Rosemary-Crusted Porterhouse Steaks With Red Wine Sauce

"Porterhouse is my favorite cut of steak and this is a great way to make it. Adapted from "Weber's Charcoal Grilling" by Jamie Purviance."
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  • For the Steaks

  • 2 porterhouse steaks, 1 to 1 1/4 pounds each, about 1 1/4 inches thick, trimmed of excess fat
  • 1 12 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • For the Red Wine Sauce

  • 2 cups beef stock (I use homemade, unsalted)
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 12 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon thyme (or 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 14 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter, unsalted, cut into two equal pieces


  • Coat the steaks on both sides with the olive oil and season evenly with the rosemary, salt and pepper. Let sit at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes before grilling.
  • Prepare a charcoal fire covering one-half or two-thirds of the charcoal grate (a "two-zone" fire; if using a gas grill, turn flame to high heat).
  • Sear the steaks over the fire, with the lid closed as much as possible, for 6 minutes, turning once and swapping their places as needed for even cooking. Then move the steaks away from the fire ("indirect heat"; if using a gas grill, reduce the heat to medium) and cook until done to your taste, 4 to 6 minutes for medium rare. Remove the steaks from the grill and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Bring the sauce ingredients (except the butter) to a simmer and whisk in the butter until emulsified. Remove from heat.
  • Carve the steaks and serve warm with the red wine sauce.

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  1. We loved these steaks and the sauce! I ground the salt, pepper and rosemary together with mortar and pestle before rubbing on steaks. For the sauce I added 1 1/2 beef stock cubes and no liquid, makes the cooking time so much shorter. 15 minutes produced a nice thick sauce. Also added a bay leaf.
  2. I am a BIG fan of Weber recipes. I adapted this one by broiling it in my oven for 7 minutes on each side. The seasoning was only ok and the sauce was a waste of good wine! It was extremely thin- even after a TBSP of cornstarch. Seemed to only serve to wash off the meat seasoning as it just tasted like the wine- nothing added by other ingredients. If I tried it again, I would use 1c of beef stock.


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