Cowboy Steak with Homemade Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

The cowboy steak is also known as a bone-in ribeye steak (a more common version of this steak without the bone is also known as prime rib). Many chefs prefer cooking the steak with the bone, as they believe this makes the cut of meat more juicy and not dried out. Not for you non-meat-eaters! This steak was part of a menu that I had to execute while in culinary school. What I loved most about this dish was the chipotle barbecue sauce I had made. It was amazing! I love making all of my sauces myself and this one was perfect for this steak. You can prepare this steak to definitely feed at least 2 people, unless your husband or boyfriend is like a lot of men I know and could put a steak like this away with no problem! Ha! Since I don't usually go by a recipe when cooking some things or making sauces (I just go by taste), I will explain how to cook a steak like this and prepared a recipe for the sauce. Keep in mind that it may not be exact measurements, or the taste might not suit you. So as long as you keep in mind that the chipotle paste is very strong, you can always play around with the ingredients until it tastes just the way you like. It's kind of hard to mess up a barbecue sauce. Some people prefer their barbecue sauce more tangy (you can add more Worcestershire sauce or mustard or lemon juice), some prefer it more spicy (you can add some hot sauce or a little more chipotle paste), and some prefer it more sweet (you can add more brown sugar). It's all up to you and what kind of taste you are going for.

Cooking a bone-in ribeye steak

Rib eye steaks are one of the most popular because they are very flavorful. They have lots of marbling, so when you cook it, all of that marbling melts into the steak, making it very tender and juicy. So because they are tender cuts of steak, the best way to cook these would probably be on the grill. Brush both sides with a little olive oil and lightly season with salt and pepper, throw them on the grill and you're done! I just love how a good steak cooks so easily tastes when cooked on the grill!

Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
Makes ~ About 1 quart

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups finely chopped yellow onion
6 cloves of garlic, minced
1 1/2 cups ketchup
2 tablespoons chipotle chili paste (this is an estimate...you may need to add a little more if it needs more spice)
3/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cider vinegar
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons salt
*optional: you can also add 1/2 cup strong coffee or molasses

In a large, heavy saucepan heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Saute until they begin to brown and wilt. Add chili paste and ketchup and saute for another 5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and let simmer for 35 minutes. For the last 15 minutes, stir often so sauce does not scorch. Remove from heat and let cool. Puree and strain and store in the refrigerator.

Again, you might need to alter the ingredients a little bit. Taste as you go to make the ultimate masterpiece that fits your taste. This sauce is great for everything from steaks to pulled pork. If you make this sauce, be sure to let me know how it came out and what you did different. I always love seeing different variations!

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