Being able to grill steak well is definitely an art form. It not only takes patience, but it also takes practice, a lot of practice. Not everyone can just throw a steak on the grill and accomplish a juicy and tender piece of meat. If you take the time to practice grilling and barbecuing your steak, you will become a master who can produce mouthwatering steaks every time.
Follow the steps below to begin your journey to barbecuing the perfect steak. To start grilling, make sure you already have the cut of meat you are going to use. You will also want to make sure the steak has already been marinated and is ready to go, if you will be marinating it.
Preparing to Grill
Before grilling, you will need to preheat your grill to the hottest setting. If you are using a charcoal grill, allow the coals to turn an ashy white color. This will need to be done in advance to allow the grill time to heat up. If your grill is not ready, you will have trouble cooking the perfect steak.
You will also want to remove your steak from the refrigerator and allow it to reach room temperature before you grill it. If you pull the steak out before you preheat the grill, it should be room temperature by the time the grill is preheated.
At this point, your steak should be room temperature and your grill should be preheated or almost preheated. You will want to remove any excess fat that is on the steak, if any. If you are not marinating your steaks, simply brush some olive oil on the steaks and season with salt and pepper.
You will now want to brush oil on the grate of your grill. This will help prevent the steaks from sticking to the grill and it will help create beautiful grill marks.
Barbecuing the Steaks
Now you are ready to barbecue and grill your steaks. If you are using a charcoal grill, you will want to move the hot coals to one side of the grill. This will create both direct and indirect heating, which is best when barbecuing steaks.
Never use a fork to place the steaks on the grill or flip them. The fork will puncture the steak and cause the juices to run out, rendering the steak tough. Use tongs instead.
Grab your steaks and place them on the grill. Resist the urge to flip them and allow them to sear for 2-3 minutes. Using your tongs, flip the steak over and allow to sear, on that side, 1-2 minutes. Once you flip the steak and allow it to sear, turn the heat down on your gas grill to medium or, if using a charcoal grill, move the steaks to the side of the grill without the coals.
Finish cooking your steak to your desired likeness. Remove the steaks from the grill and allow to rest before cutting.
It can be difficult to cook a steak based on cook time alone. It is important to watch your steak and also know how to tell when it is done cooking. If you like a steak that is rare, touch the steak. If the steak is squishy and soft, it is rare. A medium steak will feel a bit firmer but will still have a slight squish to it. A steak that is well done will be firm.