Rockin’ Grilled Porterhouse – Need I Say More?

This year Hubby switched gears – he wanted a Porterhouse for his birthday supper. And boy, did he have a Porterhouse! It seems a shame that Hubby grilled up his own dinner, but when it comes to cooking with fire, he’s really awesome!

I’ve got a lot of fancy rubs and all sorts of “grilling” recipes at our disposal, but one look at those tender, GIANT steaks, and instinct took over – keep it simple. These are quality steaks, full of wonderful beefy flavors and they aren’t going to require much else. A little salt, a little Montreal Seasoning and that’s it. Can’t get much simpler. To grill up the perfect steak, it’s all a matter of timing and preference.  Hubby and Kiddo like their steak medium – nicely pink without any blood. When Hubby first became “Hubby”, he ate his steaks well-done!! Slowly, I’ve taught him better. Burnt offerings are for the gods and not human consumption.  As for me, hey, if it’s warm in the middle and ain’t mooing it’s done. Medium steaks should hit the grill about 3-4 minutes ahead of a rarer steak. That way, all the steaks are grilled “just right”, none are over-grilled or under-grilled waiting on the others.

Before I get into the recipe and grilling times in more detail, let me start by saying that we use coal or small hunks of wood for grilling. We use a chimney to start the coals – never lighter fluid. Our grill is one of those bad boys with vents on either end, a chimney on top and a tray for the coals that can be raised or lowered as needed to control the heat. We love it. While it took Hubby a few tries to work out the kinks with all the “vents”, he’s an artist now.  The more open the chimney, the more heat circulates. The more closed the chimney, the more smoke circulates. It’s just a matter of what you want to achieve. Hubby modestly says he’s no expect on grilling and that every grill is different. All I know is the man can grill up some mighty fine meats.

Tonight’s dinner was no exception – it rocked!  Perfectly grilled steaks and baked potatoes with all the fixings – butter, sour cream and chives.

One final note – quality is everything when it comes to food. You don’t have to break the bank. If you shop wisely and look for sales, you need not sacrifice quality. It makes all the difference in the world. Stores will rotate specials on quality products just to get you in the door in the hopes you’ll fill the rest of your cart with over-priced processed foods for the sake of convenience.

Simple Grilled Porterhouse
1 Porterhouse Steak per person (about 1 ½-2 lbs)
Salt to taste
Montreal Steak Seasoning to taste
Olive Oil

At least 1 hour before grilling, remove steaks from the refrigerator, season lightly with salt on both sides and let sit. The salt will draw out the moisture, break down the proteins and then the steak will absorb its own juices.

Build a nice fire for direct grilling. When the grill is good and hot, (around 450-500 degrees) brush steaks with a little olive oil, sprinkle lightly with Montreal Season and start cooking.

Begin with the steaks that are to be more to the medium side. Sear one side about 3 minutes with the lid closed. Turn, add steaks to be grilled more to the medium-rare side. Sear all the steaks 3 minutes with the lid closed.

Transfer first steaks to the warming rack, flip the late arrivals and sear about 3 minutes.

Return all the steaks to the grill. Raise grill (or lower coals) to continue grilling, about 3-4 minutes longer, turning once.

Remove steaks from grill, stack on a plate and tent with foil. Allow steaks to rest about 10 minutes, then serve.

Total grilling time for Medium: About 12 minutes, including 3 minutes on warming rack.

Total grilling time for Medium-Rare: About 9 minutes


If you are still in the mood for a steak with a great rub, check out my recipe Wyoming or Bust: Grilled Rib Eye Steak Cut the Cowboy Way

For grilling tips and times for a “monster” of a Porterhouse (28 oz bad boy) be sure to stop by Grilling Up Porterhouse Magic

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