A Home Cook’s Guide To Grilling The Perfect Steak

Anyone can cook a steak anywhere: on a regular pan, a cast iron pan, or a grill. Among the many different modes, however, grilling is one of the best, as it brings out a steak that is so tender and juicy. There’s a unique charred flavor on the outside while maintaining the meat’s quality, made even better with the marinade and seasoning. 

And since summer is underway, this also brings the perfect opportunity to brush up on your grilling skills. Grilling is undoubtedly one of the best summer cookouts, but it can also be quite intimidating. After all, it’s not just like you’re grilling ordinary burgers and sausages, as you may have been used to. Steak requires more care and attention to detail so you don’t destroy the meat’s quality. 

Follow these pieces of advice below, and you’ll be grilling steaks perfectly in no time. 

  1. Learn Straight From The Experts 

Learning the ABCs and more from The Grilling Master or other websites when grilling a steak can help significantly. Even beginner home cooks can become masters of steak by learning from the experts. While you don’t have to go to a formal culinary school for this, reading through guides and watching videos can help you get the hang of grilling, too.  

Read through as many resources as possible during your free time, especially if steak is one of your favorites. Slowly gather the right tools and master the different techniques, and soon enough, you’ll be grilling steaks like the pros. 

While online, you can also look at websites that share their recipes for a perfectly grilled steak. Apart from mastering the different techniques, it gives you a step-by-step guide to what you should and shouldn’t do. You’ll also have precise measurements of the ingredients needed. All you need to do is follow it and adjust it to your taste.  

Different recipes can help lead you to the right one, as cooks also have their renditions of a ‘perfectly grilled steak.’ You don’t have to worry about getting anything wrong the first time when you have a ‘manual’ to help you find the ropes around the best-grilled steak ever.  

  1. Clean And Season Your Grill Before Cooking 

Before grilling, you must ensure your grill is correctly seasoned and prepared. High-heat cooking oil, like naturally refined avocado oil, works perfectly. Just be sure not to overdo it, as excess oil can also affect the taste of your steak.  

  1. Choose The Best Beef Cuts For Grilling 

If available, one of the most favored cuts for grilling steak is the New York strip because it is fat and juicy. If the New York strip is unavailable, these are other options that are just as good, too:  

  • Porterhouse;    
  • Sirloin;    
  • Filets mignons;    
  • Flank;    
  • Tri-tip steak;    
  • Ribeye steak.    

Most importantly, choose according to your liking. Some steak enthusiasts have specific cuts they prefer over others. If that’s the case, go for what you like, which means you’ll enjoy the steak even more.  

  1. Take It Easy With The Charcoal 

Charcoal brings a unique, charred flavor to steak, but this doesn’t mean you should overdo things. Take it easy with the charcoal, or you’ll have more burned steaks than delicious ones. Unfortunately, the steak will lose its flavor if overcooked, and that’s the last thing you’d want to happen with your premium meat.  

Your goal should be to let the coal burn to a nice, even heat. That way, you’ll have a delicious, smoky flavor from the charcoal grill. 

  1. Marinate Before Grilling 

While not required, marinating the steak before grilling is a failproof way to make them come out so juicy and tender. You can use store-bought marinades, but you can also make your own. Those who’d like to take the latter route can use the following:    

  • Garlic to give the steak that amazing flavor;    
  • Lemon pepper, with its traditional pepper flavor, but made even better with a lemon zest punch;    
  • Worcestershire sauce to give a tangy punch of vinegar;    
  • Olive oil to keep the steak juicy;    
  • Balsamic vinegar adds a hint of sweetness without overdoing it.    

You can also have your preferred go-to marinade, which will do just as well.    

The Bottomline 

With steaks, it’s easy to mess up if you don’t know what you’re doing. Commit the suggestions above to heart so the grilling steak will forever be in you. Even if it’s last-minute, there’s no panic, as you know precisely how to impress with your steaks. You may have to rely on a recipe initially, but grilling steaks will become second nature to you later, and you’ll have your own in mind. Your grilled steaks might become well-sought-after, and friends and family look forward to those grill nights at your place. 

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