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How to Grill the Perfect Steak 

How to Grill the Perfect Steak
Mastering the Art of BBQ: A Guide to Grilling the Perfect Steak

Mastering the Art of BBQ: A Guide to Grilling the Perfect Steak

Barbecue season is upon us, and what better way to savor the outdoors than with a mouthwatering, perfectly grilled steak? Whether you’re a seasoned grill master or a novice cook, let us walk you through the steps to achieve steakhouse-quality results in your own backyard. Get ready to elevate your BBQ game and delight your taste buds!

Choosing the Right Steak

To start, selecting the right cut of steak is crucial for a successful BBQ experience. The CIA (Culinary Institute of America) suggests opting for well-marbled cuts like ribeye, strip steak, or porterhouse, as the marbling enhances tenderness and flavor. Visit a reputable butcher or meat market to ensure you get the best quality.

Preparing the Steak

Properly preparing the steak before grilling is vital. Generously season both sides of the steak with salt and pepper. For added flavor, consider using a dry rub or marinade. Try using a simple blend of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.

Bring Steak to Room Temperature

Allow the steak to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before grilling. This step ensures even cooking throughout the meat.

Preheating the Grill

Achieving the ideal grilling temperature is essential. Follow these guidelines:a. Direct and Indirect Heat Zones: Set up your grill with two heat zones – one for direct high heat and another for indirect medium heat. This setup allows for searing the steak over high heat and finishing it with gentle heat. Preheat the grill to a temperature of around 450°F (232°C) for high heat, and 350°F (177°C) for medium heat. Use a grill thermometer for accuracy.

Grilling Techniques

Mastering the art of grilling requires careful attention to technique. Here’s what the experts recommend: Place the steak over direct high heat and sear each side for 2-3 minutes, or until a rich, caramelized crust forms. This step locks in the juices and imparts a desirable smoky flavor. Move the steak to the indirect medium heat zone to continue cooking. Use a meat thermometer to monitor the internal temperature and achieve your desired level of doneness. The CIA advises an internal temperature of 125°F (52°C) for medium-rare, 135°F (57°C) for medium, and 145°F (63°C) for medium-well.c. Resting: Once the steak reaches the desired temperature, remove it from the grill and let it rest for 5-10 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in a more tender and flavorful steak.

Recipe: Herb Butter Basted Steak Try this mouthwatering recipe


2 ribeye steaks (1-1.5 inches thick)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons mixed fresh herbs (such as thyme, rosemary, and parsley), finely chopped


Season the steaks generously with salt and pepper on both sides

Pre-heat bbq grill for at least 15 minutes. Before you start grilling -take the temperature of the grill. For medium rare steaks, pre-heat grill to 350 Fahrenheit

Set up your bbq grill with 2 zones: hot and rest zones

Let steaks sit on your counter before grilling. The steak needs about 30 min to come to room temperature

In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 1 minute, until fragrant. Stir in the chopped herbs and cook for another 2 minutes

Grill steak starting on the hot zone. Listen for the sound of that marvelous sizzle, ahhh! Grill for 2 minutes, then take the temp of the steak

Grill the other side for 3 minutes – check the temperature

Based on how you like your steak (go by the temp of the steak), if the steak is not up to the temp of how you take your steak (rare – medium or well). If the steak is not yet at that temp, move steak to the cooler bbq grill zone. Then monitor the temp of the steak and pull off the grill once steak reaches optimal temp

Let steak rest for 15 in aluminum foil

Put the fresh herbs, butter mixture on the steaks and enjoy!

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