Grilling Tips and Tricks: How to Prepare the Perfect Steak
Summertime equals grilling season. During summer, people spend most of their time outdoors as they try to maximize on the hot nights. There are higher chances this season that most of your meals will be outdoors. You are likely to spend a lot of cash on food and other outdoor adventures. But, it’s possible to save if you can make perfect meals in your backyard. Here are a few grilling tips and tricks for the ideal barbecue.
Warm the Meat
When you take the meat directly from the fridge to the grill, it will take longer to cook perfectly. The secret to a tasty steak is warming it first. Warm your meat for at least 20-30 minutes at room temperature before cooking to soften the meat, and make it easy for heat to penetrate through while on the grill. It will only take a few minutes to cook, and it won’t be tough to eat.
Clean the Grill Grate
Cleaning the grill grate guarantees nonstick grilling, regardless of how often you grill. It’s possible that the grate still has some food remains on it. If you take fresh meat on the grate without cleaning, the results will be unsatisfactory. Take your time and clean your grate evenly with a grill brush. Scrub every part. Once its sparkling clean, use a paper towel to wipe oil on the grate evenly. Oil ensures that your meat won’t stick on the grate.
Season Your Meat
Liberally season your steak before cooking. Seasoning gives your meal a unique taste. With seasoning, you get an opportunity to create your tastes the way you want. Using salt and pepper, you are likely to give your food a unique flavor; however, most people don’t know how to season and get it tasty. The secret to a perfect taste is to use enough seasoning ingredients. It’s simple: whatever amount you think is enough to get that unique taste, double it for a magical meal from your backyard. Sprinkling enough salt on both sides of the meat helps retain water, making your meat juicy. Once it's slightly warm, sprinkle some salt on both sides, and let it dry for a few minutes.
Before getting it on the grate, use a paper towel to pat it dry, then season it again with salt. Lastly, when you get your meat on the grate, generously season again with salt to taste. The more the salt, the better the taste.
Additionally, as you add salt, don’t forget to include pepper on the steak. Pepper adds a unique spicy element and crunch to your steak. It also guarantees that regardless of your steak size, you still have the same taste from medium to large pieces.
Preheat Your Grill
The more time your steak spends on the grill, the tougher the meat gets. To avoid dealing with tough meat, preheat your grill evenly. The hotter the grill, the easier and quicker the outside meat will cook. This will minimize the chances of sticking, guaranteeing a slice of tasty meat. When your grill is hot, your meat will cook quickly and evenly, unlike when you place the meat on a cold grill.
Avoid Flame Grilling
While grilling, flames can be inevitable. If you want to get great results, prevent flames from spoiling your steak. Keep your eyes constantly on the steak and avoid using excess heat. For instance, if you are using a charcoal grill, build a fire point and keep your steak slightly away from the fire. Flames will prevent you from getting that perfect grilling experience. Instead, it will trick you by making the outside of the steak look better while the inward has yet to cook. When you avoid flames, your steak will evenly cook both inwardly and outwardly.
Don’t Cut to Check if the Meat is Done
Although the practice of cutting meat from time to time helps us to know when the steak is ready, it’s not the professional way to grill. Cutting your meat slows down cooking and exposes your steak to losing more moisture. Remember, you are looking for a slice of juicy and tasty meat, and the more moisture you preserve, the better results you get.
Let It Rest
Once you’re done grilling, let the meat rest for a few minutes before cutting and serving. This allows the moisture to settle, giving you a unique and personalized taste. Use the time to prepare dishes to accompany your steak after serving. You can serve your steak with vegetables, like broccoli or sweet potatoes, for an added taste and a balanced meal.
Whether you have ample space or not, you can still use our grilling tips and tricks and make your home the place to be during summer. Since grilling is a skill, the more times you do, the better your chances of mastering. If you manage to make the perfect grilled steak, invite your friends over and show them how to grill next summer.
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