We are back at it again, and this time with a new skewer recipe. This Skewered Flap Steak with Habanero Pepper Sauce is inspired by the last time I visited Rodizio’s in Nashville. Sadly, the recent bomb on Christmas Day all but destroyed this amazing location. If you are willing, go support those affected by the bomb here: https://gofund.me/8c4e6d44. I know this restaurant inspired me, so help support them! May this recipe inspire you too.
Almost every year, my family goes to Rodizio’s downtown Nashville to celebrate my birthday. We indulge in lots of meat, chimichurri and sides for hours while we sit and laugh together. While it might seem funny for me to want grilled steak on my birthday since I cook it almost everyday, it is more about the atmosphere that this place creates. Plus, the skewered flap steak.
While visiting in November, my father and I could not get enough of their Skewered Flap Steak. It was one of the most delicious things I have had in a long time. Yes, the picanha, skewered pork and bacon wrapped chicken wings were delicious; but when I comboed the Skewered Flap Steak with the spicy Brazilian sauce, I was in heaven. Since that night, I have had it one my list to try and recreate this dish at home.
How I made my version of Skewered Flap Steak with Habanero Pepper Sauce
For my version, I had to baste my steak in butter and garlic. We first seasoned it with just coarse Sea Salt, then carefully skewered the flap steak onto a two-prong skewer. When skewering, make sure to “snake” it one by going up and down the meat so that the steak does not slide off while grilling.
Once onto the skewer, I cooked it over high heat fire (without flames) until the thickest part reached 120F internal. About halfway through, I basted the Skewered Flap Steak with butter and garlic to not only create a crust but also to add lots of additional flavor. Pull the steak off and rest for 7-8 minutes when done.
Sauce it up and let’s eat!
While the Skewered Flap Steak rested, I blended together the Habanero Pepper Sauce in a food processor. This is my own variation of the Brazilian hot sauce I had while at Rodizio’s, but with habanero peppers, peppercorns and agave nectar. Sliced into the steak with my new Derrick Giltner Knife, topped with the sauce and we are ready to eat!
This Skewered Flap Steak topped with Habanero Pepper Sauce is inspired by the last time I visited Rodizio's Grill in Nashville.
- 1 Whole Flap Steak
- 2 tbsp of Coarse Sea Salt
- ½ cup of Butter unsalted
- 8 Garlic Cloves minced
- 8 Garlic Cloves
- 2 tbsp of Parsley
- 1.5 tbsp of Diced Tomatoes
- 1.5 tbsp of White Vinegar
- 1 tbsp of Habanero Hot Sauce
- 1 tbsp of Agave Nectar
- 1.5 tsp of Peppercorns
- 1 tsp of Sea Salt
Preheat your grill for high heat direct cooking (around 400F). For skewers, try to keep it 4-6 inches away from the fire ideally cooking over hot coals instead of live fire.
Skewer your flap steak onto two single-prong skewers or one two-prong skewer. Make sure to “snake” it onto the skewer going up and down on the meat between the skewers in order to prevent it from sliding off. Once on securely, season thoroughly with sea salt.
Add the skewer on the grill and cook for about 15-18 minutes, flipping occasionally, until it reaches 120F at the center of the thickest part. When the steak is about halfway done cooking, add the basting skillet on with butter and garlic. Let it melt, then begin basting the outside of the flap steak and flipping in order to build flavor and a crust. When the steak is done cooking, pull it off and rest for 7-8 minutes.
While the steak rests, add all the ingredients for the Habanero Pepper Sauce to a food processor and blend till smooth.
Slice into your steak against the grain, top with the sauce and enjoy!
Derek is the driving force behind Over the Fire Cooking. He started cooking with live fire in 2016 and decided to start a social media page so his friends and family could follow the journey. Fast forward to today and Over the Fire Cooking has spread across multiple platforms with millions now following Derek’s fire cooking journey. He’s a southern fellow who enjoys everything from classic BBQ to Central and South American inspired dishes. Whatever he’s cooking up, it’s guaranteed to be so freakin’ delicious!