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Recipe From from Weber’s On the Grill™: Steak & Sides by Jamie Purviance

Big Cowboy Steaks with Whiskey Barbecue Sauce

  • People

    Serves 4 to 6

  • Prep Time

    5 min.

  • Grilling Time

    8 to 10 min.

Serves 4 to 6
Prep Time
5 min.
Grilling Time
8 to 10 min.

the Ingredients

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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 60 grams finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 60 millilitres whiskey, preferably bourbon
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 120 millilitres pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 bone-in rib eye steaks, each 400 to 450 grams and about 3 centimetres thick, trimmed of excess fat
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


  • 01 In a large saucepan over medium–high heat on the stove, warm the oil. Add the onion and cook until tender but not browned, 5 to 7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute, stirring constantly to prevent browning. Remove the pan from the heat and slowly pour in the whiskey (beware of any flames!). Return the pan to the heat and cook until the whiskey is almost completely evaporated, about 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste until well incorporated. Add the syrup, vinegar, mustard, paprika, hot sauce and pepper. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes to meld the flavours and thicken the sauce slightly. Remove from the heat and set aside.
  • 02 Lightly brush the steaks on both sides with oil and season evenly with salt and pepper. Allow the steaks to stand at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes before grilling.
  • 03 Prepare the grill for direct cooking over high heat (230°C to 290°C). If you’re using a charcoal grill, keep a small part of the charcoal grate clear of briquettes as a safety zone of indirect heat.
  • 04 Grill the steaks over direct high heat, with the lid closed, until cooked to your desired doneness, 8 to 10 minutes for medium rare, turning once or twice (if flare-ups occur, move the steaks temporarily over indirect heat). Remove from the grill and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes. Serve warm with the sauce.