There is nothing better to eat outdoors with friends, especially in the summer, than grilled steaks! I have eaten steaks my entire life. The cool thing is my kids now love steaks and I continue loving to grill them.
What I really like about steak is that there are all sorts of cuts, and all sorts of ways to prepare them. I want to share what I feel is the best way to prepare, grill and finish steaks.
Best preparation. It is important to bring the steaks out of the fridge about 15-30 minutes prior to wanting to grill them. You do not want to grill a cold steak. Just use coarse kosher salt and course fresh ground pepper. Do not use olive oil, do not use garlic salt, or garlic pepper. Look I use this sometimes, but keeping it simple is the key to a great steak. Use more salt than you feel might be safe (do not go overboard, but get it on there) also get quite a bit of the pepper on there too. You want to apply it to both sides and make sure to rub it into the meat.
How to grill them.
You want to heat your grill on its highest setting and close the lid. Let it get as hot as you can without killing yourself or harming others. Once the grill is very hot, place the steaks diagonally on the grill grates. The diagonal step will make your steaks look the best when done. Now let them sit on the hot grill, with the lid open for about 2-3 minutes per side. You are doing this to sear in the flavor! Searing the meat is key. So when you are ready to flip it over, flip it diagonally and sear the other side too.
Once searing has been done on both sides, reduce heat to low or medium and flip again but cross the meat diagonally the other way now to make the grill grate marks crisscross. You will now cook again for 2-5 minutes per side or until your steak is done. Maybe another time I will explain how to tell it is done, that is a tough one and takes some time. For beginners, just slice into it when you think it is where it needs to be.
Finishing the steaks.
You need to let the steaks rest a bit before serving them. If you cut them up right after removing from the grill you will lose all the tasty juices and ruin them. Ok they wont be ruined but they will not be as good. Let them sit for 3-7 minutes. They even continue to cook a bit during this wait.
You can finish the steaks with a slice of butter. Try a compound butter of herbs, chives and garlic if you wish. The steaks in this photo are finished with goat cheese, caramelized onions and thyme. I love topping my steaks with pebre too! Pebre may be the best topping ever for a steak. Be creative, the star here is the steak, but you can top with a cool arugala salad, a peach or mango salsa, etc etc.
I fee the absolute best cut of steak for grilling is the ribeye due to all the marbling and taste. Marbling is the amount of fat in the meat and fat is tasty! Happy Grilling