May 24, 2013

Grills and Girls {Southwest Rubbed Steaks w/ Chipotle Butter}

Grilling is usually a guy thing.  Who's doing the grilling in ads for sausages and BBQ sauce?  Guys.  Who's drooling over new grills in commercials for home improvement stores?  Guys.

Let's just say that grilling paraphernalia is not heavily pushed on Mother's Day.
Southwest Rubbed Steaks w/ Chipotle Butter

Growing up, my family didn't fit this norm.  Mom did the grilling.  Aside from the time she caught a low hanging branch of the peach tree on fire, she did a good job manning the grill.  It's a mystery why I've long been intimidated by grilling.

A fear of big hunks 'o meat?  No.
A fear of open flame?  Not one bit.
A fear of cooking outdoors?  One word: S'Mores.  (To answer the question, nope.)

It's only been about a year (give or take) that I've been a girl at the grill.  I'm still learning.  The other day I burned the crap out of my arm grilling burgers.  I also burned the crap out of the same arm in the kitchen too.  On the same day.  The Boy says the burns make me look tough.

Tough enough to grill like a guy?

I'm not professing mad grillin' skillz.  But I do a pretty good job.
Two secrets.
1. Walking away from the grill and letting things be (AKA doing nothing)
2.  Hiding any mistakes with dynamite toppings...

Southwest Rubbed Steak w/ Chipotle Butter
Southwest Rubbed Steaks w/ Chipotle Butter

More for your grilling menu:
Grilled Vegetable Sandwich w/ Herbed Mayo
Charcoal-Grilled Corn w/ Cream, Cheese, and Chile Thyme Griddled
Double Chocolate Granita Blueberry Cheesecake Bars
Watermelon Lemonade

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Southwest Rub 
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
2 tsp brown sugar

Add all ingredients to a small bowl.  Mix well with a fork.  Makes plenty enough for 4 steaks.

Chipotle Butter
1/2 stick softened butter
1 Tbsp finely chopped chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
1/2 tsp adobo sauce from the chipotles

Mash the chipotle pepper and adobo sauce into the softened butter with a fork.  Scoop out onto a square of waxed paper.  Using the wax paper, form the butter into a log.  Roll the butter up in the waxed paper and place in the refrigerator to firm up until ready to use.  Can also be wrapped well and frozen.

For steaks:
Sprinkle rub over both sides of the steaks.  Using your hands rub the seasonings into the meat.  Let stand for 20-30 minutes.  Meanwhile, start your grill.  Grill the steaks to your liking.  Serve with a generous blob of chipotle butter over the top.

Linking with:
Jam Hands  Hearth and Soul blog hop at Premeditated Leftovers Feeding Big
Love Bakes Good Cakes
nap-time creations
White Lights on Wednesdays
Miz Helen’s Country Cottage Photobucket
BWS tips button Freedom Fridays
Memories by the Mile
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  1. I have one word for this recipe - Yummmmmmmm I would love to see this on my grill this weekend!

    Cynthia at

  2. I have to admit, in my family, I am the Grill Master:) My hubby has a tendency to put something on the grill and mow the lawn or worse yet....once he even went to the store!! Give me a Grilled Steak swimming in melted butter any day!! Lynn~ What time do we eat:)

  3. Nice confession, Michelle. I used to grill all the time, hubby used to burn everything. Somehow he learned throughout the years and now aces the Grill to perfection, so I am happy to let him do it.

    I am drooling looking at that hunk of meat !

  4. I'm the griller at my house. Invest in a nice set of long oven gloves. It's the only thing that's saved me.

  5. Michelle, looking good - I'm doing BBQ in a couple of weeks time - which I think will be a good one. Cheers

  6. Ooooh - I hope your arm is ok, Michelle :/ I'm the grill master in our family .... and my husband isn't even ashamed of it lol. Your rub and butter sound like they would be fantastic on a steak ... or maybe even chicken?! Pinning to try :)

  7. Chipotle butter?!? YES.

  8. You can't go wrong with beef and chipotle. :)

  9. I imagine the grill burn might be worse than an oven burn. Hopefully it wasn't too bad. I like Pam's comment about getting a long set of oven gloves (seems like a good idea).

    I think you might be a grilling pro because those are some good looking steaks! I especially like the chipotle butter. I bet it would be good on corn and potatoes, too.

  10. Mmm, this sounds really good Michelle. We have steaks in the freezer, just waiting for me to try your rub and butter! Thanks for linking to Simple Supper Tuesday.

  11. It looks delicious! I love the butter!

  12. Michelle,
    This looks delicious as do ALL your recipes. My husband will love it too! We love chipotle anything. Thank you for sharing at Tuesday Trivia. Pinning!
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  13. I love chipotle! Will put this in my back pocket next time we have steak!


  14. I just love your Rub and the butter looks like just the finishing touch. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a fabulous weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  15. Mmmm that steak! That butter sounds delicious; I've got to try it! I followed you here from the link party at Nap-Time Creations. :) Also, I’d like to invite you to come link up with me at my link party! I’d love it if you could stop by & link up some of your recipes! Here's the link:

  16. Every person has to know how to grill {braai} in South-Africa - it's our main thing to do every weekend {and some weekdays!}I would not trust my daughter again though - she once set her friend on fire... wasn't that serious and fortunately the pool was next to her so she just jumped in ! Thanks for linking at our ALL MY BLGGY FRIENDS party, Michelle :-) I love reading your posts as much as I do your recipes! {hope the arm is okay?}

  17. I too 'man' the grill at our house and I'm just fine with that. I have several friends afraid to learn to grill since they enjoy their husband's doing it. Your steak looks delish! Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

  18. Your mom is my kinda of griller... I tend to light quite a few things on fire besides the grill. I let my boy scouts take care of the open fire. Love the recipe. thanks for sharing it with us on foodie friday.


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