Barbarian Beef


If you've ever wanted to channel your inner barbarian and cook a large hunk of meat right on the coals, no grill, then this the recipe for you. The flavor of this beef lands somewhere between grilled and smoked, and I've got a great garlicky, acidic pepper sauce to go with it. Try this recipe with a more expensive cut of meat plus any sauce of choice, from chimichurri to barbeque. You can't go wrong!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
1 2 1/2-pound steak


  • 1 (2 1/2 pound) boneless top round steak, or to taste

  • salt to taste

  • 100% natural hardwood lump charcoal

For the Sauce:

  • 4 cloves garlic

  • 1 Fresno chile pepper

  • 2 teaspoons rosemary leaves

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Season both sides of beef generously with salt. Let sit at room temperature, flipping halfway through, for 30 minutes.

  2. Burn a bed of charcoal until coals are glowing red and ashy white on the surface, rearranging coals as needed.

  3. Place the beef right on top of the coals. Cook, flipping over halfway, about 4 minutes per side. Continue cooking until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 120 degrees F (49 degrees C) for medium-rare, 1 to 2 minutes more per side. Transfer beef to a plate. Let rest while making the sauce.

  4. Place garlic, chile pepper, rosemary, and kosher salt in a mortar. Crush into a paste using a pestle. Stir in vinegar and oil.

  5. Slice beef thinly and spoon the sauce on top.

Chef's Notes:

I used top round for this, and if you're just going to slice it thin, and make sandwiches it's fine, but now that I have a little experience, I'd like to try it with a more tender cut. No matter what you use, you'll want to take it off a few degrees under whatever your regular internal temp target is, since it definitely continues to cook after you take it off the coals.

Use any fresh hot pepper you like.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

243 Calories
13g Fat
1g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 243
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 76mg 25%
Sodium 298mg 13%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 8mg 1%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 280mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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