Cold Smoked/Seared T-Bones with a Hailstorm Outside My Kitchen: Q-view

Discussion in 'Grilling Beef' started by forluvofsmoke, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hey all! Just a quick blast of fun from mother nature tonight while I cooked dinner that I thought I'd share.

    Cherry over 4 charcoal brigs to get things started for a 30 minute yeilded about 95* grate temps in my SNP   with 65* ambient just prior to a thunderstorm. Temps were dropping like a brick when my wife pulled into the driveway 20 minutes earlier with steaks in tow, and that's all I know:


    Salt and CBP only on both sides of some fine need to get carried away with seasonings when you have a good cut of beef like these, IMHO:



    Let's get ta smokin":


    I fired up  2 chimneys about 2/3 full over a double-burner outdoor cooker, and about the time they were ready to drop into the grill, I told the kids (sityting outside watching the storm) that mother nature had about 1 minute to shut me down, and after that, I'm grillin' up my steaks. Tossed the briqs in, leveled 'em out, set the grates of steaks over the fire and closed the lid. About that time, it got really dark and the wind came howling in. 2 minutes later, down came the rain, and before I got the steaks flipped, it started turning back now, 'cause I'm not abandoning ship and walking away from a good steak dinner!!! A couple minutes and dinner will be ready. This pics was another tough focus from about 2 feet hot the radient heat kicked the camer's focusing all over the, I miss the old 35mm days...dial it in, and shoot whatever you want...(sigh):


    Just about ready...a couple cool spots to finish heating up for a bit:


    I'm hungry, and motyher nature's threatening to destroy my plans, but I'm not backin' down...oh no:


    Probably close to 850* grate temp for the sear...way too hot for even a quick check with 18" tongs and no gloves, so, yeah, a wicked hot grill:


    I took a quick break and tried to get the digi-cam to focus on the uncovered portion of my wood patio just outside my much precipitation it drove the camera nuts and wouldn't focus, but you can see the hail...this was just after it started...up to ping-pong ball sized hail before it was over:


    Neither, snow, nor cold, nor rain, nor sleet, nor hail shall shall stop me from cooking my dinner!!!


    No vehicle or home damage from the hail...stuff was small enough that it wouldn't break anything or dent an auto-body. Maybe we'll see a few flowering plants, shrubs and trees with a few leaves missing...other than that, we had our exitement for the week...and a nice dinner. Mild cherry smoke flavor topped with char-grilled searing...most were a nice medium-rare wiht a couple done to medium...mmm-mmm-mmm! Forgot to get plated pics with the storm raging for nearly 3/4 hour non-stop, but this was served with baked taters...yum!

    I did toss the briqs into my weber kettle to snuff 'em out cold in case the crap really did hit the perverbial fan and crashed my kitchen sending hot briquettes into something that was still dry and combustible...don't need a secondary fire after cooking dinner...still thinkin' safety at this point, and all is well.


    Last edited: Jul 5, 2011
  2. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Good to see the steaks made it out alive. [​IMG]  After all that's what's important. 
  3. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Way to hang in there and git er done!  Great Qview!
  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Now that's what steak is supposed to look like. Great job as always Eric!
  5. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That's an awesome looking steak!

  6. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice Steaks there Eric !!!!

    Good thing you didn't say, "The Hail with it !!!"

    I new nothing would stand in your way!

  7. Perfect looking steaks!!!!
  8. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yum Steak!
  9. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That a good looking steak Eric it will make any carnivorous very  happy
  10. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Now that's some fine looking eats.  What's a little weather between friends?  Good to see your smoking endeavors back on these pages.  Always something to look forward to.
  11. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

  12. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

    [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]  out of 3....looks great
  13. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks everyone, I was pretty determined (maybe stubborn?) in my efforts to continue with the dinner plans. I did fail to mention last night that Doppler Radar had indicated weak rotation in this storm. So, along with a severve thunderstorm warning, tensions were high regarding the possibility of another tornado (we got hit August 12, 2005), 2 fatalities and approx 1/3 or more of the residences destroyed (I don't recall the exact figures).

    Last night, about 40-50% of the neighborhood had already cleared out to dodge the weather long before I put smoke wood into the SNP for the cold smoke, and it was 30 minutes later when I tossed the steaks over a hot bed of coals. Enter the hail shorty after. Hmm, come to think of it, this was a somewhat strange storm, as there wasn't alot of lightning which typically accompanies a severe thunderstorm??? Lots of heavy rain and moderate sized hail along with a fair amount of wind. I think the lack of excessive amounts of lightning gave me a sense that this wasn't going to be another bad storm. And now, you know the rest of the story (as Paul Harvey would say).

    Anymore, to me, it's all just another day...I've been close to the destructive forces of our weather so many times: tornadoes, catastrophic lightning strikes (involving explosion of large storage tanks containing flammable liquids) being among the worst...I guess, in a way, I've grown accustomed to the weather, growing up in it, and working in it all my life. Heh-heh, it's pretty amazing what a guy can get used to, though.   BTW, the lightning strike to the storage tanks was probably the closest I've come to meeting my maker, thus far. I wasn't injured, but could have easily been Bbq'd from it. Hmm, that was June 10, 2002, as I recall.

    Anyway, I guess this was going to the extremes to get a great meal to the table...I wouldn't advise anyone to do it. You need to weigh the risks when dealing with mother nature, and know how to read the signs. Most importantly, always leave yourself an out. A back-up plan is a must. And, if it doesn't feel right to you, don't do it.

  14. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks for the great safety tips, Eric !!!

    I was just thinking of you, while watching "The Virginian" ----- Medicine Bow, Wyoming anywhere near you???   LOL

  15. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You're welcome, buddy!

    HA-HA!!! No, not too close, Bear, about 150 miles as the crow flies...terrain in this area dictates where the roads will be built, so it's usually 40-60% farther by land, as you drive through all the winding and zig-zag roads.

  16. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL---I hear ya !

    We got a lot of roads around here like that. My Dad used to say, "When they made the roads, their was only one guy who knew the way through the mountains, and he was always Drunk!"


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