Once the steak is removed from the coals and allowed to rest, chef Tim Byres carves it into thin slices and tops it with dollops of butter seasoned with Gorgonzola, horseradish, lemon and white wine.

Once the steak is removed from the coals and allowed to rest, chef Tim Byres carves it into thin slices and tops it with dollops of butter seasoned with Gorgonzola, horseradish, lemon and white wine.

Nathan Hunsinger 
Chef Tim Byres prepares to cook an Eisenhower steak by stoking the coals he'll put the steak on at Smoke in Plano.

Chef Tim Byres prepares to cook an Eisenhower steak by stoking the coals he'll put the steak on at Smoke in Plano.

Nathan hunsinger

Matt and Ted Lee are chefs, brothers, and, more generally, guys who love to eat. I met them recently at Smoke, a newish restaurant in Plano where chef Tim Byres is turning out exciting dishes on his one-of-a-kind grill/rotisserie/smoker called a hearth.

The brothers were visiting D-FW to film their upcoming show Southern Uncovered with the Lee BrothersThey got a front-row seat at Byres' hearth and left amazed by the local chef's Eisenhower steaks: cuts of beef cooked directly in the coals of a fire.

The Lees had never cooked steak like that. 

"Why are we afraid of the charcoal?" Matt Lee told The Dallas Morning News. But he's right: Putting an expensive steak in the dredges of a fire seems scary.

From that day at Smoke, the Lees learned "courage in live fire," Ted Lee told me. And in fact: They shared the technique recently with The New York Times.

They called Byres "an evangelist for live-fire cooking."

Smoke (Plano)

"The producers were secretly hoping for an Icarus moment, some kind of spectacular calamity on the restaurant's 10-foot-long open fire pit, but the only pyrotechnics were in our brains; this simple act demolished everything we thought we knew about cooking proteins," the brothers wrote in the NY Times story.

Read the article here -- or better yet, try Byres' Eisenhower steaks for yourself. Chefs make them in Plano only, not at the West Dallas restaurant.

Read more about the Lee Brothers' trip to D-FW here. The show featuring Smoke and three other D-FW area restaurants airs July 12.

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