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Old 06-24-2008, 12:18 PM   #1
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Default Has anyone cooked on coals directly? Ala Alton Brown?

I did the other night, and I'll be damned if it didn't work like a champ. I was setting some skirt steak to the flame for fajitas. Yum!

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/reci..._24088,00.html

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Old 06-24-2008, 12:25 PM   #2
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I have been curious to try this. Did you rest it wrapped in foil? that seems like it would destroy the crust you would get by cooking directly on the coals.
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Old 06-24-2008, 12:30 PM   #3
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I did give it a short rest, then poured the juices back over the slices. Resting in the foil does decrease the crust, but I figure for a fajita the juicy factor is more important than the surface crust.

I'm wondering if you were to try this with a different sort of meat that you might be better off skipping the pouch. I bet some thinly sliced sirloin would go great with this approach.
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Old 06-24-2008, 12:36 PM   #4
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Never have and might have to give it a try...if I can get my wife's hair dryer out of the house without her getting suspicious.
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Old 06-24-2008, 12:37 PM   #5
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There's a few guys on the Egg forum that have been doing it. I seem to always have a grate to cook on.
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Old 06-24-2008, 12:51 PM   #6
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Never have and might have to give it a try...if I can get my wife's hair dryer out of the house without her getting suspicious.
haha,

I used one of our patio cushions to fan the ash away. Seemed to work well enough.
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Old 06-24-2008, 12:54 PM   #7
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My oldest son did it with success
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Old 06-24-2008, 03:32 PM   #8
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when i was a young pup i lived on some small pacific islands. fish was cooked right on top of coconut husk coals. best fish i've ever tasted. course the raw fish was good also.
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Many moons ago I read a recipe about cooking a roast in a paper bag directly in the fire/coals. I did tried it and it worked great. It has been so long I don't remember exactly, but I think I just seasoned it, through it in a brown paper bag, and though it in a campfire.
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Old 06-24-2008, 03:40 PM   #10
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I have done it before. It was from a recipe in a Raichlen book based on a restaurant in rhode island call al forno. it is called dirty steak
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We did one night when butchering a deer- took the loins, cut a few into chunks like big thick fillet mignon - opened up the dampers on the wood stove, seasoned the meat, shook the ash off the coals and in they went- had a nice crust and were as juicy as could be-
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