Family Feast in Texas!
It was a great meal with beloved family!
I had to fly over to San Antonio, TX to spend some time with family there, and it was a wonderful time! Upon landing, I snagged an early lunch (late breakfast?) from Whataburger - a GIGANTIC cheeseburger! Soon after, we ended up at a Russian grocery store so my aunt, who is from the Ukraine, could buy provisions for the next evening's dinner. We also made a stop at Costco, where I found eight gigantic Ribeye steaks for the big dinner.
I was in charge of the steaks, and I went simple but good with the seasoning; garlic, freshly ground pink salt, fresh ground black pepper, and paprika. I let the ribeye steaks sit in the fridge for a couple of hours with the seasoning on them until it was time to fire up the grill.
Simply seasoned and ready to grill!
This dusty guy was the business for the evening!
Getting to it!
I was a little apprehensive about the grill at my grandfather's house, as it is a Traeger pellet grill, and I've never used a pellet grill before. It had it's plusses and minus! One of the plusses was it's heat source; I used a Traeger blend of pellets consisting of Hickory, Maple, and Cherry woods. The smoke smelled beautiful as it poured across the steaks and out of the grill. And that's another benefit of the pellet grill - the heat source can add a ton of good flavor! But on the downside, this thing was an absolute bear to keep maintain the temperature with, and it seemed to be trying to die for most of the cook. It also didn't cook evenly, and I learned the back of the grill got much hotter than the front of the grill.
But the steaks came off the grill (mostly) pretty good, with just a couple a little more done than most people preferred (we all seem to like rare to medium rare). The flavor was perfect, and thanks to selecting steaks with great marbling, they were nice and tender.
Eight large ribeye steaks, ready for consumption!
The chef got lucky, and selected a good one from the pile of steaks!
I think the highlight of the evening dinner though were the sides! My Ukrainian aunt made some wonderful sides including a really good (conventional) salad, bread with some nice seafood toppings, a huge veggie tray, a REALLY good fish salad in a cup, and some sort of Russian/Ukrainian desert cake. It was all sooooooooooo damn good!
Costco mac n' cheese!
Made from some items from the Russian grocer!
Fish salad and Costco mashed taters'!
Some sort of fish salad with potato and beets, and I loved it!!!!
I love this cake! It is hard and crunch with some sort of really good cream filling!
My downfall though? The vodka! After a ton of beer while grilling, I drank a lot of vodka, and it was nice and smooth! But I woke up the next morning for my flight back home dehydrated with a nice headache! HAHAHAHA It was all worth it though!
It was smooth, but it was the devil! HAHAHA!