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Combat Steaks Recipe

Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
30 min
Serves 4
In this Recipe

In 2006, Weber (the grill people) made a cookbook featuring steak recipes that helped raise funds for US Marines who were wounded or killed in action. The recipes were tested against each other, and this recipe, originally made by Colonel Stewart Navarre, was declared the winner. The recipe now also appears in Weber’s Greatest Hits cookbook by Jamie Purviance, which is where we acquired the recipe. This recipe is a favorite of Weber Master Griller Kelsey Heidkamp who shared it with us on our podcast, Reduce by Half. Here’s the recipe for your enjoyment!


  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 4 Steak (the recipe calls for Bone-In Ribeye Steaks)
  • 3 Mushrooms (you can use any good grilling steak. We used Strips for the pictures.)
  • 1/2 cup Butter (Portabello work best)
  • 2 tsp Garlic
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher Salt (minced)
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Red Wine
  • 1/2 cup Bleu Cheese


  1. In a small bowl combine all the rub ingredients and mix well. Season the steaks on both sides with the rub. Let the steaks stand at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes before grilling.

  2. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over high heat (450° to 500°F).

  3. Remove the stems from the mushrooms and discard. Wipe the mushroom caps with a damp paper towel. With a teaspoon, scrape out the dark gills and discard. Cut each mushroom cap in half and then cut each half crosswise into ½-inch-thick slices.

  4. In a large skillet over medium-high heat on the stove, melt half of the butter. Add the mushrooms and garlic, spreading the mushrooms in a single layer, and season with the salt and pepper. Cook until the mushrooms are barely tender, 4 to 5 minutes, stirring two or three times. Add the wine and cook until it nearly evaporates, about 3 minutes, stirring once. Set aside.

  5. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the steaks over direct high heat, with the lid closed, until cooked to your desired doneness, 6 to 8 minutes for medium rare, turning once. Remove the steaks from the grill and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes. Meanwhile, reheat the mushrooms over medium heat on the stove, adding the remaining butter and heating until the butter is melted.

  6. Serve the steaks warm with the mushrooms spooned on top. Finish with the cheese, if desired. Click here to listen to our podcast episode featuring this recipe!

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