Growing up in Northern Louisiana, Brocato's (pronounced Bro-COD-doz) was a traditional fancy schmancy night out to dinner in my world. I never went there myself until I was almost married and moving away. And then I don't think I ate anything. Nonetheless, their recipes were revered and enjoyed by most in town. When I moved away I was proud to learn their famous ribeye secrets and finally enjoyed them for myself. And since then I've rarely, if ever, ventured away from that hometown Yum.
- Ribeyes cut about ¾ inch thick (make sure they’re marbleized well)
- Meat Tenderizer of choice (I use Spike brand with no MSG for all my recipes)
- Fresh ground black pepper
- Fresh minced garlic, about 1 clove per steak
- Kitchen Bouquet (found on the top shelf of the grocery store next to steak sauces)
Sprinkle both sides of your steaks with tenderizer and pepper somewhat generously. Rub your garlic into the meat as well, smearing the pepper and tenderizer into the meat better. Place everything in a Ziploc and add enough Kitchen Bouquet to coat the meat. Massage it all together and refrigerate overnight. Grill or broil steaks in the oven when you’re ready to eat. I like a medium rare steak so it’s usually about four minutes per side. And le’me tellya! Yum is absolute! I rarely ever cook them any other way because it’s just a sure thing. New York Strips are good this way too. Add a baked potato and a fresh veggie salad and Voila! You’re ready to eat!
Ever wonder how a good ol’ Coonass got his gumbo that beautiful copper color without slaving over the perfect roux? Faked it! Yep. He cheated by pouring in a bit of Kitchen Bouquet. Every Cajun knows it. Many have done it. But they ain’t sayin’…..
Also, you can vary that ribeye recipe with chicken breasts and pork loins too. And if you want a little extra somethin’-somethin’? Throw in a bit of citrus….lime, orange, lemon. It just increases the yum factor and adds a little zing to the schwing!
Bon Appetit, y’all!