October 25, 2009

A Perfectly Grilled Steak

After preheating all burners on high, place the steaks on the grill. I like to position the steak on the grate in either the 10 o'clock or two o'clock position.
After approx 2 minutes rotate the steak a quarter turn.

After cooking another 2 minutes turn the steaks over. Check out those grill marks!

The finished result. Total cooking time 8-10 minutes.

A great steak served with grilled veggies, baked potato, and salad.

Grilling a perfect steak doesn't have to be difficult. Just follow a few simple steps and success is within your reach. First, select your favorite cut of beef. In this case I purchased Certified Angus filet's but the important point is to pick a cut of red meat you enjoy. My only recommendation is to look for even fat distribution (marbling) throughout the piece of meat. Fat is essential to ensuring the steak is flavorful and has a good texture in your mouth. Second, keep the seasonings simple. If you have spent the time to select a decent steak don't overwhelm the natural beef flavor with a complex seasoning blend. I used kosher salt and coarsely ground fresh black pepper. A good commercially prepared alternative is Montreal steak seasoning. This is readily available at most grocery stores. It contains a blend of salt, peppers, and garlic. When seasoning the steak I will usually lightly brush them with canola oil and then apply the seasoning. The oil performs two functions. It is a binder allowing the seasonings to adhere to the meat and a little oil will help prevent the meat from sticking to the grates of the grill. Third, preheat your grill to high. After the grill is preheated make sure the grates are clean. If necessary use a grill brush to remove any stubborn food debris. Fourth, place the steaks on the grill. Cook with the lid closed to prevent flareups and just leave the steak alone for 2 minutes. Open the grill and rotate the steaks a quarter turn. This will create the perfect diamond grill marks. Close the lid and cook another 2 minutes. Open the grill and flip the steaks. Continue cooking for another 4 minutes with the lid closed to reach medium rare, a minute or two longer for medium. In my opinion steaks cooked anymore than medium are overdone and dry. It's very easy to take a great cut of meat and turn it into a piece of shoe leather by cooking it too long. This is just my opinion so if your preference is well done by all means cook it a little longer until the desired degree of doneness is reached. The approx total cooking time to reach medium rare is 8 minutes. I cooked the steak pictured above approx 10 minutes. When finished remove the steak from the grill and place on a clean platter. Loosely cover the platter with foil and allow the steak to rest for at least 5 minutes. The resting period is important because it allows the juices in the meat to redistribute. If you cut into a piece of meat too soon after it is removed from the grill you will lose a lot of the juices; so wait and allow the steak to rest. Your patience will be rewarded. Can cooking a great steak be this simple? You bet! Plate the steak, serve with your favorite sides, and enjoy.

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