Cattle Corner: Grilled T-Bone with Tequila-Chipotle Butter Sauce

The Tehama County CattleWomen’s Association suggests “Beef for Father’s Day” to all fathers, grand-fathers and great-grand-fathers, as. 5-year-old Clayton has fun with his grandfather, Kevin Borror.


Grilled T-Bone with Tequila-Chipotle Butter Sauce from The Nolan Ryan Beef & Barbecue Cookbook.

Serves 9.

Prep time: 15 minutes, plus one day to chill the chile butter.

Cooking time: 10 to 14 minutes.


ν 8 T-bone steaks, 1 inch thick

ν 8 cup (1/2 pound) unsalted butter, at room temperature

ν 1/4 cup fresh cilantro (leaves only)

ν 1 banana pepper, seeded

ν 1 tablespoons chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

ν 2 tablespoons silver tequila

ν 1 tablespoon brown sugar

ν 1 large yellow onion, cut in half

ν 1/4 cup olive oil

ν 2 tablespoons kosher salt

ν 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper


1. Place the butter, cilantro, banana pepper, chipotles and adobo, tequila, and brown sugar in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.

2. Place a sheet of plastic wrap on a work surface. Spoon the chile butter down the center of the plastic wrap. Roll the plastic around chile butter into a log about 8 inches long. Twist the ends to seal and refrigerate over night.

3. Preheat the grill to medium-high and lightly oil the grill grates.

4. Using a large fork, rub the grill with the cut sides of the onion halves for a sweet, smoky flavor.

5. Brush the steaks on both sides with the oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill the steaks (in batches, if necessary) for 5 to 7 minutes per side for medium-rare.

6. Cut the chilled chile butter log crosswise into 8 slices.

7. Place 1 butter slice on each steak, allow the butter to melt into the steaks for 30 seconds, then remove the steaks from the grill and serve.

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