How To Cook The Perfect BBQ Steak2013 Sep 25 | Written by: Mary Ann de Mesa | Tags: Barbecues, Dinner, Meat
How To Cook The Perfect BBQ Steak, Barbecue steak is inarguably one of the most popular and favoured dishes amongst meat lovers. But whilst many can easily indulge themselves in a tender, juicy steak, not everyone has the skill (and yes, the courage) to cook a wonderful steak on the grill. One reason is that cooking the perfect BBQ steak requires some knowledge as well as proper care or handling. After all steaks are made from the more expensive cuts of meat, so the least we’d want is to have an overcooked or burnt steak, which would also mean a waste of money and resources.
That being said, it is important to learn all the tricks and tips on cooking the perfect steak before you try to make one at home. Still you need not fret, considering that most of the rules, if not all, are actually basic and easy to follow. Below are some of the most common tips on preparing, handling and cooking steak, which you should learn if you want to make a succulent, wonderful homemade steak:
1. Buy the best meat. A wonderful BBQ steak is not possible without high quality beef. As much as possible, choose fresh meat from your local butcher shop rather than the frozen type from supermarkets.
There are also various beef cuts that you can choose from, but the most popular for the barbecue include the T-bone, porterhouse, fillet, scotch fillet, sirloin, rump, rib and rib eyes steaks. Choose a cut with enough meat but also has some fat, as the fat helps keep the moisture when cooking the steak.
2. Do not grill cold steak. Allow your steak to be out of the fridge long enough for it to come to room temperature. Let it sit on the counter for 2-3 hours or more, depending on the thickness of the meat, until it reaches the desired temperature before cooking. This way you can avoid having dry, tough meat for your precious steak.
3. Season the steak minimally. A wonderful steak using a good quality of meat does not need much. Before putting the steak on the hot grill, brush it lightly on both sides with vegetable or olive oil, then season with a little salt and pepper. But if you want to get fancy, you can use other spices or marinade that will add an extra zing to your steak.
4. Wait until the barbecue grill heats up before cooking. This ensures a better sear and crisp surface crust once you place your steak on the grill. A steak with better sear can lock in more flavour whilst being cooked. Ideally, you need two areas or sides on your barbecue: one is for high heat and the other is for low heat. Preheat these grill areas, and make sure that the high heat side has enough time to reach the correct temperature.
5. Only use tongs to lift and flip the steak. Using forks can cause the precious juices of the meat to escape, which is a big no-no if you want your steak tender and juicy.
6. Use an instant-read thermometer to check the doneness of the meat. Sure, there are other ways to check the internal temperature of the steak, e.g. using the finger test. However, if you are not skilled enough then it is best to invest in a quality digital thermometer as this provides the most accurate way of determining the degree of doneness of a steak.
7. Allow the cooked steak to rest before serving/slicing. This step is crucial regardless of how you cook your steak. Allowing the meat to cool down is important for the proteins to relax and the juices to re-distribute through the meat. This results in a more tender, juicy steak.
So these are just some of the common tips on cooking a perfect BBQ steak. Now what you need to know is the actual process of cooking a succulent, delicious, well-grilled steak. Below is a simple guide to cooking your own homemade grilled steak. Keep in mind, though, that whilst this guide is practically easy to follow, you still need to consider several factors — for example, the cut of meat, its thickness, the degree of doneness you want, etc. — when grilling your own steak.
Basic Steps To Cooking Homemade BBQ Steak
- Prepare your grill. Brush the grill area with a little amount of vegetable oil before cooking. Heat the grill to high.
- Using a pastry brush, lightly brush both sides of the steak with a little oil. Season with salt and pepper.
- Place the steak on the hot surface of the grill, at a 45-degree angle to the grill bars. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
- Rotate the steak through 90 degrees without turning it. Cook for 1-2 minutes. This will create a nice, criss-cross pattern of grill marks on the steak.
- Use long-handled tongs to flip the steak. Repeat the process with the other side of the steak.
- Move the steak to the cooler part of the grill. Allow to sit for 4-5 minutes on each side.
- Once it reaches the desired doneness, remove the steak from the grill and transfer to a plate, covered loosely with foil. Allow to rest for 8-10minutes.
- Serve with baked potato or any sides of your choice.
To check the desired doneness of the steak, you can always rely on a meat thermometer. For rare, the temperature should read more or less 52°C; medium-rare, 57°C; medium, 63°C; medium-well done, 68°C; well done, 76°C. If you don’t have an instant-read thermometer you may use the finger test, which is another favoured method of determining how well done a steak is.
So that’s it! Now that you know how to cook a perfect steak, the only thing left to do is to just do it! Grilling a steak, as they say, is not rocket-science. Just keep on practicing and soon you will find it easy to create a mouth-watering, succulent BBQ steak that will impress your family and friends. Good luck and enjoy grilling!