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Spring Into Grill Season

Dust off that barbecue and get grilling -- spring is here!

On "The Early Show" Friday, "Big Lou" Elrose, executive pit master at New York City's Wildwood BBQ, shared his mouthwatering recipe for spice rubbed pork steaks with apple bourbon barbecue sauce and grilled green beans.

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Big Lou's Grilled Pork Strip Steak

Two 1/2 pound Pork Top Strip Steak (serves 4)

Big Lou's All Purpose Rub

2 cups dark brown sugar
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup Turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
1/2 cup paprika
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon white pepper
1 tablespoon granulated onion
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon Ancho chili power
1 teaspoon Cumin
1 teaspoon ground celery seed
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients for the all purpose rub. Set aside.

Light grill to med-med high. Rub pork steaks with the all purpose rub then grill to an internal temperature of 160°F, about 8-10min. Just before removing from grill, brush with the Bourbon Apple BBQ sauce (recipe below). Allow to rest a few minutes, then slice and serve. Serve with additional BBQ sauce on the side.

Bourbon Apple BBQ sauce

2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 cup course grated apple
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup bourbon
2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup DR. Pepper soda
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
6 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Melt butter and cook onions for 6-7 minutes over medium heat then add the grated apple, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and bourbon. In a separate pot heat the ketchup, apple cider vinegar, Dr. Pepper, brown sugar, syrup, molasses, Worcestershire sauce, and simmer for about 3-4 minutes. Combine with the apple bourbon mixture and enjoy!

Grilled Garlic Green Beans

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic; chopped
2 cups green beans; blanched
Salt & pepper to taste

Over a medium high grill or stove top, heat the oil and butter in a large sauté pan. Add the garlic and toast just until it begins to brown. Add the green beans and toss to goat with the butter and garlic. Cook until the beans have warmed through about 4-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

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