Steak. Cheese. Who doesn't love both of these?
Introducing the Philly Chessesteak, Big Time BBQ style!
This recipe is one of the go to's at my house because its easy, quick, and affordable. The two sandwiches below cost about $2.50 each when you split the cost of the beef and the onion... The best part is from start to finish, this meal takes only about 15-20 minutes to prepare!
Before we get started, you can tell from the photo in the link that there are two common philly staples not included, the peppers and the Whiz... J is not a fan of Green Peppers (insert gasp here) and we had some really good looking Havarti in the fridge needing used. But to each their own! Whether it is Provolone, White Cheddar, Whiz or WHATEVER, you can make an awesome philly with this guide, so lets get started!
The key to cooking Philly's is a flat surface cooker. So your Blackstone, Presto Griddle, even a cast iron pan works well. We used Cast Iron on the side burner of our Weber Genesis grill outside.
Begin by melting some butter on your cooking surface over medium-high heat. No, I didnt say vegetable oil or canola oil, or Crisco I said BUTTER. It just tastes better. Be liberal with your pat size.
When your butter is melted, but not brown and bitter, add sliced onion. We used Vidalia onions because they were in season, but white or sweet onions are just fine.
Saute' your onions to your liking. This took us about 7 minutes until they were golden and delicious. When they get to JUST BEFORE that perfect doneness, remove them from the pan into a holding container of your choice, we will return to them shortly.
Time to prep for the beef, so you know what we need......
MORE BUTTER! Although not as much this time...
We've come to my favorite part of the process, preparing the beef. We used shaved beef that we picked up from the meat counter at our local grocery store. You can go to the meat counter or to your local butcher and find the same thing. If your store doesn't stock shaved beef, simply ask your butcher to shave a couple of pounds (or however much you like) of sirloin.
Once your butter is melted, but not brown and bitter, add your beef in handfuls. Add your favorite beef rub or seasoning. We used the Big Time Steak Rub which you can find here at the BBQ Shop. Allow to brown for 2 minutes or so before flipping and turning this awesome shaved beef.
Now is where we're going to bring these awesome Philly's together. Flip your beef and add a bit more of your favorite beef rub. Now its about soaking up flavors. Remember our sweet onions we cooked? Grab those babies and throw them back in the pan, mixing evenly.
Give this awesome combination another 1-2 minutes to cook out some of the beef fat. The next step is to add our cheese if its sliced or shredded. If you're using Whiz, heat that guy up in the microwave and we'll add him at the end.
Take however much cheese you like and lay it on the beef. Reduce the heat to low as to not overcook the steak. Allow the cheese to melt to your liking.
When your awesome concoction has reached melted perfection, shut down the heat and pull off the cooker. This is actually where the cast iron (or any pan) comes in handy for keeping the beef warm. Take a hogie bun and fill, plate and serve.
YOU, have just made yourself a BIG TIME Philly.