Grilling the Perfect Steak

Grilling the Perfect SteakGrilling the perfect steak is a quest for many. While a lot of people like to put fancy seasonings on a steak, the natural flavor of a steak is good enough for me. All you really have to do is add some salt and pepper and then grill it to the completeness that you like.

First, get the steak out of the refrigerator and let it sit on the counter for 30 minutes to bring it to room temperature. Then get your grill nice and hot.

While the grill is heating, brush the steak with a little canola oil and then sprinkle with salt an pepper. I like to use kosher salt (larger salt crystals) and ground pepper (more intense flavor).

After you do that, put the steak to the grill. You won't need to oil the grill, since the steak already has oil on it. Sear it quickly on one side, rotate the steak 45 degrees and grill again to give some nice crossed grill marks. Flip it over and do the same thing on the other side.

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When you pull the steak off the grill, add a pat of unsalted butter to the top and just let it slowly melt. It will give an extra flavor and glossy appearance to the steak that will have your guests raving about how well you cook steaks.

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Now that the steak is seared, the next step in grilling the perfect steak is to move it to a side of the grill away from the hot flame. Your goal now is to simply cook until it is as done as you like it, but no more. The best way to accomplish that is with a thermometer.

For rare, cook until the center is at 125 degrees, for medium rare, until 130-135 degrees, and so forth, until well done is at 160 degrees. Find the temperature that results in a steak that is as done as you like and remember it and you can now always get your steak perfectly done.

An instant read thermometer is ideal for this, because it takes just a few seconds to find out the temperature.

One of the keys to grilling the perfect steak is to cook it until it is done how you like it and no longer!

A final tip: After removing the steak from the grill, let it sit for 5 minutes before serving. This gives all the juices a chance to flow back into the meat, making the steak both juicy and flavorful. Cover the steak with tin foil during this time to keep it warm.

That's all there is to grilling the perfect steak!

Add some nice grilled potatoes and grilled vegetables and you have a delicious meal, hot off the grill.


What to do:

  • Sign up for my Outdoor Cooking Magic Tips and Recipes and get a free Grilling Recipes eBook.
  • Get yourself a thermometer, so that you can grill the perfect steak!
  • Leave me a comment below and let me know what you do to grill the perfect steak!

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