Rib Eye Steaks with Pete's Barbecue Sauce


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Rib Eye Steaks with Pete’s Barbecue Sauce. Photo © Anson Smart
Photo: © Anson Smart
Total Time:
45 mins


  • 1 cup red wine vinegar

  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, plus more for grilling

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar

  • 2 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped

  • 1 cup smoky barbecue sauce

  • 1 teaspoon sambal oelek

  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 4 rib eye steaks on the bone, cut 3/4 inch thick (about 1 pound each)

  • Rosemary sprigs, for garnish


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the vinegar, dry mustard and cloves and simmer over moderate heat until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Transfer the vinegar to a heatproof bowl. Wipe out the saucepan.

  2. Add the 2 tablespoons of oil to the saucepan, along with the onion, garlic and cumin. Cook over moderately low heat until the onion is softened and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add the brown sugar and tomatoes and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the reduced vinegar and the barbecue sauce and simmer until reduced to 2 cups, about 5 minutes. Transfer the sauce to a blender and puree until smooth. Add the sambal oelek and season with salt and pepper.

  3. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Rub the steaks with oil and season generously with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat, turning once, until the steaks are lightly charred and medium-rare, about 6 minutes total. Let the steaks rest for 5 minutes, then garnish with rosemary and serve with the barbecue sauce.

Suggested Pairing

Barons Black Wattle Original Ale, laced with native Australian wattle seeds, is rich, creamy and big enough for these substantial steaks. A bold Shiraz would also be delicious.

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