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Grilling the Perfect Steak: Secrets Revealed!

Aug 17, 2007
Barbequing the perfect steak is an art form, or at least it is in my house. It is not something to be treaded on lightly, and too many people have invited me over for dinner and ended up burning everything from the steak to the veggies. There really is more to cooking out than just being able to light a good fire. BBQ'ing takes practice and patience to master the tricks of the trade. Below you will find some of my secrets to making the best steak that has ever had the privilege of gracing your dinner plate.

Let your steak reach room temperature before cooking out. Some people might tell you that this isn't necessary, but I feel that this helps grill your steak more evenly and faster.

Tip 1: Trim the steak of excess fat. Any strips of fat should be about 1/4" thick. Also cut through the fat strip about every 1 1/2". When bbq fat shrinks fast than the meat and it can cause your steaks to curl.

Tip 2: Season. I light brushing of olive oil, maybe some fresh cracked pepper is all you want. Seasoning is entirely up to you. Preheat the grill. Hot as it will go for a gas grill or a single layer of ashy white coals for a charcoal grill.

Tip 3: Oil the grate. An easy way to do this is to take a piece of trimmed fat, hold in tightly in a pair of tongs and rub it on the hot grate.

Tip 4: Grill. Place each steak on the grill for one minute. Turn and grill on the second side for an additional minute. Turn and rotate 45 degrees and grill for half the remaining cooking time. Turn again. If you do this right you will get a nice diamond pattern of grill marks.

Tip 5: Remove when done. I use the pressure test to check my steaks. When you are getting close to having a done steak press it with your index finger or the flat side of a a perfectly cooked piece of meat fork to get a feel for it. A rare steak will be soft. A medium steak will be firm but yielding. A well steak will be firm. Once you get the hang of this trick you will be able to remove steaks from the grill at just the correct second.

Tip 6: Let the steaks rest for 2-3 minutes before serving. This will let the juices flow out from the center so the whole steak is nice and juicy.
About the Author
Sarah Jones grew up loving all things BBQ.
When she isn't trying out new marinades or grilling in the backyard she is sharing her love of BBQ with others.
Learn more about her BBQ secrets at ForBBQ.com
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