sunday special: big green egg steak, bourbon sautéed mushrooms, roasted broccoli, and fried onion rings-JAM

...Happy Mother's Day

…Happy Mother’s Day

Good Sunday night, everyone! After traveling the roads of west Georgia for the last several days and eating out several times, I was ready to dive in to a good home-cooked meal and I wanted steak. Because we had a late lunch for Mother’s day, we had some time for leisure, so I was able to get a good rub and have time for it to set and get the grill up to 600 before firing it up. Also, Eleta said she wanted onion rings and who am I to deprive.

Ain't to proud to beg, sweet onion.

Ain’t too proud to beg, sweet onion.

The recipe I learned for Onion Rings comes from the great Emeril. Soak the thin rings in buttermilk and hot sauce (I used Sriracha, of course) for a least an hour. Dredge the rings in flour spiced with pepper, salt, paprika, and garlic powder and drop straight into a hot vat of canola oil (Medium high, until a water droplet instantly pops). Fry for about 6 minutes, or until they look like this:

What can I say, it's a talent. You can do it, too.

What can I say, it’s a talent. You can do it, too.

Serve with Sriracha ketchup, which is just Sriracha and ketchup, spiced to your contentment.

I also wanted to make some nice ‘Shrooms, because they are often the best compliment to a grilled steak. With some butter and garlic and pepper already in the pan, I dumped the mushrooms in let them sweat a little before adding a healthy dose of Worcestershire sauce, and once glazed, I tossed in some Maker’s Mark:

Drink up, Little Shroomies, Drink up!

Drink up, Little Shroomies, Drink up!

After this, I covered and simmered for about 10 mins, until most of the sauce was absorbed and then spiced once more with a little garlic and olive oil. A few more tosses in the pan and to the plate with them.

As a green compliment, a little roasted broccoli goes a long way. This time I just used a little toss of olive oil, salt and pepper. Perfect at 450 for about 20 mins.

Also, drink some craft beer when you sunday cook. Your mother would be proud.


Preheat grill at 550 for at least 20 mins

Season steak, covering each side with garlic powder (or fresh, if available), paprika, and kosher salt.

Onion Rings

Slice two Vidalia onions into thin ring

Cover with buttermilk and season with about 1 tbls Sriracha or hot sauce

Dredge in flour and to taste: salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder

About 4 cups canola oil, enough for about 3 inches in a deep sauce pan


8oz white button mushrooms

2 tbls butter

Garlic, pepper, salt, too taste

2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup Makers Mark

1 tsp olive oil


2 broccoli crowns

1 tsp olive oil

kosher salt and pepper.

Add a good knife, a good friend, a good beer, and good appetite and a good time will be had.

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