Welcome to another blog! Today I bring you something daring and delicious with a side of tangy juiciness, Pork Chop Tomahawks done Caveman Style paired up with a watermelon salad. Whenever I do anything Caveman style, I always get tons of questions: “how do I do it?” “Is it safe to eat?” “how can I prevent from burning my steak” - well today is the day I get to answer all of them.
Caveman style, is really just cooking your steaks directly on super hot coals. This goes back to the days where all you needed was just fire to cook all your ingredients, just like cavemen did. Nowadays, depending on where you go a steak cooked with this style can be known as “Dirty Steak” or “Eisenhower Steak” as President Eisenhower was known for enjoying and cooking his steaks in this cool and raw way.
There are some things that you have to take into consideration before doing anything Caveman Style:
- HOT HOT HOT: make sure your coals are hot enough, a bright red glow on the charcoal should be a good indication that it is hot enough.
- Choose your meat not too thin (might over cook) and not too thick (will stay raw in center while outside burns): for me the ideal size is mais 1 ½ “ to 2 “ of thickness.
- Use all natural charcoal (FOGO charcoal is a great choice!), since you are cooking directly on the charcoal you want to make sure no chemicals are put into your food.
- To avoid any ash sticking to the steak, make sure to move the charcoal slightly or fan it out before putting the meat on. If the charcoal sticks to it, just brush it off.
- Don’t wander off, the steaks will be done really quick so you have to keep an eye on them to avoid them from burning.
So now that you’re ready to take on the Caveman Style, let's have a taste:
Ingredients for Tomahawk Pork chops:
- FOGO Premium Charcoal, the first ingredient. Light with FOGO starters
- 2 Tomahawk Pork Chops
- Mix the equal ratio of Salt, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder and Pepper
Ingredients for Grilled Watermelon Salad
- 1 Small sliced watermelon
- Baby Arugula
- 2 Jalapeno Peppers
- Mint Leaves
- ½ cup of crumbled Goat cheese
- Balsamic Vinegar
- Prepare your pork chops by putting some that seasoning mix.
- Get your FOGO Charcoal nice and red hot, then move the charcoal slightly to make sure you don’t get any ashes on your pork chops.
- Gently place the pork chops on the charcoal, it should take around 2 minutes per side.
- Measure the internal temperature, in this case for medium rare it should be at around 130°F to 135°F.
- Once you have reached the desired temperature, remove the pork chops from the charcoal and let it rest for about 5 minutes.
Grilled Watermelon Salad
- Grill the watermelon on each side, enough to get the juices flowing and the grill marks marked.
- Cut the jalapenos lengthwise, and remove the seeds. Feel free to leave some seed if you like more heat. Add the jalapenos directly on the coal to cook them and add that nice smokey flavor.
- Once the watermelon is grilled, remove the rind and cut it in squared pieces.
- Combine the baby arugula, grilled watermelon and the goat cheese in a bowl.
- When the jalapenos are ready, slice them and add them to the salad.
- For a final touch, add balsamic vinegar and toss the salad to combine all the flavors.
Cook like a caveman, eat like a caveman…
The results of this Tomahawk Pork Chop were amazing, it is one of the best pieces of pork that you can get out there. It has an incredible marbling and overall a very tender finish, plus you get a bone to suck the flavor out of. Even though there is a popular belief that pork should be cooked well done, you can actually eat it medium rare and I totally recommend it - this will just give you the juiciest, most tender and enjoyable piece of pork ever. Cooking it caveman style also gave it a nice crust, giving it a great texture and flavor.
This pork goes really well with the salad, since it has like a sweet and tangy finish from the watermelon, and a spicy kick from the jalapeno. This is just a match made in heaven!
Tell me, have you ever tried doing Caveman Style Steaks? Did you like it? Leave in our comments section below!