Everyone craves that savory quintessential steak that is the perfect combination of juicy flavor and rich tenderness, but not everyone knows how to grill the perfect steak. If you’re someone whose grilled steak recipe attempts have failed at the summer barbecue or if you’re someone who usually goes out to eat to save the trouble of trying to grill that 5-star steak at home, then perhaps it is time to master the seemingly impossible task of grilling that perfect steak.
In this blog post we will be covering the various cuts of steak one can use on the grill, how to grill the perfect steak on a gas grill, and additional tips that will help you achieve your goal of being a steak-cooking legend.
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The Best Steak to Grill on Gas Grills
Because there are many different cuts and qualities of steak to choose from, you may be wondering where to begin your search for a steak that will sweep your taste buds away. It all starts with choosing the best meat for gas grilling.
When it comes to selecting the tastiest of steaks, the highest quality is the prime grade steak. This meat is pricey, and you might not be able to find it in a grocery store. Therefore, the more affordable option is to select a choice grade steak. Of the choice grades, rib-eye, porterhouse, and filet cuts are the most popular options. You can also visit your local butcher for advice on which selection of steak best fits your desired taste, texture, and budget.
Popular Steak Cuts
There are two types of cuts one can choose from: thick and thin cuts. Regardless of which option you choose, look for a cut that has a lot of marbling, as fattier pieces maintain moisture, creating a tender, juicy steak. Thick cut steaks are often sold exclusively by butchers. Rib-eye, top sirloin, and t-bone steaks are a few types of thickly cut steaks that you can select.
Top sirloin, in particular, is easy to prepare, with a flavor that is high in quality. Thin cut steaks include flank, hanger, and skirt steaks. These options, while not as extravagant as the thick cut steaks, tend to be more affordable and available in your local supermarket.
How to Grill The Perfect Steak on a Gas Grill
To make the most of your steak, it is recommended that you salt and/or marinate your steak for at least 1-2 hours prior to grilling. Salt is a key ingredient for making sure the meat retains its juicy flavors as it grills. Be sure to let your steak sit at room temperature for 20 minutes to 1 hour before grilling so that they are not cold upon cooking. Rub both sides of your steak with an oil that has a high smoke point, such as canola or vegetable oil.
For a thin cut steak, place the meat directly onto a grill that has been preheated to high and flip approximately every minute until cooked to the desired temperature (listed below). If your steak is more than an inch and a half thick, you will want to grill it covered and on a cooler area of the grill, so as to have an evenly cooked steak. After 15 minutes, check the temperature and continue to do so every 5 minutes until it reaches 10 or so degrees below its final temperature. Finish cooking this perfect steak by placing it on direct heat, uncovered, for a slightly-charred sear.
Perfect Steak Grilling Temperatures
You will want to check the grill temp for the steak to be cooked to perfection. The best temp to grill the perfect steak varies depending on the cut and how you like your steak to be cooked. Use a reliable thermometer to test the middle of the steak for its temperature. If you like rare steak, aim for an internal temperature of 120°F.
For medium rare, you will want a core temperature of 120-125°F. Medium steaks should be cooked to approximately 125-130°F, medium well, 140-145°F, and well-done steaks should reach a temperature of at least 150°F. Once the desired temperature is reached, remove from the grill and allow your steak to sit for 5 to 8 minutes before eating.
Grilling Steak Tips on a Gas Grill
1. Make sure your grill is clean before grilling. Use a good brush and some cooking oil to scrape off any old pieces of charred food. This will greatly improve the flavor of your perfect steak.
2. When heating up the grill, you will know the temperature is just right if the steak crackles when it is placed on it. If the grill does not sizzle, it is not hot enough.
3. If your steak of choice is too thinly cut to use an internal thermometer, you may have to use a timer to estimate whether or not the steak is cooked to your liking.
Grilling a quintessential steak on a gas grill does not have to be a daunting feat. Now that you have the knowledge to grill your perfect steak, it’s time to get out there, put your knowledge to the test, and make your ideal steak a reality!