A few people emailed me after my previous post asking for “more detailed” instructions on how to do the tomahawk steaks on the grill. So here they are. First, get into your car, a cab or walk to S&L Fine Foods or any other purveyor or butcher that have Australian Angus Tomahawk steaks. Purchase a couple of steaks (I bought 4 together, still in one big piece) and I cut them into individual steaks when I got home. These are chilled, not frozen. They aren’t cheap, and each steak ended up weighing about 1.25 kilos each on average, but they aren’t prohibitively expensive either when compared with other premium beef cuts.
Bring the steaks to room temperature for say 1 hour on the kitchen counter, covered with plastic wrap. Season the steaks VERY LIBERALLY with good kosher or uniodized sea salt on both sides and along the edge as well. Stick them in a fridge for say 3 hours and take them out about 30 minutes before grilling them. Get your fire ready. Next, season some freshly ground pepper, several cloves of smashed garlic, several sprigs of fresh rosemary, a bit more salt and some olive oil. Place on the grill and watch for flare-ups, covering the grill to smother the flames. Cook for say 5-6 minutes per side, depending on the heat of your grill, the distance from flame to meat, the thickness of your steak, and your desired level of doneness. Flip once and wait another 4-5 minutes and you may wish to flip back onto the cooked side for a few more minutes. I tend to tell the level of doneness by pressing the meat with my finger, but if you must have it just right, use a meat thermometer.
As soon as you take the steaks off the heat, you could put a big knob of butter on each one for a bit of extra richness, in case you needed that and your doctor has cleared you for low cholesterol levels. Let steaks rest for a few minutes before cutting into them at the dinner table. On this particular occasion, we grilled the steaks until almost rare, added the prawns to the grill, and in the back of the grill we had potatoes in foil with some dill butter. Each tomahawk steak could feed 2-3 people and with some sides and a good salad, you and your family or friends can dine for roughly PHP500-600 each, far, far less than if you eat out at a snazzy restaurant serving the same thing.