Steak barbecued on lava sears at 2,100 degrees

This gastronomic eruption has been described as tasting like "the best steak ever." (CNN)

(CNN) – Behold the first steak ever grilled on lava.

This gastronomic eruption has been described as tasting like “the best steak ever.”

“Most chefs could only dream of this heat,” said London food designer Sam Bompas.

They grilled a couple of rib eye steaks on a man-made stream of lava, an idea Bompas dreamed up.

“It cooked like greased lightning,” he said.

But where to get the lava? Only a Syracuse University professor has the proper furnace.

Sculpture professor Robert Wysocki has been heating basalt gravel to make  artificial lava for almost five years — doing art and geology experiments.

But never before had he cooked steak and corn on the cob, and this wasn’t the kind of cookout where just a regular old apron will do.

You need a protective leather jacket, visor and special oven mitts.

“Unlike normal barbecue, you’re not getting any smoke coming off that,” said Bompas.

The steaks were first seared at 2,100 degrees. Only after a couple of seconds of sizzle, they’re done.

They were taken off the grill and then returned for a couple of minutes once the lava had cooled.

Bompas called it the best steak he’d ever eaten.

“You get a really thick char on the outside, which — frankly — tastes delicious,” he said. “But when we cut into it, it was medium rare, juicy and unctuous.”

Unctuous: meaning rich and fabulously fatty.

However, unless you live near an erupting volcano, your only hope of enjoying a lava-cooked steak seems remote.

“What we’d like to do is offer a lava barbecue service,” said Bompas. “If you’re having an epic party, call us up and we’ll come down with our furnace and cook up the best steak of your life.”

There was one casualty: an ear of corn that became engulfed in lava.

But roasted marshmallows were on the menu for dessert.

Still, we prefer our volcanoes rare. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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