Summer is the time to have a few friends over and grill a bunch of steaks. In fact, backyard barbecues in the summer is almost as American as apple pie. Of course, this is the perfect opportunity to flaunt your grilling chops (pun intended) to your family and friends. That is, if you’ve got chops to flaunt.
Grilling a steak bordering on divine perfection can be difficult, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Your grilling technique plays a large role on the outcome of your steaks. With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you grill your way into the hearts (and stomachs) of everyone you cook for:
Marinate the Steaks
Marinating your steaks helps tenderize the meat and adds a punch of flavor deep within its layers—if given enough time. A good rule of thumb would be to marinate your steaks (or any type of meat for that matter) at least 24 hours before you plan to grill it.
Low Heat vs High Heat
High heat allows you to cook faster and helps seal in the juice. Low heat preserves the tenderness of the meat and gives it a fresh-off-the-grill, smoky taste.
There is no real right or wrong choice, but your choice does affect the way you cook the meat. You can decide to take the middle ground and purchase one of the modern BBQ smokers in Greenville, SC. These machines make use of high heat, but are designed to circulate heat in such a way that it mimics the effects of low-heat grilling. Many pros opt to use this method.
Keep It Still
Grilling experts say that once you place the steak on the grill, you should leave it alone. An article from Grilling Companion Magazine explains further:
“It is very tempting to keep flipping the steak. However, when meat is cooking over a direct heat source like on your hot grill, the juices get pushed through the meat away from the heat source. To grill a juicy steak, you want to disrupt the juices as little as possible, so that means flipping the steaks as little as possible. After a total of around 5 minutes on the first side, flip the steaks over using your tongs (never pierce the steaks with a fork!).”
By following the tips above, you can surely grill some of the best steaks your family and friends have ever tasted. Before inviting people over, though, make sure that you’re well-prepared to grill for several guests. Take the time to stop by a Greenville, SC BBQ grills and accessories supplier like Buchanan Fire & Outdoor to purchase everything you need before the big day.
(Source: Grilling Steak, Step By Step; Grilling Companion Magazine)Posted by: