Grilled Sirloin w/ Tomato, Herb and Pearl Barley Salad

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This dish is all about simplicity and good ingredients. Buy as much of it as you can from local producers at farmers markets, and with things like cheese, meat and olive oil, simply buy the best you can afford. You can find pearl barley at most good gourmet grocers and health food stores.

Ingredients : 2 sirloin steaks
10-15 assorted heirloom tomatoes (buy from local farmers markets if you can, they will taste far better)
1 bunch assorted herbs (go wild! basil, parsley, sage, thyme, dill, whatever you feel like!)
1 cup pearl barley
2 1/2 cups water
blue cheese
olive oil
salt
pepper

Method:
-In a pot, place the pearl barley, water and a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil and simmer for around 30 minutes. The water should be absorbed almost completely, barley should become soft but chewy.
-Meanwhile, slice the tomatoes into assorted shapes and sizes e.g., half the small ones, quarter the larger ones. Place in a bowl with a good glug of extra virgin olive oil , salt and pepper to taste.
– Bring another pan to a high heat and cook your steaks to your liking (see our post on how to cook the perfect steak)
– when the barley is soft, strain through a sieve and toss around half through the already prepared tomato salad.
– when your steak is done, on a plate, place the steak, with a chunk of blue cheese on top. arrange the tomato and barley salad around the meat. Done!

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BBQ SAUCE – The tips to getting it right

 

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We’re not about to give away all our secrets here to making our highly sought after BBQ sauces, but we DO want to help you make your own. There are 3 main elements to a BBQ sauce, the base, the sweeteners and the spices. I have listed some tricks of the trade below, in each category. Use them all, use a few, whatever you like, just find the balance you like and the flavour you love. You seriously can’t go wrong.

Bases:
Tomato Sauce (any standard supermarket brand)
home made tomato sauce (diced tomatoes, sugar, salt , water, and some time!)

Sweetners:
Brown sugar
Molasses / treacle
Soft drink (coke, Dr pepper etc)
honey
glucose syrup

Spices:
Smoked paprika
cayenne pepper
onion powder / diced onion
Garlic powder / diced garlic
liquid smoke / powdered smoke (available at most gourmet grocers)
cocoa powder
lemon / orange zest
apple
cherry
cinnamon
celery seed
cumin
rosemary
sage
white / black pepper
coffee (instant / grinds / espresso)
Apple Cider Vinegar
Sherry Vinegar

Have a play around with flavours and create something amazing that is your own! don’t forget, if you are using a lot of sugars (which i recommend) , be sure to bring the sauce to heat to help combine all the ingredients.

Brendan Langfield