Monkey Gland Barbecue Steak
Ever heard of monkey gland barbecue steak?
I know the name is a bit scary, but this great one-pan barbecue
steak recipe has nothing to do with monkeys - fortunately, they're safe
I first came across this dish on a safari trip to South Africa a few
years ago; it was served up to us one evening in the bush, and I was
immediately captivated - so much so that I now consider this
traditional South African beef steak recipe as one of my favorite grill
recipes for steak.
This is a really simple and easy outdoors and camping steak recipe,
which is great when prepared as described. The sauce makes a really
great barbecue sauce as well, and as a variation, prepare the sauce
separately and grill the steak over a regular barbecue. When done to
perfection, just spoon the sauce over.
Ready to start? Right, go out and catch yourself a monkey (just
kidding. . . .)
Ready to try some traditional South African monkey gland barbecue steak?
For the steak:
- 2 pounds boneless sirloin, sliced into 4 steaks
- 2 tablespoons good quality mustard
- 2 tablespoons freshly ground pepper
For the sauce:
- 2 tablespoons olive or other vegetable oil for frying
- 2 onions, sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 2 tomatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
- 1/2 cup ketchup
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 pound button mushrooms, sliced
- 1 tablespoon chutney or chili sauce
- 3 tablespoons vinegar
- 2 tablespoons brandy
- 1 cup chicken stock
- Rub the mustard and coarse black pepper, and brown the steaks on
both sides in olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
- Remove and keep warm.
- Add the onion and garlic to the same skillet, adding a little
more olive oil if required. Cook until onion is translucent. Add broth
and vinegar and bring to the boil, scraping up any brown bits. Add the
remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer,
uncovered for 10 minutes.
- Return steaks to pan. Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes or until
meat reaches desired doneness (for medium rare, meat temp should be
145, for well done 170).