Caveman T-Bones with Hellfire Hot Sauce

  • Yield 4 servings
  • Prep 5 mins
  • Cook 10 mins

A treat that dates back to paleolithic times -- steak cooked over an open fire.


6 (10 to 12 ounce) T-bone steaks, cut about 1 inch thick40
1/8 teaspoon Coarse salt (kosher or sea)
1/8 teaspoon Cracked black pepper
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
6 jalapeño peppers, thinly sliced crosswise
6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped


  1. To grill steaks, build a charcoal fire and rake coals into an even layer. When coals glow orange, fan with a newspaper to blow off any loose ash.
  2. Generously season steaks on both sides with salt and pepper. Place steaks directly on embers about 2 inches apart. Grill until cooked to taste, 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium-rare, turning with tongs.
  3. Using tongs, lift steaks out of fire, shaking to dislodge any embers. Using a basting brush, brush off any loose ash and arrange steaks on a platter. Let steaks rest loosely tented with aluminum foil.
  4. To make sauce, heat olive oil in a cast-iron skillet directly on embers, on side burner of a gas grill or on stove. When oil is very hot, add jalapeños, garlic and cilantro. Cook over high heat until sauce is aromatic and garlic is lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Immediately pour sauce over steaks and serve at once.

Recipe by Steven Raichlen.



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