While you can always stop by LB Steak in order to enjoy a perfectly grilled steak, we would like to share with you some tips on how you can grill your own perfect steak.
- Since grilling a steak revolves so much around the temperature of the meat, it is essential to remember that the importance of temperature does not only involve the period of cooking the meat, it also includes the prep as well. With this in mind, you should always make sure to not begin grilling your steak as soon as you take it out of the fridge; instead, you should make sure to take out the steak a short time before you begin grilling and make sure it comes to around room temperature before you throw it on the hot grill. The reason for this is because the meat will cook unevenly if it is colder on the inside than it is on the outside.
Heating Up the Grill
- Based on the previous suggestion, another important aspect of grilling the perfect steak involves heating up the grill before you throw the meat on. While this step might seem basic, it is absolutely vital if you want an evenly cooked steak. Along with this, make sure that your grill is nice and clean. In order to make it easier to heat the grill and flip the steak, it is always a good idea to use a little bit of oil on a paper towel to rub the grill with.
- While your meat is nearing room temperature and your grill is heating up, the next step will be to season your meat. Even though a good steak will always taste good with just a simple seasoning such as salt, especially if you want to experience the natural flavor of the beef, certain cuts of steak are also amazing with a good marinade. This step should be done around 30 minutes before cooking the steak in order for the meat to fully absorb the salt or marinade.
Meat Type and Degree of Heat
- Depending on the type of steak cut that you have, how thick it is, and the type of cook you want on it, the degree of heat is also important. While most steak cuts cook best over high heat, giving a good sear to both sides and cooking the middle to a perfect degree, some thicker cuts will not cook as evenly. When it comes to thicker cuts of meat, a good way to cook them is to sear them quickly on each side on high heat and then move them to a lower heat level to cook it internally.
Degrees of Doneness
- Depending on the thickness of the steak, you can either use a meat thermometer or a timer to determine when the meat has reached the perfect amount of doneness. Typically, with a meat thermometer, these will be the temperatures for each specific type of cook:
- Rare: 115º-120º F
- Medium Rare: 120º-125º F
- Medium: 130º-135º F
- Medium Well: 140º-145º F
- Well Done: 150º and up
Other than using a thermometer, you can also use a timer if the meat is too thin. For the steaks that are too thin to use a thermometer for, specifically steaks that are around 1-inch thick or less, you should base it on a 3-5 minute time for rare to medium rare.
Letting Your Steak Rest
- Based on the previous tip on cooking temperatures and times, it is crucial to remember that the steak will continue to cook as it rests. This is especially essential to remember because of the importance of letting the meat rest, since it will allow the meat to fully absorb all of its seasoning and natural juices. You should always plan to let the meat rest for 5-10 minutes, as well as consider that this time will typically cook the meat around an extra 5 degrees.
Ultimately, cooking the perfect steak does not have to be overly complicated. While it involves dedicated attention and practice, anyone can do it. We hope these tips help you in your journey to become a grill master.
Come by LB Steak today if you wish to relax and have a perfectly grilled steak done for you!