If your grill is too hot and your steak too fatty you will char that steak into oblivion.
If your grill is too cool then your steak will turn into a pale gray piece of flavorless meat.
The perfect steak has a flavorful crust on the outside, is cooked to just above rare on the inside and has a nicely browned, crispy seam of fat on one edge.
Read on for the ultimate guide on how to grill steak.
Types of Steaks to Grill:
When it comes to grilling steaks, there are a few common varieties that all grill experts should know how to cook. Here’s the lowdown on some of the most popular cuts of steak for grilling:
– Ribeye Steak: Often referred to as a Delmonico or Spencer steak, ribeye is one of the most flavorful cuts. It has a lot of marbling and fat that melts when cooked, leaving juicy flavor in every bite.
– New York Strip Steak: Also known as Kansas City strip steak or shell steak, this cut comes from the short loin section near the ribs. It’s leaner than ribeye with less fat but still packs plenty of beefy flavor.
– Tenderloin Steak: This is the tenderest cut of steak available, thanks to its low fat content and lack of connective tissue. It’s perfect for quick grilling over high heat, since it cooks quickly and evenly.
– Sirloin Steak: Cut from the sirloin section near the hip, this leaner cut has a bold flavor that stands up well to strong marinades and smoky grill flavors.
Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced griller, these four cuts are great options when you fire up the barbeque! With these choices, you’ll be sure to make some delicious steaks everyone will enjoy.
7 Steps Guide on How to Grill Steak?
1). Thickness. Thicker is better. The optimum steak thickness is at least 1 1/4 inches.)
2). Prep. You don’t need to bring the steak to room temperature prior to cooking, unless you want your steaks to cook faster. You don’t need to oil the steaks before cooking or butter them midway through (Unless it’s a fillet, in which case a light coating of olive oil will keep it from drying out.)
You do need to season the steaks before cooking. Use liberal amounts of salt and pepper. The seasoning will penetrate the steak during cooking and add to the flavor. Use coarse salt and pepper – the larger crystals are more easily absorbed by the meat.
3). Heat. A two-level fire. The trick is to sear in the juices with a hot flame. But if you leave the steak on the hot fire, you will overcook it. A two-level fire solves this problem.
For charcoal: Bank one side of the grill high with coals and put fewer coals on the other side.
For gas: Turn one burner on high and the other on medium. Sear the steak over the hot section of the grill, then move it to the cooler section for cooking. You’ll be amazed at the difference this makes. This also helps when cooking thinner cuts of meat and reduces flare-ups.
Last but not least this helps when cooking T-bones because you can keep the tenderloin (the smaller part of the steak) towards the cool side of the grill and it will reach the proper temperate the same time as the strip.
4). Browning. Grill the steaks uncovered over the hotter part of the fire until well browned on one side. This should take 2-3 minutes. Flip the steaks, grill until the other side is browned. If you get a flare up, pull the steaks to the cool part of the grill and douse the flames with the water bottle handily located in your Pit Boss Belt.
You do have a water bottle, don’t you? You may also incorporate our guide on how to sear in perfect grill marks.
5). Cooking. Once both sides are well browned move the steaks to the cooler part of the grill. Grill them uncovered until they are done to your liking. Use an instant read thermometer to get the final temperature.
6). Temperatures. Rare – 120 degrees. Medium Rare – 130 degrees. Medium – 135 to 140 degrees. You may also use the finger-test if your instant read thermometer is on the blink.
7). Resting. Remove the steaks from the girl and let them rest for 5 minutes. Resting the steak gives a more even color inside the steak and helps the meat retain juices when you cut it.
That’s all you need to know about how to grill steak. Time to get out there and Man Your Grill.
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Ultimately, grilling the perfect steak is a combination of art and science. It takes practice to get it just right, but with these tips you can be sure that your next grilled steak will live up to its potential. Keep an eye on temperature, use salt generously, pay attention to timing and doneness tests, avoid flipping too often, let it rest after cooking.
All of this together creates the ideal environment for juicy tender steaks every time! So fire up those coals or gas grillers and enjoy a delicious meal made with love by you!
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