When the weather and grills heat up, it can only mean it’s officially grilled steak season. Steaks on the grill are the perfect combination of quick, filling, and delicious. They’re fast enough for family dinners and they make celebrations even more special. Simply put, steaks are hard to beat … unless you use these tips to make every steak your best steak.
Saying one steak is the best steak to cook on a grill versus another is like picking a favorite child. Steaks of almost any type and the hot grates of your grill are pretty much made to be together. That said, here are our favorites in no particular order.
As you can see, on any trip to the steak section you’ll find plenty of worthy options. You truly can’t go wrong. Whatever you pick, make sure you grill it right by following these tips.
Bring It to Room Temperature
Take your steaks out of the fridge about a half hour to an hour before you plan to grill. Otherwise, the outside of the steak will cook way faster than the inside. By letting your steak reach room temperature, you set yourself up for consistent cooking throughout.
Get Your Grill Ready
Start by cleaning and oiling your grill. This will prevent your steak from sticking to the grill and also help avoid any flavors of the last thing you grilled from getting mixed in to your delicious beef.
Next, you’ll want to zone your grill into two different temperatures. Two-zone grilling is when you heat one side of your grill to high heat and the other side to medium. If you’re cooking with gas, simply turn the knobs to the appropriate spot. For charcoal grilling, stack your coals in a descending pattern with more on the hot side, ramping down to fewer on the medium side.
Sprinkle the Seasoning
A little salt and pepper can go a long way. Sprinkle some salt as early as a few hours before grilling. It will help with juiciness down the road. Then, before your grill, pat the steak dry and add some more salt and some pepper. We recommend fresh-cracked pepper to create a crispier outer layer.
When flare-ups happen or when you’re flipping, use tongs to take it easy on your steak. Flipping and sliding too quickly will cause your steak to lose some fat, which will cause more flare-ups that could singe your steak and also somewhat diminish the deliciousness.
Steak Grilling Time
How long to spend cooking a steak on your grill depends on how thick it is; whether you’re grilling filet mignon, rib-eye, or any of the other types; the temperature of your grill; as well as how well you want it done.
Consider these times a starting point and practice until you reach perfection. We’re pretty sure you can find a few taste testers along the way.
With so many factors to consider, grill until the lower end of these times then test with a thermometer or carefully press with your finger.
Poke for Perfection
This one takes a little trial and (hopefully not) error. An experienced chef, like yourself, can tell how done their steak is by pressing into it throughout the cooking process. A rare steak will feel very soft, while a well done steak will feel firm. Finding the level of doneness using only your finger takes practice, and you should always verify your findings with a thermometer.
Take Your Steak’s Temperature
Always use a meat thermometer to check your steak’s internal temperature for doneness. While most foods have one recommended temperature, steak can vary depending on how done you like it.
According to The Certified Angus Beef® Brand, you can test for doneness by checking for the following temperatures with your thermometer.
Rest for the Best
Don’t let all the careful attention and patience go to waste by hastily cutting into your steak. Let it sit for a good 10 minutes after removing it from the grill. It will help your meat reach peak tenderness and juiciness.
Ready to put our tips to the test? Try these grilled steak recipes.
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