Even being a Canadian that was transplanted to Minnesota a decade ago, I can agree with the rest of the country that this winter was just pain cold. The entire USA has seen some chilly temperatures and abnormal amounts of snow. I would like to remind everyone that warmer weather is just a few weeks away and it's almost barbecuing season! Whether it’s a simple piece of chicken or a lobster tail dinner, I make it a goal to use the grill at least once a week in the winter. As you can see, a little snow and 20 degree temperatures shouldn’t slow anyone down from enjoying the BBQ! I have included the recipe for my most recent BBQ success, Whiskey Marinated Steaks with a side of mushrooms and asparagus.
Here is the recipe that I used to help remind me that warmer weather is near.
2- 10 oz New York Strips
¼ cup of whiskey- I prefer Jack Daniels for a bolder flavor
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup Dijon mustard
¼ cup minced green onions
¼ cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon of flake salt- (I prefer salt flakes with a bit of dried chili for added spice)
A dash of Worcestershire sauce
A dash of black pepper (to taste)
3 EASY Steps- This is why I really like this marinade so much… even a novice chef such as myself can have guaranteed delicious results!
Toss everything into a mixing bowl and mix for 2 minutes by hand.
Reserve about 8 ounces of marinade for basting later.
Pour marinade into a plastic or glass food storage container, then add steaks. Close the lid tightly and place in the fridge overnight.
Now it’s time for the best part… heading outside and firing up the grill.
While warming up the grill, I place the mushrooms on my Nordic Ware Backsplash Griddle right away. This allows the mushrooms plenty of time to cook and gets the griddle warm for searing the steaks. After a few minutes of warming up, I place my steaks on the griddle and sear in the marinade flavor for a minute on each side. Then cook to taste, which for me is usually 6-7 minutes a side at 400 degrees F for a nice medium steak.
The steaks always turn out great but the best part about using the grill in the winter is that it gives you some time outside in the yard versus hibernating inside. I usually end up talking to missed neighbors or clearing off some ice on the driveway. It always feels great just being outside and smelling the BBQ.
After about 20 mins, I have a delicious dinner and some much needed fresh air. Next time you are asking yourself what to make for dinner, just remember that the BBQ can be used year round and makes the winter feel a little less cold.