The perfect caveman steak

Type of steak

Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States loved steak. He cooked it all the time with an unorthodox recipe known as the caveman or cowboy method. This is a very simple and straightforward way to cook any type of steak: filet, rib eye or t bone. My personal favorite is the rib eye because of its high marble fat content. With any recipe, the quality of your meat will improve the quality of your product. This is a good site to check the grade and quality of your steak.

Marinating your meat

One of the key steps to this recipe is to marinate your steak with sea salt for at least one hour in the refrigerator. Take 3 to 4 ounces of sea salt and rub it into one side of the steak. Flip the steak and repeat. Place it unwrapped in the fridge for at least one hour to two hours max. This process helps tenderize the steak and adds a savory flavor.

During this time, take a regular charcoal chimney and fill it up to the top. Light it up with fire starter, newspaper or paper towels doused with oil. Do not use lighter fluid because the chemicals will get into your food. Get the chimney nice and hot until you see blue and green flames shooting out the top of the chimney.

Cooking your steak

Take your steak out of the fridge and use a paper towel to blot out the excess salt. Remove 90% of the salt from the steak. Take your steak and and place it directly on the blazing hot coals. You might think this is not hygienic but the flame is so hot that it doesn't really matter. Let the steak sizzle for 1-2 minutes before flipping with tongs. Let it sizzles for another 1-3 minutes. At this time you'll see the steak start to change color. Depending on how you like your steak, you can let it stay longer to hit well done or pull it off for a more rare taste. Flip every 30 to 45 seconds.

How to tell if you steak is done


There is a simple trick to tell if your steak is done. Make a ring symbol with your thumb and first finger on your left hand. Take your right hand and poke the bulb part of your thumb on the left hand. This is how your steak will feel if it is very rare. Now take your middle finger and make a ring symbol with your thumb. This is what a rare steak feels like. The farther you go down, the tighter the bulb will feel. This youtube shows the method. I personally like a rare steak. As the steak is being seared, poke it every thirty seconds. Pull it off and serve immediately based on the tautness you like.

Enjoy your steak just like President Eisenhower did fifty years ago.