This beauty was leftover from a barbecue... during which I did not cook :) I read many different theories on how to make perfect steak indoors. I chose to use the Alton Brown method. The result was fairly tasty but not worth the complications. I followed the instructions Brown gives here:
First for the steak itself:
It looked terrible.
Now for the experience (and why I won’t cook whole steak in my apartment again):
I read in many of the reviews about problems with smokiness when cooking the steak. I picked up an oil with a relatively high smoke point that was suggested in reviews in attempt to circumvent this problem. Unfortunately that strategy did not work.
Lesson learned # 1 : Cooking whole steaks indoors is only advisable when your kitchen has a window. The other downside to this was that every smoke alarm in my apartment was constantly going off for almost an hour. The only solution to this annoyance I found was to take down the smoke alarms and wrap them in towels.
Lesson learned # 2 : Taking down smoke alarms before cooking is sometimes okay
Lesson learned # 3 : Alton Brown’s recipe might work for a leaner steak, but does not work well for cuts with lots of fat.