How To Grill The Perfect Steak

If done right, grilling is one of the healthiest and easiest methods of cooking. If you haven’t grilled before, these tips and hints will help you grill safely with the best, juiciest, most savory results.

Below are a few outdoor grilling tips will get you started in the right direction.

1. Turn on your grill or your gas cooker on (either turn on the gas and ignite, or put coals in the bottom and light).

- If using a gas grill, leave the hood down/closed for about 10 minutes to burn off all excess residue and to get the grills nice and hot.

- If using charcoal, make a nice pile about the diameter of 75-80% of the total grill space, a couple inches high, and light with a match. Allow the coals to all catch, turn red, and stop emitting flames. Once most coals are glowing red and are silver/gray, you’re ready.

2. Season your meat using any type of seasoning that suits your taste. A popular way to do it is: Pat the meat dry, season it with salt and pepper, and rub a light coat of olive oil on it. Note: If you drench the meat in oil, you will cause flare-ups, which will cause the meat to unnecessarily burn and carbonize – imparting a very unpleasant flavor – ash. So, keep the coat of oil light.

3. Lay the meat down on the grill and do not move it until grill lines/brown caramelization (specifically called the “maillard reaction”) occurs on the entire surface.

4. Turn the meat over using a spatula or tong. Try not to use a fork at this punctures the meat and results in loss of juice.

5. Remove the meat when it’s almost done to your liking. A steak will cook a little after you remove it from the grill or oven, so stop broiling when the steak tests slightly less done than desired.

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