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Man Fuel: T-Bone Steak & Potatoes

We are men, and we eat meat. Not that that we require meat every day or anything, but when we do, we want it to be worthy of the wages that beset our colon, not to mention our pocket book. When the day has ebbed long, evening shadows breaking, and we waddle through the kitchen door, pekid and of trembling legs from a day’s long labor, are we not secretly hoping for a big, thick, and decidedly juicy steak, plopped on a platter, juices oozing,  sided with a plentiful allotment of potatoes? You’re darn right we are. We are men! We will never turn down a steak, so long as as our doctor is not in the room. Even women get this way from time to time, deliriously entombed in the heady thralls of meat lust. And we are not to analyze why, but instead to procure a succulent T-Bone or the like in short fashion. Yes indeed, there are some days in a pit keeper’s life menu where he must at once,  and savagely so maybe, abandon all fanciful marinades and intricate rubs, and get down to the primal business of just putting meat to flame, and worry of nothing else. On days like this, and your body will tell you when, nothing quite so hits the spot better, than a big steak, and a lovely side of potatoes. That is all we need. Man fuel at its most basic. And hunger shall be our spice.

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With meager fanfare, let us then lay meat to flame, and declare that it is good. An appetizer of chicken wings to start, just because. Then a thick T-Bone perfectly seared ought to do, surrounded in love by a starchy congregation of potatoes. Spuds rubbed first in olive oil, and seasoned lightly with a little salt, and a little pepper. Placed in kindly order over direct heat. And the steak, oh that beloved cut of  beef that we have longed for so long, of all the things we cook on the pit here, this one holds a special place. I shall not regale you with a litany of promising spice and marinade, because in point of fact, there are none. Not for steak. Oh people do, and have a dear old time I know. But of all the meats in the grilling arts, I think I like to keep steak the simplest. Just a dash of garlic and and a touch of onion salt, and nothing more, seared in smokey perfection over a hardwood fire. Dang! Good meat will do the talking, by and far, if we would just get out of its way.

20130509_181442_edit0 You could get a whole lot fancier, but nothing will hit the spot more keenly, nor lobby for a man’s fuel so feverishly, than fire grilled T-bone steak and potatoes. We are men you see. And if this is all we had, it would be alright. Amen.

22 responses

  1. My mouth is watering now! Excellent article, you guys write so well it’s like talking to a friend. And I want some of them wings, just because.

    June 4, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    • Wow thanks Mike! Well we henceforth then declare you a friend of the Patrons of the Pit. Your Mike. You eat meat. You’re our friend indeed!

      June 4, 2013 at 2:50 pm

  2. debbeedoodles

    Hey now, I love my beef, especially steak!! 😉 Sounds just like my husband. As you know, he loves to grill!

    June 4, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    • Oh I know the lady folk sometimes get the hankering too. I made sure to include a plug in there for the fairer species. Your husband is cool, I hope he knows that!

      June 4, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      • debbeedoodles

        He “Likes” you on Facebook, since he doesn’t read blogs on here much.

        June 4, 2013 at 4:46 pm

  3. We gals love a good steak and potato too!! And nothing better than on the grill. Great post. I really enjoy a steak!!

    June 4, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    • Steak is awesome stuff indeed. I saw what you do over there on your blog. You make a right fine one yourself! Grill on puginthekitchen!

      June 4, 2013 at 3:12 pm

  4. That food is truly worthy my friend, good steak and potatoes is hard to beat.

    June 4, 2013 at 4:24 pm

  5. A Carnivore after my own heart. Stay true to the art, my Brother from another Mother … you have a keen follower of your craft. Awesome, as usual … stay hungry my Carnivorous friend.

    June 4, 2013 at 9:04 pm

  6. Yet another “man-meal” done right! We continue to be impressed. Keep up the good work. 🙂

    June 5, 2013 at 8:11 am

    • Thank you Will. Sometimes, just nothing is gonna do it better than a steak.

      June 5, 2013 at 9:48 am

  7. laurie27wsmith

    Who doesn’t love meat and taters? Maybe vegetarians but the rest of us? Yum. You can’t bring any closer to the basics of cooking than fire grilled meat, more yums.

    June 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm

  8. Liz

    meat lust? heady thralls? fantastic! Yes, “women get this way from time to time,” but don’t ever tell us we waddle through the kitchen door (or waddle anywhere, really) 😉 Loved reading–imagine that o-:

    June 5, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    • I shall heed your waddle advise. There are just allot of things you probably shouldn’t tell a woman, and that’s one of them! But what if they’re pregnant, and clearly waddling? Never mind. No excuses!

      June 6, 2013 at 9:32 am

  9. small amount of salt, some cracked pepper. that is how my steaks are cooked. we have a very similar ideology about meat preparation. simple is better. great read hoss.

    June 6, 2013 at 9:24 am

    • Thanks bearded one! Yeah, steaks are so good as they are, it would be a pity to do them all up too pretty like. Pork on the other hand, sometimes it needs help!

      Thanks man!

      June 6, 2013 at 9:28 am

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    June 13, 2013 at 10:01 am

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    August 7, 2013 at 1:46 pm

  12. Man, your writing made me feel like the steak was in front of me (wish it was!) Right on about not needing to add too much in terms of spices – the simpler the better. Enjoyed the post and looking forward to reading more!

    January 7, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    • Hey thank you kindly for stopping by. I love a good steak. Man, now I wish one was in front of me too! Make yourself at home here, Martin. Glad to have you about!

      January 7, 2014 at 6:56 pm

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