Originally aired May 19, 2010
- 1 1/2 pound top round steak
- 4-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and finely chopped, divided
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped, divided
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed, divided
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon lemon pepper seasoning
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 8 dried figs, stemmed and finely chopped
- 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 cup water
Cut the steak into 2 pieces and pierce all over on both sides with a fork (press the fork all the way through). Put the meat into a shallow dish or bowl; add half the ginger, half the onion, 3 of the garlic cloves, 1/4 cup olive oil, lemon juice, and lemon pepper. Season the meat with salt and pepper and toss in the mixture to coat completely. Let stand up to 30 minutes at room temperature, or refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours, turning the meat occasionally to coat with the marinade.
Meanwhile, put the remaining ginger, onions, and garlic clove in a small saucepan along with the figs, pomegranate juice, ketchup, chicken stock, and water. Stir well, bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until figs break down and liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup, 12-15 minutes. Transfer the mixture to the jar of a blender and puree the mixture until very smooth, adding more water if necessary if the sauce is too thick. Pour the mixture back into the pan; taste and salt and pepper if needed. Keep warm until ready to serve.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Put 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large oven-proof non-stick skillet and heat until very hot over medium-high heat. Shake the steaks to remove excess marinade (brush off any pieces of ginger or onion or they will burn) and place them in the hot pan. Sear until deep golden brown, 3-4 minutes, then flip the steaks and sear on the stovetop for 2 minutes. Transfer the pan to the oven and cook to desired temperature, 5-10 minutes.
Transfer the steaks to a cutting board, tent with aluminum foil and let rest for 10 minutes. To serve, slice the steaks very thinly against the grain and drizzle the fig BBQ sauce over the top.