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Unread 06-20-2013, 09:34 PM   #1
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Default Cooking steak under a chimney starter

I remember watching Alton Brown cook a steak this way so decided to give it a try. A little canola oil, salt and pepper to season. Then I filled a weber chimney half way with lump charcoal and placed it right over my steak. 2 minutes per side. Made a really nice brown crust. Dump the coals back into the grill and finished off indirectly on the grill. Better than anything else I've tried. The 2 problems were, I can only fit 1 steak at a time. When dumping the coals into the grill after searing a few spilled out and left scorch marks on my deck. Next time I will lift them out of the starter with tongs and drop the through the lift grate.

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Unread 06-20-2013, 09:50 PM   #2
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I did the same thing using an elevated grate over my "regular" grate.
My biggest problem was that somebody stomped on the deck which made a few chunks of carbon fall onto the meat. Crunching your teeth into that kinda sucked, but the meat was excellent.
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That's a killer looking steak, thanks. Yum Yum.
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Beautiful color on the steak. I go back and forth between under the starter and putting grate on top of starter.

On the one steak at a time problem, here was my solution: use a second charcoal grate on top of charcoal baskets in my Weber. That puts the charcoal right below grilling grate. A full chimney gives enough hot coals to easily cook 2 steaks if all coals are put to one side.
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Gonna have to give that a try. I like the idea of "broiling" with the heat source on top, the fat and juices will soak back into the meat instead of just dripping out.
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I am going to try this soon. Sounds like a great idea
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Interesting idea, sounds like a must try. your steak looks a killer.
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Interesting idea for sure
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Looks good. I actually just watched the episode on you tube last night.
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Try using lump charcoal and putting the steaks directly on the charcoal. It is fantastic.
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you can get the same effect putting the grate on the top of the chimney and cooking the steak there.
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I don't know if my chimney is large enough to fit a steak under it. But I'm gonna try! Great looking steak!
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you can get the same effect putting the grate on the top of the chimney and cooking the steak there.
Not really. The idea of cooking under the chimney starter is to sear the steak in a 500+ degree environment with the heat source within an inch from the meat. You also will not get flare ups when any fat renders off the steak. The key is to just sear both sides of the steak to help seal in the juices and then finish it on top of the flames. Many great steak resturants use a salamander oven to achieve this effect.

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