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Smoked Elk Steaks with Caramelized Onions

Traeger Kitchen


Smoked Elk Steaks with Caramelized Onions

Prep Time

8

Hours

Cook Time

3

Hours

Serves

2 - 4

People

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What's this?

If you’ve followed the bugle of a bull and brought home an 8 point elk, it’s only natural to infuse it with primal, wood-fired smoke. These elk steaks taste more delicious than your favorite cut at the best steak house.

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup red wine

  • 3 Sprig fresh rosemary

  • 1/4 Cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 Cup onion, chopped

  • 3 Clove garlic, crushed

  • 1 Teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 Teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 Whole Elk Steak, per person

  • 5 Pound Sweet Onion

  • 6 Tablespoon butter, melted

  • 2 Teaspoon sugar

  • 1 As Needed salt and pepper

  • As Needed balsamic vinegar

  • 1 To Taste Traeger Prime Rib Rub

Steps

  • 1

    In a small bowl, combine the wine, rosemary, olive oil, onion, garlic, salt, and pepper.
  • 2

    Place the steaks and the marinade in a large resealable bag for several hours or overnight.
  • 3

    For the caramelized onions, slice the onions in half lengthwise through the stem. Lay each onion half flat on a cutting board and cut into 1/4” slices.
  • 4

    Transfer to a heat proof pot. Pour the butter over the onions and season with sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir well with a wooden spoon.
  • 5

    When ready to cook the onions, set the Traeger to 300℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.
  • 6

    Place the pot on the grill grate and cook the onions for 2 to 2-1/2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes, until they are very tender and golden brown. Flavor with a restrained pour of balsamic vinegar. Let cool and store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
  • 7

    Remove the steaks from marinade. Lightly season steaks with Prime Rib Rub.
  • 8

    When ready to cook, set grill temperature to 180℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.
  • 9

    Place steaks on grill and smoke for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • 10

    Remove steaks from grill and increase temperature to 375℉; allow 10 minutes for grill to come to temperature. Place steaks on grill and cook for 25 to 30 minutes for medium well. Top with warmed caramelized onions. Enjoy!