A well cooked steak is the universal holy grail of back yard barbecuing. A grilled steak is my absolute favorite food to prepare for my wife and I. Just like everything else in life -- in order to master a craft you have to practice, and practice -- and practice some more. I have had my fair share of charred and over cooked NY strip steaks that resemble the taste and texture of an old leather boot. Trust me, save yourself some embarrassment and follow these quick steps.
Step 1 - Select your meat: Get a thick prime cut of meat. With a thinner steak you run a large risk of overcooking.
Step 2 - Make a plan: Take the steak out of the fridge and let it sit on the counter until it is room temperature. Starting from a uniform temperature will help the steak cook more evenly. Next, generously season your meat at least 30 minutes prior to grilling. This helps to look in the flavor and will keep the meat tender. For this steak -- I'm anti marinade. Dry rubbing in your seasoning is the way to go.
Step 3 - Prepare your charcoal or gas Grill: Your steaks should be cooked over high direct heat. On a gas grill high is equivalent to 400° - 500°. With a charcoal grill you want your coals glowing brightly. Try a hand test. Hold your hand 4 inches above the fire. Keep it there as long as you can. 1-2 seconds should be enough.
Step 4 - Grill Baby Grill: The key that works for me is to keep the lid closed as much as possible. Turn the steaks until they are well marked and cooked to the temperature of your liking. Make it easy; don't be afraid to buy a thermometer.
- 120° F (48.8° C) = Rare
- 130° F (54.4° C) = Medium rare
- 140° F (60° C) = Medium
- 150° F (65.5° C) = Medium well
- 160° F (71.1° C) = Well done
Step 5 - Let it rest: Take your steak out and let it rest on a cooking sheet for about 5 minutes. It won't hurt to dash a little bit more of your seasoning on it. My favorite is corse kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper.
Bon Appetite. Enjoy your steak with some pre-prepared potato fingerlings and cucumber and tomato salad from your grocers deli counter.
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