Secret to cooking a good steak?

United States
March 19, 2007 7:17pm CST
We just had steak for dinner and it was just 'ok'. I don't ever seem to care for steak that we grill at home and I don't seem to know what the problem is. Any suggestions?
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@pirtlems (245)
• United States
20 Mar 07
cooking a steak on the grill starts with buying good steak. you cannot grill a GOOD steak using cheap or average piece of meat. buy fresh steak that is very good quality from a meat market not from the grocery will be more expensive but well worth it. my favorite is butterfly sirloin. season it or manarate it the way you like or not all.with the grill on high sear it 2to3 minutes per side. reduce heat to medium or lo (i use low) and grill 3or4 more minutes per side , depending how you like it,rare- medium- or well. please let me know how it turnes out. prviate message is ok.
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@GuateMom (1411)
• Canada
20 Mar 07
For the perfect steak, you need to make sure you have the right cut of meat. It should be well-marbled (lots of white lines running through it), since this makes the meat juicy. It ought to be maximum 1 - 1.5" thick and make sure you trim the outside fat to about a quarter of an inch. To start grilling, you want the grill so hot that you can only hold your hand over it for 2-3 seconds. That will cook the outside of the meat quickly and seal in the moisture and flavor. Then lower the temperature (you can hold your hand over it for about 6 seconds) and let the meat finish cooking. Flip the steak when you see little beads of blood starting to emerge. It should take about 5 minutes per side to cook a 1" steak. When flipping, avoid stabbing the meat since this will let all the juice run out. Also, seasoning should be kept fairly simple to begin with, just salt and pepper or a bit of garlic powder. Oh, and the most important step . . . let the meat rest for about 5 minutes after it is done cooking. That lets the juice spread throughout the meat for better flavor. Hope this helps.
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@matlgal (1687)
• United States
21 Mar 07
We have some friends and he is the BBQ king. That guy could cook 12 steaks and have each one of them done to perfection be it rare, medium or well done and they would all melt in your mouth. He is incredible. But at any rate to hear him tell it. #1. Buy prime or choice cuts of meat. Top Sirloin is NOT a good cut, neither is London Broil unless you marinate the heck out of it, at least overnight. #2. Let meat come to room temp. Before you put on the grill. #3. Season only with Salt and Garlic Pepper, do not use alot of tenderizers and such. #4. Grill must be reall really hot. You want to sear the meat so that the juices stay in it and it doesn't get dry or tough. #5 Turn only once they say. Depending on the thickness of the steak it should take no more than 5 mins per side, and that's Med. Well I would think. #6 Let meat stand for 5 mins once it comes off the grill so that the jices redistribute. If you cut it right away the juices flow out and it becomes tough. (So says Rachael Ray on Food Network)??? That should help you. Good Grilling :)