The Holy Meal

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Published on The Doomstead Diner April 6, 2019

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The weather finally broke here on the Last Great Frontier of Alaska, and Spring finally forced Winter to release his Icy Grip on our beautiful and sparsely populated state.  Most of the snow and ice has melted off now (at last!), and this week we had our first day where it was truly comfortable for me to go outside, a balmy 39F, as well as reasonably safe with no ice on my Cripple Ramp out onto the back porch to slip on, fall, and then lie freezing to death as a helpless cripple.  For me, this meant only one thing, it was time for the 1st BBQ of the season!  After a full winter of all indoor cooking, especially with the new culinary adventure of the Cooking Zone, I was MORE than ready for a nice JUICY ribeye done on the grill in the Great Outdoors.  Of course, my back porch is not exactly the Bush of Alaska, but for the 1st BBQ of the season, it's perfectly serviceable.

Image result for 154-04 beech ave flushing 11355 I resolved also to do this BBQ in the TRADITIONAL fashion (traditional for me).  That meant doing the BBQ the same way I did them when I moved back to the FSoA at the age of 10 after living in Brazil, and did my first BBQ in back of MY HOUSE, the house I lived in with my mom and my sister until I went off to College at Columbia.  It didn't have much of a backyard, in fact not much bigger than the one I have now behind my humble digs here in Palmer, Alaska.

Traditional meant the meal would consist of the STEAK with SAUTEED MUSHROOMS IN GARLIC and a BAKED POTATO loaded with BUTTER & SOUR CREAM.  I stuck to this menu religiously, no variation there.  Also no variation in the Cooking Method, none of the fancy newfangled methods I have been experimenting with lately for the Cooking Zone show like Sous Vide or Instapot Pressure Cooking.  The Instapot was GREAT with the Corned Beef & Cabbage I made for St. Paddy's Day this year, but for a Ribeye Steak it just wouldn't do.  Ribeye is a very tender cut of meat best served (IMHO) RARE, while Brisket used for Corned Beef is quite tough unless you cook it a long time or under pressure, and is Well Done at the finish.  For those of you who missed it, here is the Cook on the Great St. Paddy's Day 2019 Corned Beef & Cabbage:

This Corned Beef turned out so good I ate all 2.5 lbs of the Brisket in 3 days, for nearly a pound of BEEF every day.  For a person with a normal appetite that is a LOT, for me with my depressed appetite since the accident it is unheard of.  I wasso enthused about it I bought 3 MOAR Briskets which I dropped in the Freezer to eat on some other occasions BESIDES just once a year on St. Paddy's Day.

For the Ribeye though, I stuck mostly to the Traditional method, with a couple of slight variations.

The first was that this was not a brand spanking new Ribeye straight from the Chicago Feed Lots, It was a Ribeye from my Preps, vacuum sealed and in the Freezer for at least the last 5 years, since I haven't done any new Vacuum Sealing of meat since I moved into the new digs around 4 years ago, and this predates that move by at least a year although I neglected to date my prep food packages at that time.  So this meal also became a test of just how long a frozen & vaccum sealed piece of meat would last for after SHTF Day arrives, assuming of course you have enough JUICE to keep your freezer running.  A medium size Solar Array off grid will be enough for this task though.

The 2nd variation from tradition I will leave a Mystery, you will need to watch the video to find out what that one is.  If you have been following the Cooking Zone and the SNAP Card Gourmet though, you probably won't be too surprised to find out what it is.

Finally,why do I call this "The Holy Meal"?  Well, that's because if I do get sufficient warning of my final meeting with the Grim Reaper bearing my First Class Ticket to the Great Beyond, this is the meal I will have for my LAST SUPPER.  It holds so much meaning for me, my history with cooking food and all the places I made this meal stick in my mind, from backyards in the many places I lived, to Truckstop parking lots where I pulled my Hibachi out of my Freightliner to make a BBQ, out to the Bush of Alaska before I was transformed into a Cripple.  Besides, it tastes GREAT!

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