One of the first things that I learned how to cook on my grill was a steak. Now, I used to have a lot of trouble with this and more often than not my steak would come off the grill dry as a bone and as tough as a piece of old shoe leather.
After about the 10th time this happened I went on a quest to figure out how I could grill a really good steak so I could finally invite a few people over to my house and cook for them.
The three tips below are some of the most important things I learned and if you are really serious about grilling, you should take a minute to read through each one to make sure you have a good understanding of exactly what you need to do.
Before we begin I must say that not all grills will cook food the same way. I know that my Char Broil Performance 4-burner grill can crank out some heat as opposed to some of the other grills out there, so it makes sense to learn how to use your gas grill before you start. Heat control is very important and something every good cook needs to master in order to grill food that really rocks which brings me to the first tip...
Tip # 1:
Always make sure you maintain a consistent temperature. I used to crank up the heat and throw the steak on and pretty much just hope for the best.
I know many people who do the same thing and if you are one of these people you need to stop and realize that leaving your meat on a very hot grill for longer than a few minutes, can dry it out quicker than a grape in the sun.
If you are trying to sear the steak then you will want a hot grill but don’t leave it on there for more than a minute or two tops.
which brings me to my next tip…
Only flip the meat once when you are grilling it. Lots of people like to flip their food over and over again until it is done. This is a big no-no because you want one side of the meat to cook evenly and just enough so that when you flip it over, you get a perfectly seared steak. It only takes a few minutes to do this, so you need to time yourself and watch everything very closely.
Don’t poke holes in your food. Remember how your mom always told you not to play with your food? Well she meant it...especially when it comes to grilling. Poking holes in your steak with a fork is a common practice among backyard grillers and one that needs to be avoided unless you want a very dry piece on meat. Try using a good set of tongs when you grill that way you don’t let all the juices out of your otherwise flawless steak.
As you can see, grilling a good steak can be quite a chore but if you take your time and do it right you will soon be the barbeque master of your town and people will want to get together with you when you grill.