Yesterday, I had the opportunity to give a beef cooking demonstration at the Ohio State Fair, showing consumers how to prepare beef with confidence. For my cooking segment, I chose to prepare Strip Steaks and a classic chimichurri sauce.
Now, I am by no means a grill expert, and my gourmet cooking skills could definitely use more practice; but perhaps that’s why so many fairgoers gathered around as I performed my demonstration. Certainly, if a 19-year-old college girl could cook a perfect steak, so could they! Here are my top 5 “must know” grilling tips for preparing the ideal steak.
Hot, Hot, Hot!
Whether you are using a grill, skillet, or griddle, you always want your cooking surface to be extremely hot before placing on your steaks. This will help you to create a perfect “crust” around your steaks, and in return, they will cook to perfection.
Oil the Steak, Not the Grate
Rather than greasing up your pan or grill slats, brush a little olive oil onto both sides of your steaks before cooking. This will prevent your beef from sticking to your cooking surface and help your seasonings stay on, as well.
Avoid Excessive Flipping
By only flipping once, you will prevent your beef from drying out and becoming tough. Cook your steaks for 8 – 9 minutes, and then flip. To get those marvelous diamond grill marks, start by laying your beef diagonally on the grill and after 5 minutes, rotate at a 45° angle and continue cooking. When you turn your beef over, you will have picture perfect grill, marks every time!
Use a meat thermometer
Don’t trust a timer or your own touch to guess when your steaks are finished. Use a meat thermometer to be confident that your beef has reached the proper internal temperature and is safe to serve. Remember that Medium Rare is 145°F, Medium is 160°F, and Well Done is 170°. Anything less is mooing, anything more is shoe leather.
After removing from the heat, always allow your steaks to rest for 10 – 12 minutes before cutting into them. This will allow all the beef juices to settle back into the meat and will end up on your taste buds, rather than in a puddle on your plate.
By using these 5 pointers, you’ll have your friends and family convinced that you are king (or queen) of the grill!
All for the Love of Beef,