BBQ22/17: Afterburner Rib Eye Steaks
I got a Pro Q Afterburner for Christmas and have been meaning to use it for ages, this was the day it got it’s first use! I am writing this 3 weeks after I did the cook as I have been on holiday so some of the details are a bit hazy! Really happy with the photos on this one, it was daylight for once when I was cooking and the natural light outdoors has provided far better photos than I usually get under spotlights in the kitchen! As we move towards summer hopefully I will get some more good photos for future cooks!
The Afterburner is an impressive bit of kit – A solid/heavy steel grate that sits on top of your chimney starter allowing you to cook small(ish) items quickly and without firing up the BBQ fully. Sitting so close to the fuel on top of the chimney starter provides an incredible amount of heat to the grill. I fired up the chimney with the last of my Sweet Chestnut from Oxford Charcoal and after 10 minutes I used my infra-red thermometer to check the temperature of the grill. It was reading 500c and rising!
I had a spare Rib Eye steak from Turner and George in the freezer and my wife picked up a Black Gold Rib Eye from our local butcher. I have heard good things about the Black Gold so was keen to try it, especially as it was half the price of the T&G steak!
I didn’t do anything fancy with the steaks, just a little bit of rapeseed oil then Maldon Sea Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper. The first steak went onto the afterburner:
I gave it a couple of minutes then flipped it over:
I kept giving it a jab with the Thermapen and was aiming for 55c internal temperature for medium rare.
Once the first steak hit 55c I took it out and left it to rest for 10 minutes whilst I cooked the 2nd steak.
The usual anticipation as I sliced the meat open hoping to see pink!
As is becoming quite a habit in our house I cooked up the Byron seasoned fries and added some peas – great meal!
All in all, really impressed with the Afterburner. A solid, well made bit of kit which is also reasonably priced. When I had finished cooking I poured the charcoal into the BBQ and shut all the vents to put the fire out.
I used the Afterburner on my Weber chimney starter and it fitted without any issues. Not sure what happened but the handle on the chimney starter set on fire during the cook and melted! I couldn’t do much as everything was so hot it was burning through my welding gloves so I had to leave it. I need to speak to Weber about the handle, not sure it should contain flammable material considering it’s purpose!
I wouldn’t change a lot on this cook other than trying not to set fire to my chimney starter next time!
In terms of the steaks, the T&G rib eye was far, far better than the Black Gold steak. The Black Gold steak seemed chewier which I am putting down to insufficient hanging/ageing as the meat was quite red before I cooked it compared to the T&G one. Even though the T&G one was twice the price, it was worth it!