Grilling Steak – A scrumptious way to end the day
Is grilling steaks an involved task? Nah, not really. Just a few basic facts and some steak grilling tips to smooth the way and you’re good to go.
The temperature of the grill, what kind of steak and how thick, spices and marinades, and whether you want the steak rare, medium rare, or medium get’s you on the path of how to cook a steak. You pick up great grilling steak tips just by doing. So let’s get grilling.
A hot grill warms my heart. (I use a Weber two burner gas grill under $115 at Lowes) One side all the way high, and one side a bit cooler. The hot grill is to seal the steak to keep in those valuable juices. Just as you always use steak tongs instead of a fork to turn the meat, putting fork holes in the meat will let all those juices run out and the juices are the taste.
The type of steak you are grilling will determine your temperature and seasoning choices. Filet Mignon with so little fat, although tender there is very little flavor so you have to spice it up. Ribeye, porterhouse t-bones and sirloin steaks have great ribbons of fat throughout the meat so flavor is not an issue. Don’t forget some of the less expensive steaks such as flank steak, london broil, round steak, and even chuck steak. With the right care it could be a hit.
Where you get your steaks can make a difference. A butcher shop cuts to order off of fresh meat. Grocery stores have pre-frozen, prepackaged, thinner cut steaks.
A little preparation goes a long way to grill some great steaks. Make sure that the steaks you are about to grill are at room temperature. If you put cold or frozen meat on a grill it will burn the outside and leave the inside raw and icy. Get those steaks out of the freezer or refrigerator long before you cook them. Cut the surrounding fat of the steak every inch and a half. It will prevent the steak from curling because fat shrinks faster than the meat.
To season or not to season? – that is the question! Spices and seasonings are usually of the cook’s choice, since various combinations are possible; yet pepper is probably among the elements that cannot miss. Tenderizing steak marinade recipes and steak rubs enhance the flavor of many cuts of beef steak. For tougher cuts of meat, choose a tenderizing steak marinade recipe with ingredients like vinegar or citrus juice mixed with a little olive oil and seasonings and soak all day in the ‘fridge.
When grilling steak, most people keep turning the meat from one side to the other. Not good! That will destroy your steak. As an example, on a hot grill cook your steak 2 minutes then spin it 45 degrees and cook for another 2 minutes. Then turn it over, look at the (nice|unique|pretty] grill mark design you made, and do the same for the other side. I usually then move the steaks to a cooler portion of the grill to let it cook a little longer without charring.
Everybody seems to want their steak differently. You hear “just a little pink”, or “slicing into the steak. Push on the top of the steak with your thumb- if it is soft spongy you have a rare steak, if there is a little resistance it is medium rare, and if it feels firm there ain’t no pink. The amount of firmness is the trick.
If you have a sensitive thumb or are just smarter there are little digital steak thermometers that tell you by exact temperature whether your steak is the way you like it. Life just gets easier.
Enjoying friends and family while grilling some great steaks is a wonderful experience. Repeat weekly and report back on your success.