Summer is here, and there’s almost nothing better than a sizzling summer grill, so after the prime beef soapbox of last week, I thought it important to offer some insight on producing a perfectly grilled steak. There is some great beef out there, and there is also a lot that is mediocre. The key to great steak success is buying a good quality cut of your liking, practicing at the grill, and treating your steaks well by following a few simple steps.
I crave a great steak now and then, and when that craving hits, only a thick ribeye from the outdoor grill will do. The ribeye contains several muscles, which provide different textures and flavors, and it’s a is a bit fattier than some cuts, which imparts both flavor and moisture to the finished product. (And yes, you can trim away the fat after cooking.)
Remember, every steak, every grill, every cook, and every outcome will be unique. The purpose of this advice is to even the odds as much as possible, so please use the steps below as a guideline to grilling your steak the way you want it—and not just by luck:
Step 1 – Important – Source a beautiful, well-marbled steak, the cut of your choice.
Step 2 – Very Important – Allow steak to come to room temperature, at least thirty minutes.
Step 3 – More Important – Season liberally and thoughtfully – you have choices here:
-Standard approach: Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
-Natural enhancement: fine sea salt and a drizzle of olive oil
-Robust flavor: brushing of olive oil, freshly minced garlic and parsley, salt and pepper
Step 4 – Prepare the grill and get it hot! Use a natural, non-aerosol pan spray to coat the grates.
Step 5 – Sear the steak over high heat, then transfer to an indirect position and lower the temperature. Trust your senses, and refer to my handy Steak Grilling Guidelines below, as needed.
Step 6- Most Important! Let the steak rest at least five minutes before slicing or cutting.
-The internal temperature will rise 5˚ or more while at rest.
-Trust your senses!
Like anything you want to master, grilling takes practice. At least with steak, you get to enjoy the results of each test run! Until next time, fire up the grill and show that New York Strip who’s boss!
-Chef Robert Wysong