Grilling the perfect steak is simultaneously the easiest and the most challenging thing you can do on a grill. One false move, a minute too long, and you’ve overcooked your steak. Overcooked steak is not only a disappointment for the person manning the grill; it’s disappointing for everyone at the table trying to gnaw through a scorched piece of shoe leather.
Knowing how to grill the perfect steak is all about knowing your grill, your cut of beef, and hitting the sweet spot with the temperature. That sweet spot is between 130° and 140°. We recommend using a Thermoworks Thermapens to check the internal temperature of your steak if you feel you need to.
140° Medium Rare
You may have noticed, we haven’t provided the temperature for medium or well-done steaks. If you want to over-cook a steak, that’s your choice, but we’re not going to help you do it. The world has enough people destroying perfectly good cuts of meat; don’t be one of them.
How To Grill The Perfect Steak
Prepping The Steak
Prepping steaks doesn’t need to be complicated. If you’ve stored the steaks in the refrigerator, you’ll want to get them to room temperature before placing them on the grill.
Once you’ve removed the steaks from the refrigerator, season with salt & pepper— the more, the better. You really can’t overdo it. As a general rule when applying salt to steak, when you think you’ve used enough, shake a little more. Apply a liberal amount of pepper, and let the steaks sit for a minimum of 30 minutes, bringing the steaks to room temperature.
Prepping The Grill
While the steaks are sitting, it’s time to get the grill up to temperature. When you want the perfect steak, with ideal sear marks, you need a hot grill. Fire that bad boy up to 450°.
Throw Them On The Grill
Grilling steaks doesn’t take long, so don’t get distracted. You’ll want to grill the steak 4 minutes per side. At the 2 minute mark, turn the steak 90° to give your steaks those beautiful cross-hatch sear marks.
Now flip the steak and repeat on the other side.
The Difference Between Good & Great Steak
When your steak is ready to be removed from the grill, slice two pats of butter per steak, place them on a cookie sheet. Now, place the steak on top of the butter.
Let rest for 5-10 minutes.
Congratulations! You just grilled the perfect steak.
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