Being that we live in the SJV in California and a typical summer temperature stays in the triple digits on a regular basis, I find that using our electric smoker for 95% of our cooking is preferred, instead of using the oven and heating up the entire house putting even more strain on our A/C unit.
So most of the post that you see on this site are usually done outside utilizing the sweet Christmas gift that my wife and father-in-law gave me a few years back.
This dish is no different. A great way to get your meat, dairy and vegetables all done with that delicious tasting smoke flavor.
- Bacon wrapped Saratoga steak
- Egg Plant (washed & sliced however you like it)
- Green beans (washed and trimmed)
- Okra (washed. You will need skewers for these babies as well)
- Olive Oil
- (S,P & G) Salt, Pepper & Garlic Powder (this should go on just about everything you cook. LOL!)
- Cayenne pepper (powder) just a pinch for the okra
- Lemon or Lime (just a wedge for okra after grilling)
- Blue Cheese (whatever you like. I love using Point Reyes Blue Cheese)
Heat your grill to 350º. If you are using a charcoal grill, get that baby going first. It’s going to take a little bit of time to get it up to temp.
Season your meat with S,P & G to taste. Let that sweet meat set up and get up to room temp while the grill is heating up.
In the meantime, start getting your egg plant and okra seasoned. Brush olive oil on egg plant (both sides), season with S,P & G. Set aside until it time to grill. In a bowl, place your okra, season with S,P & G, coat lightly with olive oil, and just a pinch of cayenne pepper for some heat. Skewer the okra so you don’t have to chase those guys all over the grill. Trust me, it’s a lot easier this way.
Once your grill is up to temp, put your meat on. Now, I’m not going to tell you how to cook your meat. Everyone has ta method to it. I personally like mine Med-Rare (the way it was intended. LOL) but cook that baby up the way you like it. Who am I to tell you what is right for you.
After your meat is finished cooking, remove and let rest inside. I like to place the blue cheese on the meat at this time.
(DO NOT EVEN THINK OF CUTTING THAT MEAT FOR AT LEAST 5-10 MIN.!!!!!!) while you cook your veggies. This step is kinda like cooking meat. Do it to your liking. I tent to like mine to be heated, but still have a little bit of firmness to it (al dente).
Get your egg plant on there first, being that seems to take longer to cook vs the okra. I basically cook my egg plant until it gets a nice char on each side but soft in the middle. Remove and let it chill while you get going on the okra and green beans. I find cooking these for around 3-4 min. each side gives it a nice char, heated through, but still have a nice crunch to it. Take that lemon / lime wedge and squeeze some of that love right onto the okra. Gives it a nice zest to it.
Pull them off, head back to the kitchen with the rest of the gang and plate.
And last of all…enjoy!!