To celebrate the release of A Summertime Grilling Guide from The Splendid Table, I am attempting to grill my way through the book’s many surprising recipes. To catch up on previous dishes and read extended journal entries, you can follow my blog here.
This is a true treat which I will enjoy again and again! This recipe more than met my 15 minute rule for cooking. The 15 minute rule is widely known by my family and friends and it is amazing at the number of dishes or meals which you can cook with 15 minutes of prep time. I don’t really care if a dish sits in a slow cooker all day or in the oven, on the stove, on the grill or by the fire, but the one criteria which MUST be met is 15 minutes of my time or prep time. Families and friends actually test recipes for the prep time before they send them to me. It is a rare occassion, such as my mother’s birthday where I prepare city chicken or mock chicken legs, in which I break the 15 minute rule.
A Summertime Grilling Guide states 10 minutes of prep time for this dish. I think it took me 5 (and possibly even less). With all the other dishes I have prepared lately, I had every ingredient from the short list on-hand and didn’t have to trek to the store. The marinade is simple to prepare as it really is just 5 tablespoons of maple syrup with 3 tablespoons of cider vinegar, 5 large cloves of garlic minced plus salt and pepper to taste. I put the pork steak in a zip-lock at the cabin with the marinade and let it marinade on the 1 hour drive home in a cooler with ice.
Upon getting home, I fired up the grill using the suggested method of cooking where you set one burner on high and the second burner on low for a gas grill (for charcoal, Lynne suggests the two-zone cooking method described in the book). I seared both sides of the steaks on high and then moved them over the low heat turning the steaks at about 6 minutes. The pork steaks were fantastic and had a wonderful flavor. The bitterness of the cider vinegar was more than complemented by the sweetness of the maple syrup. As a bonus, I will share with you my lazy man potatoes. These require about 40 to 45 minutes on the grill, on the upper rack or not over the direct fire or flame. To prepare the lazy man potato, simply wash the potato and then cut it into 4 wedges. Pour a tablespoon of a good Italian dressing over the top or my favorite is a tablespoon of Vidalia Onion & Peppercorn dressing. Wrap in foil and place on the grill. The result is a wonderful baked potato which doesn’t even require butter.
The lazy man potato is a perfect companion to the WONDERFUL flavors of the Cider-Grilled Pork Steaks. This meal passed the test of my grandma.