Hold Your Own Steak Cook-off in Your Backyard
Steak Cook-offs are the hottest thing in the world of Food Sport- yes there is such as thing as food sport! These are steak cook-offs happening every weekend all across the US, Europe and Australia sanctioned by the Steak Cookoff Association. Guys and gals compete for purses ranging from $1000 to $10000 and big time bragging rights, and a coveted invite (by points) to the SCA World Championship held in Texas every October.
You can experience the fun and energy behind of a steak cook-off right in your own backyard.
It’s a great format for a dinner party too. All you need is 2-3 grills, ribeye steaks (ideally from same rib loin) and a handful of guests to help grill the steaks and enjoy sampling steaks from each grill. Its a steak dinner with lots of colored toothpicks! One color corresponds to each grill.
We recently held a steak off on the grilling deck We used 4 grills, 3 steaks per grill. We had 12 guests of which only one of us knew which steaks came from which grill.
Here’s the set up we used- 2 Pellet Grills & 2 Charcoal Grills:
- Weber Kettle Charcoal Grill
- Portable Kitchen (PK) Charcoal Grill
- RecTec Bullseye Pellet Grill
- Yoder YS 640 Pellet Grill
- All the grills were equipped with GrillGrates.
- All the grills used the same fuel, B&B briquettes and B&B pellets.
- All the steaks were seasoned the same way
We decided not to make this a personal competition- ie your steak, your way on your grill; but rather a grill on grill where the grill was the primary variable. Either way steak cook-offs are fun, fast and friendly, and a great way to entertain your friends and neighbors.
The winner from our cook-off? The YODER YS640 was the clear winner with the PK 2nd, Weber Kettle 3rd and the Rec Tec 4th.
Why do we think the Yoder was the clear winner? The open-fire option delivers a live fire cooking experience, more so than even charcoal. This results in a unique combination of hot & fast AND real wood smoke. Among our guests the decision that the Yoder steak was the winner was almost unanimous. Very impressive. It was a pretty close between race between 2nd, 3rd and 4th place so we’ll just have to do it again!
Friday Night is Steak Night- why not make it a friendly cook-off too?
GrillGrate. Eat Well.