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Grilling Steak - A Lesson in Beef

Grilling Steak - A Lesson in Beef

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  • Serves: 4

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This is a lesson more than a recipe. It's geared for the novice cook or for those who struggle to get the perfectly grilled steak. Use a simple sprinkling of seasoning on the meat and that's all the prep work there is to it.

Preparation

The steak was grilled on an outdoor gas grill. Preheat the grill to 400 - 425 degrees minimum.
The meat was brought to room temperature which is another important factor in grilling or cooking proteins. Take your protein out at least 20-30 minutes prior to cooking.
Once the grill was properly heated on went the steak. Close the cover of the grill. As the fat starts to render the grill temperature will go up. The dripping fat will cause flare up and give the steak that nice searing on the outside. You'll want to keep an eye on it and give it a rotation. DO NOT PRESS THE MEAT! I repeat: DO NOT PRESS THE MEAT and DO NOT try and loosen the meat to flip it until it lifts easily.
Use tongs to turn the meat. Poking the meat with a two pronged meat fork only causes that precious juice to flow out of the meat.
Meat has its' own thermometer - when it is ready to flip, it should lift easily.
This cut of meat needed to grill on one side for about 8-9 minutes and it was ready to flip and continue cooking about 5-6 more minutes on the other side.
If you lightly press the meat with the tongs at the END of the grilling time and the meat still has some give to it, it should be a medium rare. To know what I am talking about, press the area right below your thumb. If there is that much give to the meat than you know you have a rare steak. If the steak is slightly firmer than that it should be medium rare.
Be sure and let your meat rest a good 10 minutes or longer to allow the juices to distribute throughout the meat. If you don't let it rest and cut it right away, all the juices will escape and you end up with a not so tender or not so flavor piece.
Meat or any protein will continue to cook until it cools down for a couple of minutes.
It's better to have to put the meat back on the grill to cook longer if it turns out too rare for you. If you overcook the meat - there isn't anything you can do about it. We ended up with a medium rare steak with a few of the outer pieces being cooked medium.

For those of you who are just starting out cooking or for those who have struggled to get perfectly grilled steak I hope this has helped. Enjoy a summer Sunday dinner splurge and the time spent with your family.

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