Planked Steaks in the Oven

Tyler’s Man-Food Steak Dinner: Steak, Onions and Taters.

This is how I made a delicious steak dinner, on a grilling plank, in my oven. I would like to tell you that everything went perfectly during this grilling adventure, but I would be lying through my teeth. So here goes my story...

It started with a great idea, plank-grill a thick, juicy T-bone steak and pair it with a porter. On the way home I picked up that nice thick steak and a 6-pack of Black Butte Porter; things couldn’t be better, until I got home.

Admittedly, I was a little over-excited about these steaks. I ran to the back deck where my grill lives and began looking around for matches. I found them and tried to light the grill. It was way too windy for that, so I grabbed the BBQ lighter. It was way to windy for that too. I even tried the newspaper under the chimney-stack trick, and the wind picked up and blew it out.

Since the gale-force wind was preventing my grilling outside I packed it inside to the relative safety of my kitchen. I had heard that oven planking was a thing...but I was skeptical but cooking my T-bones in the oven on a plank had not occurred to me until now, but good thing I thought of that, because it worked!  I was warm and could take my sweet, sweet time preparing my dinner.

That is how we get to my recipe below. When it’s too nasty to grill outside, or you run out of propane, try planking in the oven.

Ingredients 

  • 2 - Grilling planks (I used Red Oak)
  • 2 - 8 oz. T-Bone Steaks
  • 1 - Onion
  • 3 - Large red potatoes
  • 1 Tablespoon - Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Method

  • Soak: Grilling plank in hot tap water for at least 15 minutes, making sure it’s completely submerged.
  • Preheat: Preheat oven to 425ºF degrees.
  • Prep: Chop the whole yellow onion length wise into good thick slices, wash potatoes.
  • Taters: Put your potatoes in a pot and cover them with cold water, until the potatoes are just submerged. Turn up the heat and bring the water to a boil. Leave the pot uncovered. Poke with a fork five minutes in to check if they are done. When they’re done, drain, reserve and cover with foil.
  • Onions: You gotta have onions with your steak! Put them in a medium pan and cook them until they are soft and caramel colored.
  • Steak: Salt and pepper your steaks. Heat your pan to high (450ºF) on the stovetop and add 1 tbs of olive oil. You should hear aggressive sizzling. Sear your steak for one minute on each side. Transfer seared steak to soaked grilling plank. Put the whole thing in the oven and cook until it’s then way you like it.(for me, the redder the better)
  • Eat: Let the steaks rest for 5 minutes, plate them, smother them with onions and serve with the potatoes you made. Pair with porter, and dig in.

Who says grilling steak is for the outdoors? Here is how to make an amazing steak in the oven.


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