Outdoor grilling season is upon us once again. There is nothing tastier than a nice, juicy steak fresh off the grill. Follow my tips to ensure that your steaks are grilled to perfection.
Choose the Right Cut of Meat
The perfect steak starts with the perfect cut of meat. In terms of grilling, not all steaks are created equally. According to Dena P of Steak Enthusiast, strip steaks are the way to go because of their optimal balance between fat and meat.
Regardless of which cut of steak you choose, be sure to buy the highest quality. It is best to purchase your steak from a local butcher so that you are getting the freshest meat possible.
Choose Your Marinade
The best steaks are always marinated in something delicious for extra flavor. Use Bobby Flay’s super simple olive oil, salt, and pepper marinade for a classic taste.
If your palate prefers something more lively, feel free to get creative with your marinade. I love the way a generous coating of Worcestershire sauce makes a steak taste. Perhaps you like things a little more on the spicy side. Add a few dashes of your favorite brand of hot sauce for an added kick.
Achieve the Right Level of “Doneness”
People are very particular about how they like their steaks cooked. I’m a medium-rare kind of girl, but a lot of folks want a lot less red in their meat. Fortunately, Omaha Steaks has a very handy chart to guide you on how long you should grill your (fully thawed) cuts of meat. Print the chart out and keep it on hand while grilling so that everyone gets their steak just how they like it.
For those who prefer a more high-tech approach, Wayfair.com sells steak thermometers. These steak thermometers are an affordable and foolproof way to cook steaks correctly.
Gas or Charcoal?
Ultimately, the gas versus charcoal grill decision is up to you. However, I will say that I prefer a gas grill. Gas is infinitely more convenient, and you can grill for hours without having to change coals. It is also easier to control cooking temperature on a gas grill.
Many people prefer the smoky taste that charcoal lends to meat. If you’re strapped for time though or are going to be doing a lot of grilling, gas is the way to go.
Rest Your Meat
I know you want to dig right into that steak as soon as you pull it off the grill. Resist the urge! After removing your meat from the grill, let the steaks cool off a bit before serving them.
Seriouseats.com says that resting the meat will allow the juices within to redistribute throughout the steak. Wait before you eat for a deliciously juicy steak dinner.