The weekend is here and you might be asking what is on the menu! If you love to spend time outdoors and fire up the girls, then we have some grilling tricks and tips for you! Here are some steak grilling tips so you can grill up some perfect steaks, burgers, hot dogs and more!
1. Clean Your Grill
To prevent unwanted flavors from traveling onto your steaks, it is important to clean your grill grates. Using a wire brush, scrub off any leftover burnt bits or residue from past grilling ventures. You want to do this before you fire up your grill and while the grates are still cold.
2. Bring the Steaks to Room Temperature
You never want to grill steaks that are straight out of the fridge. Grilling a cold steak will cause uneven cooking, and the outside of the steak could be overdone while the inside is underdone. You should take your steaks out of the fridge at lease 3o minutes before you are going to grill them, set them on the counter and allow the steaks to reach room temperature. Thespruceeats.com says to season your steak with your desired seasonings after the meat has reached room temperature. While your steaks are reaching room temperature, it’s time to prep your heat!
3. Heat Your Grill Correctly
You want to make sure the temperature of your grill is perfect so that you get the perfect finish on your steaks. Bon Appetite suggests making “zones” on your grill, one zone being really hot and one zone being not so hot. One side of your grill should have the majority of coals under it to produce more heat, and the other side should have fewer coals and can be used to finish off the cooking. Also, when it comes to making sure your grill is as the right temperature, Bon Appetite has a trick: “Use the 2-2 rule: Put your hand two inches above the hottest part of the coals. If you can hold it there for two seconds—no more, no less—you’re good to grill.”
4. Don’t Over Cook Your Steaks
This tip is pretty relative because everyone has their own preference when it comes to how “done” they like their steaks. Generally speaking, most people like to enjoy their steaks medium-rare to medium, and that is also how most chefs and grill masters cook their meat. Speaking of grill masters, Chef Bobby Flay shared the perfect way to cook a steak on the Food Network. After seasoning your steaks with lots of salt, pepper and olive oil, Flay says, “Place the steaks on the grill and cook until golden brown and slightly charred, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn the steaks over and continue to grill 3 to 5 minutes for medium-rare (an internal temperature of 135 degrees F), 5 to 7 minutes for medium (140 degrees F).”
5. Always Rest The Steaks
After you are done grilling your perfect steaks, I know that the last thing you want to do is wait to dig into them, but resting the meat is important. It allows the juices to settle and stay inside the meat, and it allows the meat to cool down a bit and finish the cooking process. You should rest your steaks anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the steak.
Finally, you can now enjoy your delicious steak dinner, hopefully with veggies and potatoes for a well-balanced meal. Use these steak grilling tips this weekend!