From farm to tailgate and tailgate to table! These gorgeous, mouthwatering racks of Australian grassfed lamb were seasoned in an aromatic blend of Moroccan herbs and toasted spices, then basted and browned while slowly prepared to tender, medium-rare perfection. This feast was garnished with a homemade mint and roasted garlic chimichurri and vertical paradise micros. Plated for a crowd and served with an ice cold cold beverage, alongside family and the very best of friends. Stay hungry and long live the adventure. -David
3-4racksAustralian Grassfed Lamb, trimmed and frenched
Unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2cupRas el Hanout Moroccan seasoning
2tablespoongranulated garlic powder
Kosher salt and fresh ground peppercorn, to taste
Mint-parsley chimichurri, to garnish
Zest of 1 Meyer lemon
Remove lamb from refrigeration up to two hours prior to grilling and rest on the counter, bringing up to near room temperature. 30 minutes before laying lamb to flame, preheat grill to medium-high heat. Meanwhile, score the fat cap in crosshatch-fashion, brush entirety of the rack with a 2:1 mixture of olive oil and butter, then generously season with Ras el Hanout, all spices, sugar, salt and fresh ground peppercorn.
Place lamb fat-side down over direct heat and sear until nicely charred. Turn the grill to low, flip rack bone-side down and reposition lamb over indirect heat. Close the grill lid and cook for an additional 10-12 minutes, until internal temperature reads 125-130F. Remove lamb from heat, transfer to a cutting board and rest under a tin foil tent for 5-10 minutes.
To plate, carve the racks into individual chops. Dress with a homemade mint-parsley chimichurri and finish with the zest of lemon. Serve immediately.
Over the years as our travels have whisked us from sea to shining sea, from one continent, breathtaking mountaintop and smoky backyard barbecue to the next, without question my favorite corner of God’s green earth is still a small, Mayberry-esque farming community in the great white, rustic north of Pure Michigan. Huddled only miles from the near-endless pristine shorelines of Great Lake Michigan our family home rests far off the beaten path of a long and narrow country road – a destination every November for loved ones to gather, break bread and celebrate as we enjoy each other’s company, a homemade meal, and the fleeting moments of fall before the onset of a long, chilly winter season ahead.
On this brisk evening our plane arrived just in time to catch the fading colors of autumn and a golden sunset on horizon – undoubtedly, there is no place like home.
3 hours in the air and another 2 traversing bumpy back roads, we pulled into the familiar, long-winding driveway of my childhood home, only to be greeted on doorsteps by family and friends, a campfire billowing in the backyard and beer chest loaded to the brim with cases of ice cold craft brew. And, it is here that our holidays commence, a 5-day weekend starting annually on the eve of Thanksgiving, with this gathering and feast affectionately known as, “Steaksgiving!”
While the trek was long, I gladly volunteered to take the reigns as “Steaksgiving” chef (again this year). Perfect for the occasion and serving a crowd, my inspiration for this recipe was a throwback to a holiday I spent abroad nearly 10 years ago, traveling for weeks from the cityscapes of Melbourne, over Sydney’s Harbour Bridge, to the farm fields and ever-breathtaking mountainscapes of Tasmania.
These gorgeous cuts of Australian grassfed beef filet mignon were infused overnight in an simple bath of smoked soy, brown sugar, roasted garlic and shallots, then paired with seasonal vegetables from the local farmer’s market and paired together on wooden skewers. The ka-bobw were grilled to medium-rare perfection over the barbie, then dressed with an aromatic garden of fresh herbs and served family-style alongside two handfuls of ice cold, craft-brewed amber ale.
Bright and colorful. Fresh and flavorful. Simple and seasonal. Every last bite and morsel devoured. This is live fire perfection.
Amber Ale-Marinated Filet Mignon Steak and Wild Mushroom Skewers
Author: Chef David, Live Fire Republic
2-3poundsAustralian grassfed beef flitet mignon, trimmed and cubed
1/2cupBLiS smoked soy sauce, or regular soy sauce
1/4cup olive oil, plus additional for basting skewers
1/4cuplight brown sugar
2medium-sized shallots, diced
1/2headgarlic, roasted in oven until golden and tender
3-4cupsassorted wild mushrooms, rinsed
2green peppers, chopped
2large red onions, chopped
Kosher salt and fresh ground peppercorn, to taste
1bunchfresh parsley, to garnish
2cupshomemade chimichurri recipe, or store-bought
1dozenwooden skewers, soaked in water 30minutes before use
Place cubed steak, soy, beer, oil, sugar, shallots, mustard and roasted garlic into an air-tight resealable plastic bag. Combine and ensure all portions of meat are well-covered. Marinate for 8 hours, up to over night. Remove steak from refrigeration 1 hour prior to grilling, discard marinade and rest on the counter until near room temperature.
Meanwhile, preheat the barbecue for direct grilling and medium-high heat.
While the grill is warming to temperature, arrange the marinated beef cubes, mushroom, onion and peppers on the skewers, careful to not overload the ka-bobs. Drizzle with olive oil and season to taste.
Grill the skewers with the grill lid open for 3-4 minutes per side, until the beef has reached an internal temperature of at least 125-130F. Remove skewers from the grill, place under a tin foil tent and rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
Plate family-style, garnish with parsley and a spoonful of chimichurri per skewer. Serve alongside family, the best of friends and an ice cold craft-brewed amber ale. Cheers!
Now, it’s time for board games, a few dozen rounds of euchre, midnight karaoke, and prepping for a full weekend of family, food, fall fishing and a bit more fun than I deserve at my age. From mine to yours, be blessed, stay hungry and long live the adventure. -David
David Olson is a nationally-recognized American Culinary Federation (ACF) Chef, television personality and social network influencer, award-winning recipe developer, live fire grill master, international adventurer, and the creator behind, “LiveFire Republic”…