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Masterchef’s 4-Step Method To Cooking The Perfect Steak
This is the best explanation I've ever heard.
Cheryl Knight
08.12.21

Grilling a great steak is an acquired skill, one that can take many years to perfect. If not cooked properly, a steak can come out dry and tough. Fortunately, YouTube and other Websites have given many chefs the advantage of learning from the experiences of others.

Here are some grilling steps to follow that will give you a great steak every time.

Step 1: Finding the best cuts of meat

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To start, you need to use a good cut of meat. The type of meat doesn’t matter so much, whether it’s ribeye, sirloin, or filet mignon. The best cut of meat is one that is between lean and fatty, with just enough fat to give the steak a great taste, but not too fatty.

Step 2: Setting up your grill

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One of the biggest parts of grilling the best steak is how you prepare your grill. It doesn’t matter if you use a wood, charcoal, or gas grill, as long as you can divide the cooking surface up into heat zones. For a wood grill, simply place the wood at the back of the grill, creating a hot zone in the back and cooler zones as you move toward the front of the grill.

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The same can be done with a charcoal grill with one side having most of the coals while the other has few to no colas. For a gas grill turn the burners on high to medium-high on one side and keep the burners on the other side either off or on low.

Step 3: Preparing the steak

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Next, you want to prepare your meat for cooking. Allow it to come to room temperature and rub a tiny bit of olive oil into both sides of the steak. Then, just before placing the steak on the grill rub salt and pepper on both sides of the steak.

It is important to wait until you are ready to cook the steak before applying the salt. This is because if you allow the salt to sit on the surface of the steak for too long, the salt will draw the moisture out of the meat. So, wait until you are ready to put the steak on the grill before applying the salt and pepper.

Step 4: Searing the steak

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Next, you want to sear both sides of the steak. Placing the steak on the hottest zone of the grill cook it for two to three minutes, or until sear marks appear on your steak. Flip the steak over and reposition it to a new area on the hot zone of the grill, cooking for another two to three minutes.

Once the steak has been seared, place it on a cooler part of the grill for cooking to the desired level of doneness. This is also a good time to baste the outside of the steak with butter or another type of basting sauce.

Step 5: Cooking the steak

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How done you want the steak determines which heat zone to move the meat to. For rare steak, you want to cook the meat quickly, so place it in a hotter zone. For medium-done steak move the meat to a slightly cooler zone. For a well-done steak, move the steak to the coolest zone.

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Using a meat thermometer, check the internal temperature of the steak. Rare steak is done at 125 degrees, Medium rare steak is done at 135 degrees, medium at 145 degrees, medium well at 150 degrees, and well done at 160 degrees.

Step 6: Allowing the steak to rest

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You should remove the steak from the heat when it is five degrees lower than the desired temperature. This is because the temperature in the meat will continue to rise even after you remove it from the grill. Allow the steak to rest for five minutes before serving.

For more on how to grill a perfect steak, watch the video below.

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Source: OPTFOOD

H/T: YouTube – OPTFOOD, Food Network, ChefSteps, Certified Angus Beef

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By Cheryl Knight
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Cheryl Knight is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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