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Episode 302: Planet Steak

Reverse-Seared Porterhouse Steaks with Poblano Crema

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Serves 4 really hungry people

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Reverse-Seared Porterhouse Steaks with Poblano Crema

Recipe Notes

  • Method: Reverse-searing

Ingredients

For the steaks:

  • 3 beef porterhouse (preferably dry-aged, each about 1-1/2 inches thick) Coarse salt (kosher or sea) and coarsely and freshly ground black pepper
  • Poblano crema
  • You’ll also need: Wood chunks or chips, the latter soaked for 30 minutes in water to cover, then drained; an aluminum foil grill shield (optional); rimmed sheet pan outfitted with a wire rack; food-safe squirt bottle (optional)

Recipe Steps

1: Very generously season the porterhouses on both sides with salt and pepper.

2: Set up your grill for indirect grilling and heat to medium-low (250 degrees). Arrange the porterhouses on the grate away from the heat. Add wood chunks or chips to the fire. Smoke-roast the steak to an internal temperature of about 100 degrees. This will take 50 minutes to 1 hour.

3: Meanwhile, prepare the poblano crema following this recipe.

4: Transfer the steaks to a wire rack over a sheet pan and let rest for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, set up your grill for direct grilling and heat to high (450 degrees).

5: Arrange the porterhouses over the hottest part of the grill grate, running diagonal to the bars of the grate. Direct grill until both sides are sizzling, browned, and crusty, 2 to 4 minutes per side. You want a final internal temperature of 120 to 125 degrees for rare; 130 to 135 degrees for medium-rare; or 140 to 145 degrees for medium.

6: Transfer the porterhouse to a platter. Carve and serve with the poblano crema on the side or drizzled or squirted on top.

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