Hello there, this is Justin, Amanda’s other half (not better, just other). While I’m generally the one consuming all the goodies that get posted here, I have a certain expertise required of this post. You see, in this house, grilling is my domain [Insert Tim “The Toolman” Taylor grunt here]. I’d go so far to say that every man ought to know how to grill. Nothing gets more manly than roasting meat over an open flame. Now, my favorite meat to grill is steak. I love nothing better than a thick cut sirloin or strip, paired with summer vegetables or a big baked potato. So, without further ado, here’s how I grill my steaks.
First, you must let your steak come to room temperature. Set out your steak about 20 minutes before grilling. When seasoning a steak, I like to keep the KISS principle in mind. Keep It Simple Stupid. I use Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper. That’s it. I like the Kosher variety because of its coarseness. This helps create a nice crust on the steak when you grill it. If you use regular table salt, you may want to adjust your amount up a tad. I use about a teaspoon of Kosher salt per side (maybe a pinch more depending on the size of steak) and then use our pepper grinder, maybe half a teaspoon (again, depending on the size of the steak). In my book, if A1 ends up on your steak, you did it wrong. A quality piece of meat, seasoned with salt and pepper, and properly grilled will always yield party-in-your-mouth results. Trust me. Save yourself the time and money and kick those fancy marinades to the curb.
Now, it’s time to grill. Pre-heat your grill to as hot as you can make it. Mine usually takes about 5-8 minutes to reach maximum temperature. Once your grill heats up, before you plop that hunk of meat down, you’ll want to take some olive oil and baste the grill where you plan on placing the steak. This will keep the steak from sticking, which is very important for what I’m about to tell you to do.
Imagine your grill is a clock. When you place the steak on the grill, put the top of the steak at the 2 o’clock position. By starting your steak in this position, we can achieve those really nice grill marks you see when you go to the fancy steakhouse.
After two minutes (and no more than two minutes), turn your steak to the 10 o’clock position. Continue grilling for another 2 to 4 minutes (depending on how you like your steak and it’s thickness). I grilled this one for an additional 3 minutes.
Now it’s time to flip. See those beautiful grill marks? You’re well on your way to the title “Grill Master.”
Remember to move the steak from the position you flipped it (in this case 10 o’clock) after two minutes. Usually at this point, I throw on the other veggies since they won’t take as long to cook.
So, how do you know when your steak has arrived at the temperature you desire? Frankly, I think it comes down to trial and error. A good rule is at least 4 minutes on each side for medium rare (that’s been my experience). But, here is a little tip that may help you figure out where your steak is without cutting into it. Take your index finger and touch your thumb (like you’re making an “ok” sign…or you’re about to put your 3-Goggles on). Now, with your other hand, put your index finger just below your thumb (the thumb making the “ok” sign) and your thumb on the outside of your hand (again, the one making the “ok” sign) and lightly pinch. The way your hand feels there is about how a steak will feel at rare. Now, take your middle finger and make the “ok” sign. Pinch again in the same spot. That’s how medium will feel. Go onto the next finger. That’s medium well. Pinky is well done (a.k.a burnt). The tighter the steak feels to the touch, the more done the steak.
Once you think your steak is done, remove from the grill and cover with foil. Allow the steak to rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.
Look at that beautiful and delicious red center (I like mine a little rare). It makes my mouth water just looking at it.
Well, I hope this has inspired you to fire up the grill one last time put your steak skills to the test.
Oh, I almost forgot the most important part. Play this while you’re grilling. It really enhances the experience.
Have a great Labor Day weekend!!
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