"perfect" grilled rib-eye steaks with bbq mushrooms

ever have a day, week or trip {or all 3} that was perfect? or at least you remember them to be absolutely perfect? we had a family vacation that was perfect.. the kids behaved and we had no kid meltdowns.. the weather was perfect.. the destination was perfect.. our room was perfect and the food was perfect!! {now whether or not the trip was that perfect i don't know but my parents and pete remember it pretty much the way i do so i am going to say it was pretty darn near perfect} it was about 13 years ago and we planned a trip to disneyland.. the happiest place on earth.. we went every year since jake was little and really no matter what always had a good time.. we went mid week and in october so the crowds were tolerable... during our trip we went to a restaurant by our hotel.. it was a steakhouse and for the life of me i can not remember the name.. stagecoach something or other?? if anyone remembers a steakhouse by the hilton in anaheim in the late 90's please tell me the name.. anyway i ordered a rib-eye and it was cooked to perfection and served over bbq'd mushrooms.. i had a baked potato and salad with it.. every bite was scrumptious and i talked about how amazing that meal was for a year.. ha.. i then attempted to recreate it and over the years have since made a few alterations but it still is one of my all time favorite dishes!!

it was a beautiful evening this Saturday so i decided to use my grill..{basically i grill about 3 times a week no matter what the weather is.. ha}

now i know some of are you thinking ohmyygg did she put bbq sauce on that rib-eye and ruin it..{because pete says it every time.. then he eats it and says ok it's good i like it..} but you must try it.. i promise it's wonderful..

while the steaks are grilling i sauté the mushrooms in bbq sauce and it's perfection.. *sigh* 

saturday i served it with perfectly baked potatoes and  grilled asparagus.. now that spring has sprung and asparagus is in abundance we will have it all the time.. i love it!!! plus i got some in my bountiful basket and had to grill it up!!  i will share with on thursday all my favorite asparagus recipes so check back!! but now lets get to that steak!!
grilled bbq rib-eye with spicy bbq'd mushrooms
prep time: 15 minutes
cooking time: 20 minutes
servings: 2
2 bone-in rib-eye
salt and pepper
olive oil
bbq sauce {i used sweet baby rays spicy}
sautéed mushrooms:
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1 tblsp. butter {or olive oil}
pinch of crushed red pepper
salt and pepper to taste
1 tblsp. bbq sauce {again i use sweet baby rays}
remove steaks from fridge and bring up to room temperature.. about 30 minutes.. drizzle a little olive oil on them and salt and pepper them generously.. heat your grill to high and clean and slightly oil your hot grates.. reduce heat to medium and add steaks to the grill.. cook for about 6 minutes then flip over.. add a little bbq sauce to the cooked side.. cook another 6 minutes and flip over and add bbq sauce to that side.. cook another 2 minutes.. then flip over and cook another 2 minutes.. your basically cooking it for 8 total minutes per side.. but your only cooking it 2 minutes per side with the bbq sauce on it... the bbq sauce will get caramelized and slightly charred yet your rib-eye should be a perfect medium-rare.. you want the internal temperature for medium-rare to be 125 degrees {f}.. remove from grill and allow to rest for 10 minutes.. while it's resting cook your mushrooms.. in a large skillet heat your olive oil or butter over medium high heat.. when the butter has melted or the oil is shimmering add your sliced mushrooms.. you should hear it sizzle.. {you want to make sure your pan and either butter or oil is hot enough or the water in the mushrooms will start to seep and it will basically steam them instead of sauté, which is why we don't add salt until the end because salt draws out the water} cook the mushroom over medium high for about 5 minutes until tender and slightly browned.. now add your salt, pepper, crushed red pepper and bbq sauce and cook another 2-3 minutes.. use a spatula to move them around so they don't stick.. {don't over crowd your mushrooms in your pan or they will again steam and not sauté, you want a single layer of them in your pan}  once mushrooms are done remove from stove and divide between 2 plates.. add a layer of mushrooms on the bottom of the plate and place a perfectly grilled rib-eye over the mushrooms.. serve with baked potatoes and grilled asparagus and you too can have the "perfect" meal!!!
enjoy and get cook'n!!


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