How to Grill the Perfect Steak? To us, steak is what should always be for dinner. Unless, of course, it’s not cooked correctly. We get it – producing steaks that are perfectly cooked, irresistibly juicy, and full of flavor is hard to do. That’s why we researched, tested some theories, and came up with these steps that make grilling the perfect steak an achievable goal.
Grill The Perfect Steak
Step 1: Choose the Right Steak
The first thing to do is find a good steak, and while you may disagree, the best cuts for grilling are usually ribeye or strip. Sure – you can go ahead and throw some expensive tenderloin down, but because it’s less fatty, the flavor won’t be there. And no matter which steak you choose, you’ll want to look for marbling. More marbling = more fat = more flavor.
After you’ve selected which kind of steak to grill, check its thickness. Steaks 1 ½ – 2” thick work best on the grill. When the outside of thinner steaks looks adequately browned, the inside is completely overcooked.
Step 2: Season It
Salt that steak! It’s a complicated chemical process, but basically, the salt reacts with proteins inside the meat and breaks them down slightly over time, making the meat super tender. Just make sure to apply the salt at least 40 minutes before grilling (but you can do it days before too).
Step 3: Create the Perfect Sear
Place the cooler side of the steak on the grill. Only open the cover when you flip the steak. When it’s reached the desired internal temp, move it to the hot side of the grill to form a crust. The heat allows the meat to cook evenly from edge to edge.
Step 4: Flip Away
Maybe you’ve heard mention that you’re not supposed to flip meat more than once. Lie. By flipping more often, you end up with more evenly cooked meat. (And if you don’t believe it, take a look at this experiment.)
Step 5: Buy a Thermometer
Can they be pricey? You bet. But you don’t need to buy a $200 thermometer just for the summer. Instead, figure out a reasonable price based on the number of times you plan to use it. And after you’ve acquired one, put it to good use! While what constitutes a perfect steak is somewhat subjective, we can all agree that a chewy, well-done mass is a far cry from delicious. So, for juicy steaks, shoot for between 130-140 degrees.
Step 6: Give it a Rest
Allow the steak to rest for about 10 minutes before cutting into it. If you don’t give the steak time to itself, all that delicious juice comes pouring out when you go to take your first bite. But, if you let it rest, the edges of the steak cool down, allowing them to suck up the delicious juice so you can enjoy a juicy steak.
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