Steak on the grill

Best steak grilling recipe
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How to grill the perfect steak.

Are you looking for the best steak grilling recipe?  We have scoured the internet and come up with the top 5 tips to grill a steak and a no-fail recipe, just in time for Easter, Mother's Day and Father's Day. 

Many people ask what choice of cut is best when it comes to grilling a steak, but the truth is that if the steak is tenderized and marinated correctly, the choice of cut is not as important as you would think. 

1)  Tenderize

Lay the steak on a flat surface like a cutting board, and pound it with a tenderizing mallet.  If you don't have a mallet, score the meat with a knife diagonally, about an inch apart, in both directions so you end up with a crisscrossed diamond pattern.   Make sure you score all the way to the edges.   Do this on both sides of the steak.

2)  Marinade

To get the best flavor and texture from your steak, you should start with a great marinade.  

Here is our recommendation for a never fail, easy to mix marinade recipe:

1/3 Cup soy sauce

1/4 Cup olive oil

1/4 Cup lemon juice

1 tsp minced garlic

1 tsp fresh ground pepper (black or white)

1 tsp oregano or basil

Mix all the ingredients together and either pour the mixture in a large plastic freezer bag and add the steaks.   Seal the bag and turn it over and over in order to thoroughly cover the steaks with the marinade.  Place the entire bag in shallow dish in the refrigerator and allow the steaks to soak for 3 to 8 hours. 

3)  Bring to room temperature

When you're ready to start the grill, take the steaks out of the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature.  This should take no more than 20 minutes and will not pose a health risk if you keep the time brief and follow the heating directions below.  Steaks at room temperature cook easier and also absorb seasoning better than those straight out of the refrigerator.

4) Grill

There are many types of grills to choose from and everyone has their favorites.  The latest trend and one that we highly recommend is an infrared grill.  Credit: Image: Stuart Miles / Infrared grills are gas grills that are specially insulated to hold in the heat and create a uniform cooking environment.    They have longed been used in commercial settings, but have just recently been offered in smaller units for the serious outdoor home cook.  The result of the infrared heating method is an evenly cooked meat with no hot and cold spots that charcoal and regular gas grills can more easily produce.  Infrared grills also cook faster than conventional grills and quickly seal the outer layer of the cut, keeping the inside moist and flavorful.   Because an infrared grill relies on the insulated design to create a high heat environment, it is important to keep these types of grills closed as much as possible while cooking.

Preheat your grill and add your steaks.  Sear the steaks on both sides for about one minute each.  Turn the heat to medium and if you're using an infrared grill, close the lid.  Here's the hard part.  Leave it alone.  The best way to grill a steak is to turn it only once.  This allows the juices to pool , soak in and keep the cut moist.    The time needed to cook the steak on each side  depends on the thickness and the desired degree of "doneness".  Most steaks cook well within four to nine minutes per side. 

5)  Remove and let sit

Take the steaks off of the grill just before they reach the desired level of cooking and place them on a dish.  Let the meat sit for five to ten minutes before serving.  This will actually allow the juices to soak into the muscle and the trapped heat to finish cooking the steak. 

Resist the temptation to smother your steak with too many spices or extras.  A properly prepared and grilled choice of meat with offer it's own flavor that will keep you guests wondering what your secrets are.  [2663][2664]