Recipe: Smoky skirt steak fajitas
Skirt steak cooks up very nicely in the barbecue pit for these tasty fajitas. Just be sure to sharpen your knife and slice the meat thinly and always against the grain. The fajita rub and the oak smoke flavour work well together on the meat, and cooking the vegetables in the smoker puts this one over the top. This is a great way to get started with your smoker and it’s a can’t-miss meal.
- 2 pounds USDA Choice skirt steak
- 2 limes
- Dr. BBQ’s Fired-Up Fajita Rub
- 1 large red onion, halved and sliced
- 1 green bell pepper, halved and sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, halved and sliced
- 1 yellow bell pepper, halved and sliced
- 1 jalapeno, finely chopped (remove the seeds if you don’t like a little heat)
- 1⁄4 cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 10 eight-inch flour tortillas
- Sour cream and salsa, as needed
1 Cut the steak into six pieces. With a heavy meat mallet, pound the steak well to tenderize it. Squeeze the juice of one lime over one side of the meat. Season with the fajita rub. (If you season it heavily, the meat will be very rich and spicy. If you like it a little milder, then season lightly.) Let rest for 5 minutes. Flip the steaks and squeeze the juice of the second lime over them. Season with the fajita rub. Place the steaks on a plate, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for up to 2 hours.
2 Prepare your cooker to cook indirectly at 235°F using medium oak wood for smoke flavour. In a medium aluminum foil pan, combine the onion, bell peppers, and jalapeno. Drizzle with the olive oil. Season with the salt and 1 tablespoon of the fajita rub. Toss to mix well. Put the pan in the cooker and cook for 1 hour.
3 Wrap the tortillas tightly in aluminum foil and set aside. After the onion-pepper mixture cooks for 1 hour, toss it well with tongs, and then add the steak to the cooker in a single layer. Cook for 30 minutes. Toss the onion-pepper mixture and flip the steaks. Put the tortilla package in the cooker. Cook for 30 minutes.
4 Remove the onion-pepper mixture, tortillas, and steaks from the cooker. Tent the steaks loosely with foil and let rest for 5 minutes. Slice the steaks thinly against the grain and add to the pan with the onion-pepper mixture. Toss well and serve with the warm tortillas, sour cream, and salsa.
Makes 10 Servings. Ingredients
- 1⁄4 cup kosher salt
- 1⁄4 cup chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground chipotle
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon lemon pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and mix well.
Note: The rub may be stored in an airtight container in a cool place for up to 6 months.
Makes about 1 cup.
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