Finally, the warmer weather has arrived in Southern Ontario although we are still experiencing some chilly days and nights. But, the warmer days motivate us to get out of the kitchen and turn on the barbecue. What goes better than amazing top sirloin steak, especially when it’s 50% off at the local supermarket?
Of course, there’s lots of food that tastes great cooked outside over an open flame – but for me, a good steak really “takes the cake.” And with the size of the steaks we purchased on sale, there was no room in our tummies afterward, for any cake!
I like to prepare my raw steaks with an oregano based rub that includes some ground black pepper, thyme, and a sprinkle of salt. Greek oregano is the base for the rub and makes up the largest amount of the rub. We love the flavours that a high-quality pure Greek oregano adds – and now we also know there are some interesting “safety” reasons for rubbing in copious amounts of Greek oregano to your meats before cooking them.
More on that shortly, but first, the proportions I use generally speaking is approximate 1/3 thyme and 1/3 ground pepper to the full amount of Greek oregano, with the addition of a sprinkle of salt. In other words, if there are three teaspoons of Greek oregano, I’ll add 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper along with 1 teaspoon of dried thyme leaves. Then, a few pinches of salt. Mix it all together, and rub the resulting mixture into the surfaces of the raw meat.
Sometimes, I’ll add a clove of minced garlic or two and make a paste of these ingredients with olive oil, and brush it on the surface of the meat. When barbecuing, I tend to stay away from the olive oil near the end of the cooking process as the extra oil can cause too much flame. But whatever method, I’ve always appreciated the great flavour that Greek oregano adds to the cooked meat.
Did you know that science has discovered that it’s not just flavour that Greek oregano imparts? There are actually health and safety reasons for making a Greek oregano based rub and coating the surfaces of your meat before cooking! Greek oregano truly is a special herb, and you can find out more about WHY you should always consider adding this herb to your meats before cooking, here.
While you’re learning about this, you might be interested to know that KirIan is offering a free coupon for the celebration of one of the founder’s birthday! It expires soon, but more here.
Go ahead and try pure Greek oregano on your meats before cooking! Be sure it’s pure and real Greek oregano; not the low-quality oregano you purchase at the grocery store, most of which is not a high-quality oregano at all but is common marjoram. Your nose and taste buds will be able to discern the difference.