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Humble Hospitality

Updated on August 25, 2010

Grilling Skirt Steaks

The only thing missing from the plate is one thing.....some one to taste it.
The only thing missing from the plate is one thing.....some one to taste it.

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The best backyard bash I ever threw was the one I didn't plan. It started off as just a few of us grilling steaks - until I walked out front to snip some dahlia for the picnic table bump into my neighbors Dave and Lisa. 'C' mon by '' I told them. Then my best friend Curtis show up. Hope you don't mind he says, but then I invited my neighbor kevin who was fixing up his house down the street, he had a few friends helping him so they came along too. Other folks we know strolled past heard music and laughter, and headed on back. Before I realize what was happening, my causal supper for six had turned into dinner for 16.

So I sliced up the steaks, to make them stretch further, and ask my girlfriend to pick some extra salad  greens from our garden. No I hadn't prepare dessert, but I did have a gallon of ice cream in the freezer. In the end, everyone may have eaten less, but we all managed to get fed, by so much more than food alone. Our  boisterous group of carpenters, and doctors, bakers and artist, 8 year olds and 58 -year olds was the very definition of community and fellowship. As the sky darkened and the wine disappeared, I watched my guest debate over politics and chase lightning bugs ( age depending ). But the obvious dawned on me; The host accounts for such a tiny percentage of the party equation. All the fretting and fussing is beside the point. The heart of the matter has little to do with setting the stage. It's about the people, people! in spirit of humble hospitality, I try to  serve up the best entertainment I can with great ideas, recipes, and products. Come on fire up the barbecue, turn on the stereo, and see what's happens, and just keep it simple it worked for me, Enclosed with this article is the recipe for the grilled skirt steak that I made for this gathering.

Grilled Skirt Steaks

What you will need:

  • Skirt steak - 1 pound
Chili powder - 1 tablespoon Ground cumin seeds - 1 teaspoon Large garlic clove - minced and mashed to a paste with 1 tsp coarse salt Worcestershire sauce - 2 teaspoons Sugar - 1 teaspoon Freshly ground black pepper - 3/4 teaspoon Allspice - 1/4 teaspoon Vegetable oil or olive oil - 1 tablespoon

How to cook it:

  1. To start this skirt steak recipe, combine all spice rub ingredients (chili powder, cumin, garlic, Worcestershire, sugar, pepper, allspice and oil) in a bowl and mix completely.
Rub spice rub all over meat, making sure to get it into all the nooks and crannies of the skirt steak. Seal in a plastic bag or other container, tightly sealed with as little additional air as possible. Marinate in refrigerator for several hours and up to 2 days. I prefer at least overnight for the flavors to really incorporate. Remove from refrigerator at least an hour before preparing to let it reach room temperature before cooking. Prepare a hot grill for this skirt steak recipe (you want direct, high heat to sear the steaks quickly). Season additionally with a sprinkling of coarse salt, as desired, just before grilling. Grill 3 to 5 minutes each side until just springy to the touch, for medium rare. Be careful cooking too much longer because since the skirt steak is thin it will cook through very quickly on a hot grill. Move meat to a platter and cover with aluminum foil. Let stand at least 5 minutes. Cut steaks into slices on the diagonal, against the grain of the meat.

Serve with warmed tortillas, rice, beans or any other appropriate sides you'd like!

The Handicapped Chef Carlton Haynes is owner of Triple H Catering and Consulting Service & Chef Brand Foods for more information contact us at



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