Nothing says summertime like a nice steak off the grill. If you’re not an avid grill user, you may be unsure of how exactly to go about cooking such a delicious piece of meat on your grill. Grilling meat, especially steaks, is not hard—as long as you follow these steps.
Step 1: Start with a good cut of meat.
The taste of your steak greatly depends on the cut of meat you choose. To be safe, you may want to visit an actual butcher to get your cuts instead of those available at the grocery store. This way, you can ensure that you’re getting the best cut possible. Choose cuts of meat from the rib or loin. The best choices are ribeye, porterhouse, T–bone, NYStrip and filetmignon. Prime cuts are the best, but they’re also the most expensive. If you can’t afford prime, choice is the next best option, followed by select.
Step 2: Refrigerate if not cooking immediately.
If you are not going to grill the steak the moment you get home, it’s best to place it in the fridge. This will keep your steak from going bad. Most cuts of meat will last in the fridge for about 2 to 3 days. If you’re not going to use it right away, you can always freeze it.
Step 3: Marinate or season.
Marinating or seasoning the steak will give it extra flavor. Adding garlic and black pepper is an easy rub to add to your steak, and make sure to rub it in on all sides. If you are going to use this option, season your steak about 30 minutes before you plan on cooking it.
You can also buy steak marinades or rubs directly from your grocery store or butcher. If you opt for these choices, make sure to follow the packaging directions, as some marinades require an overnight sitting.
Step 4: Preheat your grill.
You always want your grill to be preheated before you set meat on it. A gas grill is better for steak, but a charcoal or wood grill will give your meat extra flavor. Make sure the grill is hot before adding the meat.
Step 5: Start searing.
Searing the steak will help keep it full of juices while making it look appealing. Make sure your grill is on high heat, and place the steak on the grill diagonally and let it sit for about 2 to 3 minutes. Then rotate it diagonally again to give it a beautiful cross grated look. Let it sit for another 2 to 3 minutes, and then flip the meat over using tongs or a spatula.
Note: Never penetrate your steak with a fork while it is searing, or you will lose the juice and the flavor.
Step 6: Keep grilling.
After the steak has been seared to perfection, turn down the heat of your grill to a low setting, and continue cooking the steak for 5 to 7 more minutes with the lid closed. Depending on the thickness of your steak, you will have a medium rare piece of meat. If you want your cut to be more cooked, you will need to keep it on the grill for a longer period of time. When you are done grilling, remove the meat from the grill and place it on a warm platter.
Step 7: Let it cool.
Before you cut the steak, allow it to sit and cool for at least five minutes. This will help ensure you have a flavorful and juicy piece of meat.
Voila! You have successfully grilled your first steak. It wasn’t hard, and it wasn’t time consuming, and now you know how to grill steak like a pro.
Rebecca Jones lives in Denver and is a writer. She enjoys writing articles about cooking, recipes, and cleaning. Rebecca recently wrote about her favorite banana nut bread recipe.