7 Tips to Grilling The Perfect Steaks
1. Let meat come to room temperature.Make sure your steaks are at room temperature before grilling. This will allow for even heat distribution. 20 minutes prior to grilling is ideal.
2. Know your grades of beef.There are three grades of beef readily available - USDA Prime, Choice and Select. Go for the best you can afford and is available.
Prime: The best grade... the juciest, tender and flavorful. However, you probably won't find this at your local market, though. Typically this is served only at the finest steakhouses.
Choice: This is a step below Prime. It has less marbling so make sure to choose a cut from the loin or rib to maximize tenderness. But still a wonderful choice of beef.
Select: You'll typically find Select meats at your local grocer. It has even less marbling than the other grades so may not be as juicy.
3. Look for marbling.The more marbling you see in a cut of meat, the juicier the steak will turn out. Marbling is the white streaks of fat you see in a steak. Remember, fat = flavor.
4. How long should I grill a steak for?Times vary based on thickness and if the steaks are bone in, but here are approximate cooking times for a 1" steak.
Boneless: 8 min for rare, 9 min for medium rare, 10 min for medium, 14 for well done; flipping once
Bone-In: 9-10 min for rare, 10-11 for medium rare, 12-13 for medium, 18-19 for well done; flipping once
5. How do I know it's done?A meat thermometer is your best friend while grilling. Based on how you like steaks cooked, this is what the internal temperature should be.
Rare: 130 F
Medium Rare: 135 F
Medium: 145 F
Medium Well: 150 F
Well Done: 160 F