Top Grilling Tips from the Most Popular Steakhouse Experts
It’s quite understandable if you, along with your friends and family, like to hang out at the most popular steakhouse joints in your neighborhood. After all, they do serve great steaks, plus you save yourself from having to prepare and clean up afterwards.
But it’s also nice to just have a backyard barbecue when friends are around, especially when you have a pool or a huge TV to watch a football game. It’s much more relaxed and you tend to save money. But, if you don’t know what you’re doing, the steaks you purchase will turn out horribly.
Of course, there are things you can do to improve the taste and quality of your steaks. Here are some tips from the grilling experts that can change your steaks considerably for the better:
- Get a good grill set. You don’t really need something fancy or expensive. A grill that’s reasonably priced and with great customer reviews will do fine. You just need a brush and a robust set of tongs, and you’re good to go.
- Go for fresh meat. This means you need to avoid prepackaged meat wrapped in plastic that tends to trap the moisture. Instead, find a reputable butcher shop in your area. The meat counter in your local supermarket may have a butcher as well. Make friends with these people, so that you always get good service.
- Pick premium quality steaks. At the very least, you should get USDA “Choice-grade” steak, which is higher in quality than the “Select” and “Standard” variants. If you can spare a bit more for your budget, you should go for certified Black Angus or USDA Prime steaks. These are the best quality steaks you can get for your money.
- Check the marbling. Marbling refers to the intramuscular fat, and the degree of the marbling helps determine the overall quality of the steak. The greater the level of the marbling, the better the steak tastes. This fat keeps the meat juicy and tasty. It’s really what gives it the flavor you’re looking for.
- Don’t cook the meat straight out of the freezer. That’s not really a good idea since steak at this temperature doesn’t really cook evenly. Instead, when you take it out of the freezer you should just let the steak thaw for at least 20 minutes. It should be at room temperature before you begin to grill it.
- Preheat. While you’re waiting for the meat to thaw at room temperature, you may want to use that time to preheat your grill. This means it should be hot enough so that you can’t really hold your hand over the grate for too long. If you can still hold your hand for more than 2 seconds, it’s still not hot enough.
- Keep the meat steady. Once the grill is hot enough (your hand can’t go over 2 seconds over the grill), you can lay your steak down. You have to keep yourself from turning it over too frequently. Instead, you should wait until you have a seared crust before you flip the steak over. Flipping the meat early will just get the meat sticking to the grate.
- Use a finger to test the steak. You can just touch the steak to see if it’s done. It’ll feel spongy and soft if you want it rare. For medium rare, it’ll spring back a little. If it’s firm, you’ve entered the well-done territory.
- Avoid “well-done.” That’s because when you cook the steak this way, you just lose too much of the flavor. Try to undercook instead of overcook. At least this way, you can simply just put it back on the grill if you think it’s still too rare.
- Wait after grilling. You have to give the juices some time to settle back into the meat so you can get the full flavor. You can start slicing after at least 5 minutes.
These 10 tips should really help you get the flavorful steaks you can be proud of for any backyard barbecue. You can still go to the most popular steakhouse restaurants in town, but least you don’t have to depend on them solely for some great steaks!