How To Grill The Perfect Steak?

There is nothing quite such a perfectly grilled steak. The smoky flavor and juicy texture are hard to beat. But grilling steak can be tricky – it can easily become overdone or dry.

In this blog, we will share some tips on how to grill the perfect steak every time. So fire up your grill, and let’s get started!

The Science Of Grilling!

The perfect grilled steak starts with good ingredients and a hot grill. But there is also a bit of science involved in the process. When you grill steak, the heat from the grill causes a chemical reaction in the meat.

The proteins in the steak begin to break down, and the fat starts to melt. This is what gives grilled steak its characteristic flavor and texture.

The key to grilling the faithful steak is to cook it long enough to get the desired effect, but not so long that it becomes tough or burnt. This can be tricky, especially if you are grilling for a large group.

But don’t worry; we have some tricks that will help you make the perfect steak every time. You can learn more about grilling here.

Types Of Steaks And How To Grill Them?

There are many different types of steak, and each one has its own unique flavor and texture. The kind of steak you choose will also determine how you should grill it.

Here are some of the most popular types of steak and our recommended grilling method:

1. Filet Mignon:

This is a lean cut of steak that is very tender. It is best cooked using the indirect grilling method (more on this below).

How to grill?

  • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  • Place the steaks on the grill, and twist for about 8 minutes per side.
  • Remove from grill and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

2. Ribeye:

This is a fatty cut of steak that is full of flavor. In general, the fattier the steak, the better it is for grilling. Ribeye steaks are best cooked using the direct grilling method.

How to grill?

  • First, preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  • Next, brush the steaks with some olive oil or steak sauce.
  • Then, place the steaks on the grill and cook for about 8 minutes per side.
  • Finally, remove from grill and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

3. Porterhouse:

This is a large steak that contains both the tenderloin and the strip steak. It can be grilled using either the direct or indirect grilling method.

How to grill?

  • You will shortage to preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  • If you are using the direct grilling method, cook the steak for about 8 minutes per side.
  • If you are using the indirect grilling method, cook the steak for about 10 minutes per side.
  • Finally, remove from grill and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

4. Strip Steak:

This is a leaner cut of steak. On its own, it can be a bit tough. But when it is cooked with the fat from a Ribeye or Porterhouse steak, it can be very tender.

How to grill?

  • The strip steak can be grilled using either the direct or indirect grilling method.
  • Now, preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  • You will also want to brush the steak with some olive oil or steak sauce.
  • Then, place the steak on the grill and cook
  • Steal the steak from the grill and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Marinades and Rubs for Steaks!

One of the finest ways to add flavor to your steak is to use a marinade or rub. A marinade is a liquid that you can soak your steak in for a few hours before grilling.

This will favor to tenderize the meat and add flavor. A rub is a dry mixture that you can apply to the steak before grilling. Rubs are usually made with spices and herbs.

Here are some of our favorite marinades and rubs for steaks:

1. Teriyaki Marinade:

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

1 clove garlic, minced

1 teaspoon ground ginger

Instructions:

  • Barely combine all of the ingredients in a bowl or zip-lock bag.
  • Add the steak to the marinade, and make sure that it is coated evenly.
  • Let it settle for at least 1 hour, but no more than 24 hours.
  • As needed, cook the steak on the grill.

2. Barbecue Rub:

1 tablespoon paprika

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions:

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl or zip-lock bag.
  • Rub the steak with the spice mixture and make sure it’s evenly coated.
  • Allow for at least 30 minutes, but no more than 1 hour, before serving.
  • Grill the steak as desired.

Sauces for Grilled Steaks!

Grilled beef tenderloin steak on a white platter is served with demiglas sauce

Another great way to add flavor to your steak is to use a sauce. There are many different types of sauces that you can use, and you can even make your own. Some of our favorites include:

1. Barbecue Sauce:

1 cup ketchup

1/4 cup vinegar

3 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon mustard powder

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • Simply combine all ingredients in an average saucepan over medium heat.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, and then reduce the heat to low and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  • Serve with grilled steak.

2. Aioli:

1 egg yolk

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1/4 teaspoon salt

Dash of cayenne pepper

1/2 cup olive oil

Instructions:

  • Combine the egg yolk, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and cayenne pepper in a food processor or blender.
  • Gradually add the olive oil whilst the processor is running.
  • Continue to process until the mixture is thick and creamy.
  • Serve with grilled steak.

3. Herb Butter:

1/2 cup (1 stick) non-salted butter, at room temperature

2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

1 clove garlic, minced

Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • Mix all of the components in a bowl. Stir until completely combined.
  • Serve with grilled steak.

Tips for Grilling the Perfect Steak!

Grilling steak is not as difficult as you might think. Just follow these 7 simple tips, and you’ll be on your way to grilling the perfect steak every time!

1. Use A Good Quality Steak.

This may seem such an obvious one, but it’s important to use a steak that is of good quality. This means that it should be a nice, thick cut of steak. Avoid thinner cuts of steak as they will tend to dry out and become tough.

2. Get The Grill Nice And Hot.

You’ll want to preheat your grill to a high heat before you add the steak. This will help to sear the steak and give it a nice crust.

3. Don’t Overcook The Steak.

One of the most usual omission people make when grilling steak is that they overcook it. Steak should be cooked to an inside temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit for medium-rare or 160 degrees Fahrenheit for medium.

Anything more than that will outcome in a dry, tough steak.

4. Let The Steak Rest.

After you remove the steak from the grill, it’s important to let it rest for a few minutes. This will allow the juices to redistribute the steak.

5. Use A Meat Thermometer.

A meat thermometer is the best way to ensure that your steak is cooked to the perfect temperature.

6. Don’t Forget The Seasoning.

Make sure to season your steak with salt and pepper before grilling. You can also add other spices or rubs if desired.

7. Be Careful When Flipping The Steak.

You’ll want to be alert when flipping the steak so that you don’t lose all of the juices. Use tongs to flip the steak rather than a spatula.

With these tips, you’ll be on your way to grilling the perfect steak every time! So fire up that grill and grow cooking!

Conclusion

Grilling a steak is an art form, and it can be easy to screw it up if you’re not careful. With the right tools, though, you can grill the perfect steak every time. We’ve put together some tips to favor you make your steaks look and taste amazing.

Follow these tips, and you’ll be grilling like a pro in no time! Are you preparing to impress your friends and family with your mad grilling skills? Let’s get started!

John Rinder