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    Pitchfork Fondue (Steak Fry)

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    24 hrs 20 mins

    20 mins

    24 hrs

    Montana Heart Song's Note:

    This is a Western steak oil fry. Absolutely delicious. And yes, pitchforks are used, small ones and large ones. It was started on dude ranches and then oudoor parties. I have made the recipe for 6.

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    • 6 rib eye steaks (Note, You can use rib eye or sirloin but they are smaller in size and will cook faster) or 6 porterhouse steaks (Note, You can use rib eye or sirloin but they are smaller in size and will cook faster)
    • 1 cup lemon juice
    • 1 cup strong black coffee
    • 6 bay leaves
    • 2 tablespoons paprika
    • 3 tablespoons salt
    • 5 gallons vegetable oil


    1. 1
      Marinate the steaks in large ziplock bags, overnight if possible.
    2. 2
      Note: Unfortunately the ingredient reader on this program will not let me put rib steak, it insists on putting rib eye.
    3. 3
      Lay out the steaks on a tray.
    4. 4
      Throw away the marinade.
    5. 5
      Heat the oil in a tall stockpot over a propane burner. Does not take a long time.
    6. 6
      Pierce the steak at one end and loop the steak twice on the pitchfork. Push the steak back on the fork.
    7. 7
      Pierce and loop another one. Put 3 steaks on one fork.
    8. 8
      Carefully lower the steaks into the hot oil. Fry 8 to 10 minutes.
    9. 9
      Serve with baked beans and baked potatoes with butter and sour cream.
    10. 10
      Note: Keep that pot and burner as low to the ground as you can. DO NOT LET GO OF THAT PITCHFORK, IT MIGHT TIP OVER THE HOT GREASE.
    11. 11
      You can use the stock pot or dutch oven over hot coals also, but use a long fork instead of a pitchfork and cook 1 steak at a time.
    12. 12
      Note: You can use buffalo steak, any steak with a bone is very tender close to the bone. You may also use pork. Chicken or fish is very difficult to pierce and stay on a fork.
    13. 13
      Do not let children near the cooking!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 16, 2006


      We had this "giant sized fondue" out at our fire pit. Everyone was a bit hesitant at how the flavor would be, but they were pleasantly surprised. Didn't have a pitchfork, so we used hotdog forks. Great served with outback horseradish sauce!

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    Nutritional Facts for Pitchfork Fondue (Steak Fry)

    Serving Size: 1 (47067 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 17.4
    Calories from Fat 2
    Total Fat 0.3 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 3490.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 4.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.0 g
    Sugars 1.2 g
    Protein 0.5 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    rib eye steaks

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