How To Grill Steak Perfectly

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How To Grill Steak Perfectly? How to Grill Steak Perfectly is easy with 5 different temperatures and great tips to help guide you to grilling the perfect steak.  When it comes to grilling a steak, such as a Filet Mignon, a Boneless Ribeye, T-Bone, or a New York Strip Steak, my husband knows what he is doing.  

Methods to Cook and Grill a Steak Perfectly…

There are many different cuts of steaks you can easily purchase on the market, and it can be confusing.  But regardless of which steak you choose, there are four easy methods for cooking them:

  • on a charcoal grill
  • on a gas grill 
  • stovetop skillet 
  • or broil in the oven

 

 

How to Grill a Steak Perfectly?  

When choosing a steak, my husband, who is the grill master of the family, recommends what to look for:

  • Best to look for USDA Prime, simply because the meats are aged, somewhat leaner, and tastier. 
  • Steaks are always better to grill when they are at least 1-inch thick, or 1 + 1/2 inches thick.  They will cook juicier, more tender, and flavorful.
  • Also, he says “when in doubt” – he highly recommends using a meat thermometer while grilling for additional accuracy. 

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What if the Steaks are Frozen?

  • First, no matter what steak you choose, or the cooking method, he always recommends allowing your meat to fully thaw and defrost in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours before grilling.
  • It’s also equally important to allow the steaks to come to room temperature for at least 30 minutes before cooking them.   
  • Once your steaks are fully thawed, it’s best to season generously with your favorite seasonings on both sides.  My husband prefers simple ingredients such as salt, pepper, and lots of garlic powder.
  • When grilling your favorite steak, follow the chart below and it will help you measure your steak to your liking. 

How to Know When the Steak is Done to Your Liking?

When grilling a steak, it is a good idea to have a good meat thermometer nearby. This will take all the guessing out of the equation. There are 5 ways how to grill steak perfectly.

Here is a Guide to 5 Temperatures and Colors to Measure Doneness:

1.  RARE – the center is bright red, pinkish towards the outside.  Plus, the temperature on the thermometer should read 125 degrees F.

2.  MEDIUM RARE – is when the center is very pink, slightly brown towards the outside.  The temperature should read 135 degrees F.

3.  MEDIUM – the center is light pink and the outer portion is brown. Also, the temperature is 145 degrees F.

4.  MEDIUM WELL – is when the center is slightly pink, and the outer portion is brown.  And the temperature should read 155 degrees F.

5.  WELL – is uniformly brown throughout the steak and the temperature should be at 165 degrees F.

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TIPS and NOTES For Grilling Steak Perfectly Every Time…

Keep in mind that my husband’s recommendations are from his years of experience as the “Grill Master” of the family.

  • Every grill is different.  Therefore, the amount of time to grill your steaks will vary. 
  • Keep in mind, that it’s best to always preheat your gas or charcoal grill on “high” heat. Then with a gas grill, you can lower it to medium heat, and grill steaks on medium heat.   
  • He also recommends always grilling your steak for a few minutes per side, while constantly turning them to avoid burning the meat. 
  • As you are turning them on the grill, he recommends adding more garlic powder to each steak. This will continue to flavor them. 
  • Also, follow the Chart and the thermometer to your preference.
  • Towards the end of the grilling process, add a couple of slices of butter on top of each steak and let it melt on top of the meat.  This will give the meat a moist, buttery flavor.
  • When you remove your steaks from the grill, allow them to rest for at least 5 minutes before cutting and serving.  This will allow juices to be absorbed into the meat and bring the steak to the desired temperature before serving.
  • Before transferring your steaks onto a cutting board, or serving dish, add slices of butter (about 3 thin slices) and place the steak on top of the butter. The butter will melt underneath the steak and give it a rich, silky flavor (a trick he learned in France).
  • One Final Tip!  Sprinkle a little salt over them while they are resting.  Because most of the seasonings will have fallen off while grilling.  
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Questions and Answers…

  1. What is the secret to grilling a tender steak? Charring the outside on both sides will seal all the juices inside, keeping the steak juicy and tender.
  2. Do we grill steaks with the lid open or closed? It all depends on the heat intensity and the BTU’s your gas grill has, will depend if you should grill with the lid open or closed.
  3. How long do you cook a steak on each side on the grill? Best to grill a steak for at least 3 to 4 minutes on each side, so it will cook evenly and give it a nice charred without burning.
  4. What is the best way to grill on a charcoal grill? The secret is to add plenty of charcoal to your grill and get it extremely hot before adding your steaks.
  5. What cuts of beef are best for cooking on the BBQ? All steaks, including our popular London Broil steak.
  6. Why does the steak need to “rest” for a few minutes before cutting into it? The steak needs to “rest” for a few minutes before cutting into it because it will allow the juices to remain inside and not run out too quickly.
  7. Finally, what is the secret to grilling steaks perfectly every time? Allowing the steaks to “warm-up” to room temperature, for at least 30 minutes before grilling. If you cook a steak while it is still cold, your meat could most likely turn out tough, and not as tender.

OPTIONS and IDEAS for STEAK TOPPERS:

Once you’ve grilled the perfect steak, you can add an unexpected unique twist and flavor with any of these simple toppers.

  • Basil Pesto – spread a spoonful of our fresh basil pesto sauce on top of hot grilled steaks.
  • Caramelized Onions – top with caramelized onions, crispy prosciutto, or bacon. 
  • Sauteed Mushrooms – try our delicious easy sauteed mushrooms on top.
  • Caprese Mix – add some chopped tomatoes, pearl-size fresh mozzarella, and fresh basil.
  • Blue Cheese – sprinkle crumbled blue cheese on hot steaks before serving. 
  • Peppercorn Sauce – try our delicious cognac peppercorn sauce on top. 
  • BBQ Sauces – Or try any one of these:  5 Barbecue Sauces to Make This Summer!
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Whether you are grilling a filet mignon, a T-bone, a ribeye, or any steak of your choice, these are great tips to help you grill the perfect steak.  

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How To Grill Steak Perfectly

A raw steak on a plate with peppercorns on top. by 2sistersrecipes.com

How To Grill a Steak Perfectly with 5 different temperatures. When it comes to grilling a steak, such as a Filet Mignon, a Boneless Ribeye, T-Bone, or a New York Strip Steak, my husband knows what he is doing! And he highly recommends using a meat thermometer while grilling for additional accuracy.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes

Ingredients

Choose Your Steak!

  • Filet Mignon
  • T-Bone Steaks
  • Boneless Ribeye Steak
  • New York Strip Steak

Choose your seasonings:

  • salt
  • black pepper
  • garlic powder
  • or your favorite ones

You Will Need:

  • butter - a few tablespoons to your preference

Instructions

    The Methods to Grilling a Steak Perfectly:

    1. These are guidelines for a charcoal or gas grill. Times with vary depending on the thickness of each steak.
    2. First, allow your steaks to warm up to room temperature for at least 30 minutes. Then season them with your favorite seasonings
    3. Next, preheat your grill on high heat, then lower it to medium heat to grill your steaks.
    4. He also recommends to always grill your steak for a few minutes per side, while constantly turning them to avoid burning the meat. 
    5. As you are turning them on the grill, he recommends adding more garlic powder to each steak. This will continue to flavor them. 
    6. Also, follow the Chart below and your meat thermometer to your preference.
    7. Then allow your steaks to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

    The Guide for 5 Temperatures and Colors to Measure Doneness:

    1. Rare - the center is bright red, pinkish towards the outside. Plus, the temperature on the thermometer should read 125 degrees F.
    2. Medium Rare - is when the center is very pink, slightly brown towards the outside. The temperature should read 135 degrees F.
    3. Medium - the center is light pink and the outer portion is brown. Also, the temperature is 145 degrees F.
    4. Medium Well - is when the center is slightly pink, and the outer portion is brown. And the temperature should read 155 degrees F.
    5. Well - is uniformly brown throughout the steak and the temperature should be at 165 degrees F.

     

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