Tim Salvesen works as the corporate controller and VP of Chicago-based GridLiance. In his free time, Tim Salvesen enjoys cooking steaks on the grill.
Whether you have been grilling for years or are planning your first barbecue, these three tips will help you to grill a stellar steak.
1. It Starts with the Meat – Famous chef and grill guru Bobby Flay’s very first tip when it comes to grilling steak is to befriend your local butcher, because a good steak starts with a good cut of meat. Similarly, Flay recommends springing for USDA Prime steaks or Certified Black Angus steaks.
2. Let it Sit – Instead of taking your steaks from the refrigerator to the grill, let them sit for 10 to 20 minutes to warm up a bit. Room temperature steaks cook quicker and take seasoning better. Food-borne illness is not a concern here, since you will be cooking the meat at a high enough temperature to kill any dangerous germs.
3. Use a Thermometer – How do you ensure you cook your steaks long enough when one person requests rare and another well-done? One way is to cut into the steak and visually inspect the center, but this lets out the juices in the meat and still is not entirely accurate. Instead, invest $10 in a meat thermometer so you will always know exactly when your steaks are cooked to perfection.