Restaurant Recipes

High Cotton Marinated Rib Eye

Four days of marinating makes for "divine" rib-eyes. It is said that good things come to those who wait. Mike Zajac, owner of High Cotton, provides a delicious recipe that proves this prophecy true.

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Yield: 10 servings

Usually offered as a special on Friday and Saturday nights, this dish features rib-eye steaks that have been marinated in a pineapple-soy mixture for four days. This extended soak allows the marinade to fully permeate the meat. The aroma and taste will show it is more than worth the wait. Zajac says not to be alarmed if the inside of the rib-eye has a "purplish" hue. He suggests serving the steaks with a shiraz, cabernet, red zinfandel or other hearty red wine. You can adjust the number of steaks for different serving sizes.


  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
  • 1 1/4 cups dark brown sugar
  • 1 (46 ounce) can pineapple juice (Dole preferred)
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium soy sauce
  • 4 (14- to 16-ounce) rib-eye steaks


  1. In a heavy saucepan, combine vinegar, ginger and garlic and heat until lightly simmering.
  2. Add brown sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, completely dissolving the sugar before adding more.
  3. Pour liquid into a large container. (It should be large enough to accommodate the steaks with space between each one.)
  4. Add the pineapple juice and soy sauce to the mixture. Whisk thoroughly until all ingredients are well-incorporated.
  5. Refrigerate until cold (it is important not to pour marinade over steaks while it is still warm).
  6. When marinade has chilled, add the rib-eye steaks to the container. Push the steaks down so they're covered with marinade. Cover the container airtight and place in refrigerator for 4 days, turning the rib-eyes each day.
  7. When steaks are ready, turn grill to high and allow to get very hot.
  8. Reduce heat to medium-high. If cooking over charcoal or wood, allow enough time for the coals or wood to get "white hot," then spread the coals/wood evenly throughout the grill.
  9. Drain steaks from marinade.
  10. Place rib-eyes on the grill and cook to desired temperature, 4 to 6 minutes per side for medium-rare.


Per serving: 652 calories (percent of calories from fat, 50), 31 grams protein, 50 grams carbohydrates, 1 gram fiber, 36 grams fat, 111 milligrams cholesterol, 1,544 milligrams sodium


Posted at Recipe Goldmine by GayleL 9:34:33am 3/30/03.

Source: - Mike Zajac, owner, High Cotton, Dunwoody, Georgia

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