I know summer is right around the corner when the familiar scent of burning charcoal briquets perfumes the air and the chatter of backyard bbq’s becomes white noise around me. If you haven’t already, now is the time to wipe down your grill and get it ready for summer grilling.
Reading all the recent entries for the 2-N-1 grill giveaway happening right now, many people shared how they loved to grill steak. I love a good steak myself and my favorite way to prepare them is by grilling them seasoned with just salt and pepper. I won’t be offended if you want to call call me a minimalist.
Often times when I grill steak for friends and familiy they always ask how how I managed to have a juicy, succulent steak that is neither dried out or tasteless. My answer is quite simple. If you want a juicy steak, the key is not to over cook it. The picture above is taken from a post I did last year on how to grill London Broil. I thought it would be very helpful and useful to those of you who are new to grilling or simply haven’t achieve the results you’ve been looking for.
How I grill steak is like this -I generously season my steaks on both sides with just salt. The type of salt I use is medium coarse kosher or sea salt (DO NOT USE TABLE SALT). I wrap them up in plastic wrap and stick them in the refrigerator for 3 hours. You can allow them to rest for a shorter amount of time, but try to allow them to soak up the salt for a minimal of 1 hour. When I’m ready to grill, I remove the steaks from the refrigerator and rub them with olive oil on each side as well as seasoning it with freshly ground black pepper. The steaks have already soaked up much of the salt but if you like, you can also add a little bit more salt. Ideally, you want the steaks to come to room temperature before grilling. Allow them to rest on the counter while the grill is preheating. You want to have your grill as hot as possible before cooking meat on it. Once your grill is heated, rub olive oil on the grill grate so your steaks will not stick to it. Grill each side of the steak according to the cooking times below. Keep in mind the less time (more rare) you cook your steak, the more tender it will be.
- Thickness – 1 1/2″: Medium-Rare: 5-7 minutes each side Medium: 7-9 minutes each side Well: 9-13 minutes each side
- Thickness – 2″: Medium-Rare: 6-9 minutes each side Medium: 8-11 minutes each side Well: 11-15 minutes each side
Once your steaks are ready to come off the grill, be sure to allow them to rest on plate or cutting board for 5-7 minutes before cutting into and serving. While the steaks are resting, take a piece of aluminum foil and gently cover the top of your plate to keep them warm. Enjoy!
If you have anything you want to add as far as how to grill a steak, I would love to know. Just leave your suggestions in the comment section for everyone to also learn too. Looking forward to reading all your tips!