Hey folks, you know grilling season is coming up so we’re going to give you some easy tips to make sure you get the most flavor and juiciness out of your steak. There are three main tricks that will give you the perfect steak so get the fire hot!
#1 Buying Tips
Grilling the perfect steak starts with you buying that steak.
There are 3 types of meat you can buy that are based on the USDA grading system.
- Select $ –The cheapest steak you can buy
- Choice $$ – It has better flavor and is more tender than ‘select’.
- Prime $$$ – Best Flavor and very tender.
I’d recommend to get either Choice or Prime. When you start with good meat it’s just going to get better!
Marbling is the next thing you’ll want to look for when buying a steak. You might go out there, looking for the cleanest piece of red meat you can find, but you really don’t want that. You want a steak that has marbling.
Marbling is what I call ‘beef butter’. It’s those little white flakes of fatty tissue makes your steak more tender and makes it taste so good. But remember, the longer a steak sits out, the marbling melts and disappears.
Watch the video to see the difference between marbling and tough gristle.
#2 Prepping the Steak (Seasoning)
In prepping the steak, I’m not trying to mask the flavor of my steak, I’m trying to enhance that flavor. Start off with Lime Juice! Lime Juice is a natural tenderizer that breaks down tissue in meat and makes it tender.
Rub it in really well on both sides and if you have a tougher or ‘select’ cut of meat, use an unseasoned tenderizer.
Next, I use my original seasoning. You need to make sure it’s a seasoning you like and I would personally recommend this. Generously season the steak and rub it in, over the lime juice. Do this on both sides.
The bigger the piece of meat, the more seasoning you’re going to need on it. Don’t be afraid of over seasoning a big thick cut of beef.
After seasoning, I put my steak in a ziplock bag or a good trash bag, depending on how many I’m doing, and I’d let it sit for about 4 hours. This allows the seasoning to really get in there and for the meat to get even more tender.
#3 Grilling the meat (How to know when it’s done)
First, you need a good clean hot grill and make sure it is hot enough. An easy way to test that would be to out your hand over it – you shouldn’t be able to last 5 secs. I use my grill about 5.5 or 6 inches away from the coal.
Put your steak on the grill and shut the lid.
Leave it for 3 to 4 mins and then flip it. Most people say you can’t flip it more than once but I turn my steak 5 or 6 times before I get it the way I want, especially if it’s a big thick chunk of meat.
Check to see how far along your steak as come. Based on thickness, some may take longer than others. Touch the steaks and use your palm as a reference to determine if the steak has reached medium rare.
How to use your palm as a reference
Putting your thumb and first finger against each other, touch the palm of your hand, that’s what rare steak should feel like. Also, placing your thumb and middle finger against each other gives you a medium rare steak.
Watch the video to see our touch test method in action!
I never use a meat hook that would pierce my steak. When a steak is pierced, you’re letting some of that juice out and you really don’t want to do that. Let it rest for about 5 mins before you serve and cut it.
When you’re cutting a steak, always cut against the grain of that meat.
And that is how to grill the perfect steak! I’m sure your steak turned out as good as mine and I hope you enjoyed making it. Just one more thing –
Don’t be intimidated to put that steak on the grill. The only time you should fear a piece of meat is when it is still on the hoof!