Elk is some of the finest red meat on the planet. Being from Mississippi, I don’t get the chance to eat it very often, but when a friend offered some from a recent harvest, I jumped on the chance.
For this recipe, I wanted to savor the taste of the elk, so I kept the seasoning to a minimum. Coarse salt and black pepper are all that’s needed. I also use a cast iron skillet over hot coals to sear the outside, leaving it rare to medium rare in the center. This process works for any type of steak, so feel free to try it with beef as well. I use my Weber kettle grill with a Santa Maria attachment from Gabby Grills. It gives me the ability to raise and lower the grate over the coals, which makes regulating the temperature very easy. You can also just pick up the pan with some heatproof gloves to raise and lower it. This cook doesn’t take long.
The process is simple: season each elk steak with salt and black pepper. Then when the coals are good and hot, place an iron skillet directly on the grill grate and let the skillet heat up a bit. That shouldn’t take long at all, only 2-3 minutes if your coals are burning hot. Add a tablespoon of butter to the skillet and let it melt. Then place one of the steaks in the center of the skillet and let it sear for 2 minutes. At this point, add a few cloves of garlic, a sprig of fresh rosemary, and an additional tablespoon of butter to the skillet. Now it’s starting to smell really good! After 2 minutes, flip the elk steak over, and begin basting it with the butter mixture left in the pan. It needs about 2 more minutes to cook to medium rare – which is just where I like it.
Then remove the steak from the grill and let it rest while you repeat the process for the next steak. Be sure to wipe out the skillet between each cook and give it a few minutes to get hot before adding the next steak. Then slice it and enjoy.
Serve with: a porter or stout.
Published On: 10/23/2019 Last Modified: 3/25/2021