Blueberries, loaded with antioxidants, have a balance of sweet and sour, which makes them an excellent base for a rich, tangy barbecue sauce. Fresh thyme rubbed on the steak dovetails wonderfully with the blueberries. Serve with fresh tomato wedges.
- 1 1/2 teaspoons canola oil
- 1/2 small red onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
- 1/4 cup bourbon
- 1 cup fresh or frozen (not thawed) blueberries
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons molasses
- Pinch of, ground allspice
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
- 1 pound filet mignon, 1 1/2 to 2 inches thick, trimmed and cut into 4 portions
- Step 1
- To prepare sauce: Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender and just starting to brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and jalapeño and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add bourbon, increase heat to high and bring to a boil; cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, 2 to 5 minutes. Stir in blueberries, ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, molasses and allspice; return to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 15 to 20 minutes.
- Step 2
- Preheat grill to high.
- Step 3
- Combine thyme, oil, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the mixture on all sides of steaks. Grill the steaks 3 to 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Let the steaks rest for 5 minutes before serving with the sauce.
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