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Grilling The Perfect Steak

Grilling the perfect steak is an art form. It takes practice and patience to
master it. If you follow these simple steps you will have no trouble
grilling a great steak. I am assuming that you already have the right cut of
meat and know how to season it (or not) to your liking.

1. Let your steak reach room temperature before grilling. Some people might
tell you that this isn't necessary, however I feel that this helps grill
your steak more evenly and faster.

2.Trim the steak of excess fat. Any strips of fat should be about 1/4" thick.
Also cut through the fat strip about every 1 1/2". When grilling, fat shrinks
faster than the meat and it can cause your steaks to curl.

3. Season. A light brushing of olive oil, maybe some fresh cracked pepper is
all you want. Seasoning is entirely up to you.

4. Preheat the grill. Hot as it will go for a gas grill. A single layer of
ashy white coals for a charcoal grill.

5. Oil the grate. An easy way to do this is to take a piece of trimmed fat,
hold it tightly in a pair of tongs and rub it on the hot grate.

6. Grill. Place each steak on the grill for one minute. Turn and grill on
the second side for an additional minute. Turn and rotate 45 degrees and
grill for half the remaining cooking time. Turn again. If you do this right
you will get a nice diamond pattern of grill marks.

7. Remove when done. I use the pressure test to check my steaks. When you are
getting close to having a done steak press it with your index finger or the
flat side of a grilling fork. A rare steak will be soft. A medium steak will
be firm but yielding. A well steak will be firm. Once you get the hang of
this trick you will be able to remove steaks from the grill at just the
right second.

8. Let the steaks rest for 2-3 minutes before serving. This will let the
juices flow out from the center so the whole steak is nice and juicy.

Grilling Times by Thickness (minutes):

Thickness Rare Medium Well Heat

1" 8-10 12-14 16-20 High
1 1/2" 10-14 16-20 22-26 High
2" 12-16 18-22 24-28 Medium

These times are total cooking times. Divide in half for each side. Times are
approximate and will vary depending on the type of grill, fuel, and weather
conditions.

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