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The big damn book of sheer manliness

About fifteen years ago, I stayed with this bloke called Ken, in South Carolina. He had a book - a hardback of roughly the same dimensions as a British annual. It was called The big damn book of sheer manliness. Now, I know what you're thinking - and no, the book wasn't gay. I know that, because Ken told me it wasn't. I also know that he wasn't gay and in denial, because he was big and he was manly - like the title of the book. And I didn't need need any more proof than that.

Anyway, there was a recipe in the book for something called "Macon's politically incorrect salt steak". I honestly don't know what was politically incorrect about it, but it definitely sounded great. I've wanted to try it out ever since.

Now, fifteen years is a long time to wait. But... **** it... I think this summer, I should give it a shot. Especially after my cousin and I went to all those lengths to turn his garden into a great place for barbecues.

So... not having access to the big damn book, I went online to see if I could track down the recipe. I don't know if this is completely verbatim - I had to correct a couple of spelling mistakes, so I'm confident that someone copied it from the book, rather than lifting it from some official website anywhere. And since the internet was in its infancy, back when the book was first published, there's no guarantee that there was ever an official website, anyway. I suppose that all depends on whether the writers considered that to be a sufficiently manly kind of thing to do. And I won't argue with them, whatever they decide, because they're clearly manly men who know better than me. I've only ever occasionally stumbled across my own manliness, accidentally, when I've been looking for other things.

The recipe gets very clear and specific about everything - even right down to when you need to take a drink. I think, however, that my cousin and I - when we get round to trying it - will be quite manly enough to be able to decide that for ourselves. In fact, we're Scottish - which outranks any kind of manliness where it comes to drinking. So we'll drink whenever we ******* well please and then kick the book up the arse for trying to slow us down.

Anyway... here's the recipe...

1 large Sirloin steak 1 1/2 - 2 inches thick
6 sheets of newspaper
1 large bowl of kosher rock salt
2 jars of Lawry's lemon pepper
1 jar of whole pepper corns
1 bottle of Worcestershire sauce
1 jar of grey Poupon mustard
1 roll of masking tape
10 lb bag of charcoal
1 giant bucket of water.

Start... drink an adult beverage and lay your fire six inches thick at minimum. (Make sure the grill is off).

Replenish beverage and mix spices in a big bowl.

Lay the 6 sheets of newspaper open and plunk the steak down in the middle of it. Open the jar of mustard and slather one side of the meat with a quarter of inch layer of mustard. (Make sure people watch you prepare this for best effect).

Now grab several handsful of spices and plaster it into the mustard - enough spice that no mustard gets on your hand when tapping it. Then dump Worcestershire on it to colour the whole thing brown. Carefully turn the steak over and repeat process on opposite side.

When done wrap it up in the paper and secure it with the masking tape (use as little tape as possible). Once secure, dump the package into the bucket of water. Replenish drink.

Let it soak until your fire is fully engaged... (almost hot enough to melt the grill). Then take out the package, squeeze out the excess water and throw directly onto the coals. (Pray to the charcoal gods that your fire does not go out from this). Allow about 10 minutes per side (the paper should be smouldering and close to catching fire). Rescue the package from the fire and using your now empty water bucket scrape the paper, mustard and spices off the meat. Your steak should look sickly white.

Put the grill back on above the coals and brown the steak for 3 to 5 minutes per side until it looks like beef again. Slice into strips and serve.

The steam from the newspaper will marinate the meat with the flavor of the spices and mustard while leaving the original juices in the meat as well.

Enjoy and remember not to overcook your meat or else it turns into jerky.
TheNakedPoet TheNakedPoet 41-45, M 3 Responses Feb 2, 2013

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Oh jeez G-guy.....It is just too darn early in my morning to be reading this and laughing like some crazed fool!! I LOVED IT!! I never, ever heard of the whole newspaper and bucket of water routine and I'd avoid the newspaper cause the ink isn't too healthy for anyone to be eating but the marinade recipe sounds doable!! If ya wanna do this in a less "manly" way you could put the marinade on and stick it in the frig over night and then just cook in a more, "wussified" way and get the same results!! Let us know how it turns out too!! I haven't laughed this hard this early in a longggggg time!! You so ROCK!! ♥

No. Sorry. Your suggestion makes sense and there's much less potential for risk from ink poisoning, but that's just not manly enough for me. Bloody women with your longer lives and your careful ways. That's just gay.

Actually, to be honest, I think that the risk from ink infecting the meat is negligible. It has to penetrate an inch of mustard and spices, and once that's been scraped off, there's just no chance left.

Anyway, if I did it your way, the video wouldn't be anywhere near so entertaining.

OHHHH....Well if your gonna FILM it all for us you just gotta go all manly and do this the right way!! Damn the ink!! If I knew it was gonna be filmed I never would have recommended any wussification!! I Totally wanna watch this acted out using your very manly BEST moves....*don't forget close ups of the hands for me! ;)

Minus the lemon pepper, it looks yummy. I'm not a big fan of lemon pepper on beef. I love the name of this recipe.

It definitely sounds like it would be nice. I'll stick with the recipe as it is as long it's me and my cousin, though. But when you come over to visit, I'll make a special one for you - minus the lemon pepper - and then I'll share it with you to compare the difference.

Laughing hysterically reading this. Graham there are much more easier ways to grill steaks. I can totally imagine you and your cousin doing this. Please take pictures if you do. And try not to set either of you on fire in between drinking and grilling. lol!!! :)

I think we might go better than that. I'm thinking we should video the whole process and then I can try to make another film out of it - like I did with the slabbing. I'd have posted that as well, but his children are in it, and I think he'd rather not have their pictures online.

Although... I could have created an edit of that one without the kids.