Delmonico steak

Delmonico steak: Coated with a spicy rub and mopped with a sauce, this version makes a great holiday indulgence. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune)

¼ teaspoon ground allspice

Mix all ingredients in a small saucepan. Simmer over low heat, about 10 minutes. Cool; store in a jar in the refrigerator up to a couple of weeks.

Nutrition information:
Per tablespoon: 26 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 6 g carbohydrates, 0 g protein, 169 mg sodium, 0 g fiber.

Simple steak rub
Look for sweet smoked paprika in the spice section or order it from

Mix 2 tablespoons chili powder, 1 tablespoon smoked sweet paprika, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper in a small bowl. Store in a jar up to a couple of weeks.

Smoky grilled Delmonico mopped steaks

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 11 minutes
Makes: 4 generous servings

Note: Other steak choices good here include top loin strip steak, T-bone and porterhouse. Top sirloin and flat-iron steaks also work; just be sure to cook them no more than medium-rare so they stay moist.


4 beef rib steaks on the bone, each about 1 inch thick and weighing about 14 ounces

1 recipe simple steak rub

½ cup smoky barbecue steak sauce

1. Place steaks on a platter. Sprinkle each with about 1 teaspoon of the steak rub. Flip the steaks and sprinkle the other side with the rub. Refrigerate uncovered while you prepare the grill (or better yet, for 3 to 4 hours).

2. Prepare a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill to medium high. Put the steaks directly over the heat source. Cover; cook, 6 minutes. Flip the steaks; baste with some of the sauce. Cover the grill; cook 3 minutes. Flip the steaks again; baste the other side with sauce. Grill, covered, until medium-rare, 1-2 minutes.

3. Transfer the steaks to a board; let rest a couple of minutes before serving.

Nutrition information:
Per serving: 783 calories, 43 g fat, 17 g saturated fat, 257 mg cholesterol, 15 g carbohydrates, 80 g protein, 1,019 mg sodium, 2 g fiber.

Grilled smashed sweet potatoes with smoky almonds

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Makes: 4 generous servings


4 medium-large sweet potatoes, about 3 1/2 pounds total