CHIPOTLE BOURBON-MARINATED BEEF AND PINEAPPLE SKEWERS
IngredientsServes 4 to 5 (makes 8 skewers)
¼ cup (60 ml) vegetable oil, divided
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 cup (250 ml) ketchup
½ cup (125 ml) bourbon, divided
3 tbsp (45 ml) apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp (45 ml) molasses
1 tbsp (15 ml) honey or agave syrup
1 chipotle chili, chopped, along with some adobo sauce, to taste
½ tsp (2 ml) dried thyme
½ tsp (2 ml) cayenne
kosher salt and pepper, to taste
2 lbs (1 kg) thick-cut sirloin steak, about 1½-in (3.75 cm) thick, cut into 1½-in (3.75 cm) cubes
1 medium red pepper, cored and cut into 2-in (5 cm) chunks
½ pineapple, cored and cut into 2-in (5 cm) chunks
8 to 16 heirloom cherry tomatoes
8 x 8-in (20 cm) skewers, if using wooden, soak overnight in water
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, heat half the vegetable oil, add onion and garlic, sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in ketchup, half the bourbon, vinegar, molasses, honey or agave syrup, chipotle, thyme and cayenne. For more heat and smoky flavour, add adobo sauce. Remove ¼ cup (60 ml) of the mixture and place into mixing bowl. Set aside.
- Simmer remaining mixture over low heat, until thickened, about 40 minutes. Transfer to a blender and carefully process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
- Whisk reserved sauce with remaining vegetable oil and bourbon until blended. Add cubed beef and mix well. Transfer the whole mixture to a resealable plastic bag, seal and place into a shallow baking dish. Marinate at room temperature for at least 1 hour, turning bag occasionally, or refrigerate up to 1 day. This marinade can also be used for chicken or pork.
- Remove beef pieces, discard excess marinade. On the skewers, alternately thread beef with pineapple and cherry tomatoes. Place on a preheated charcoal or gas grill over medium-high heat. Grill for 8 to 10 minutes or until cooked to desired doneness, turning once.