If you’re anything like us, we love a good steak. Whether it’s a bone-in ribeye, or a new york strip, there are some key things that you have to remember when grilling the perfect steak. Here are our top tips.
Your set up is crucial in making the perfect grilled steak. Always start your grill at least 15 minutes before you start grilling. Make sure your grill grates are cleaned and lightly oiled.
It’s Starting to Heat Up!
We can’t emphasize enough that you need to get your grill extremely hot. Invest in a thermal temperature gauge like this one so you know when your grill is hot enough. You need to be at least 450 degrees Fahrenheit so you can sear in all the juices of your steak and create a nice crust. Use the thermal temperature gauge to see the hottest area of your grill. If you are using charcoal or wood, make sure you burn your wood and coals down so that there is little flare up that could burn your meat.
Make sure that you choose a steak that will do well when grilling. You need your steak to be thick enough to sear at a high temperature without cooking it all the way through. Steaks that are too thin will cook all the way through without getting a good sear and will turn out tough and/or rubbery. We recommend at least a 1 inch think cut.
Always bring your steak to room temperature and make sure they are dry before putting them on your grill. This helps with searing the meat to keep in all the juices and create a beautiful crust.
Keep it Simple
We love experimenting with all different types of rubs and marinades, but there is something to be said about keeping things simple. Some kosher or sea salt flakes and freshly ground pepper is all you need to season if you do things right. Make sure that if you have a really thick cut of meat that you season generously. Remember to season both sides. Once you have mastered cooking a steak with just salt and pepper, you can them look at trying out different spices and rubs.
Tools of the Trade
Never use a spatchula to flip your steak or a fork. Always use tongs. Using tongs will help to keep your crust on the steak and won’t pierce your steak and let out valuable moisture from your steak. Only flip once during your cook so that you can get maximum crust and flavor sealed in. A good rule of thumb on when to flip your steak is when it removes easily from your grill.
Nothing Wrong With Some Butter
Don’t be afraid of some butter. Butter helps bring out some of the flavor of the steak and also helps to keep it moist. Butter is the perfect companion to a good steak. Whether you put the butter on while the steak is grilling or put a pad of butter on while the steak is resting, don’t forget to add this essential ingredient.
Never Forget to Rest
You just spent all this time and money grilling the perfect steak and you are really hungry and just want to attack it. If you jump right in and start cutting up your meat without allowing it to rest is a travesty. We think that one of the most important steps is to allow your steak to rest. This allows for the muscle to relax and re-absorb some of it’s juices. Allowing enough rest will make a good steak an amazing steak.