Friday, July 28, 2017

How to Grill the Perfect Steaks - Beginner Tips Reviewed

Learning to Grill the Perfect Steaks

Easy Instructions:  How to Grill the Perfect Steak
I decided to learn how to grill steaks myself after reading so many great recipes and ideas for the grill written by my fellow online writers. 

In our family, it has always been the man's job to cook out.  Previously, I just accepted the gift gratefully and I was content to defer to my dad, one of my brothers, or to my husband's expertise on the grill.  However, with visions of kebabs and grilled pound cake, I was inspired to learn how to use the grill. 

I photographed all of my husband's steps to preparing the grill and preparing the food.  Now I will be ready to grill our next steaks.   I am willing to share my new knowledge.  Perhaps, this article will help you get started too.  

So, let's have some fun!

Choose your Steaks Carefully

Although they were expensive, we chose to cook 4 USDA Choice Rib Eye Steaks.  They weighted 3.82 lbs total weight.  They were purchased the same day we cooked them and they were never frozen.  In this photo, they have already been seasoned and are ready to grill, but I have included our steak preparation instructions below

Selecting the Right Steaks to Grill


What You Need to Cook the Best Steaks You will Ever Eat!

In our family, grilling steaks was always man's work. 
After decades of relying on my father, brothers and husband,
I decided to learn how to grill steaks to perfection myself. 
Let me show you how!

    Grilling Supplies for Great Steaks
  • A Grill
  • Charcoal
  • Chimney Grill Starter
  • A Sheet of Newspaper
  • A Match or Lighter
  • Food ~ We chose 4 Rib Eye Steaks ~ Total weight: 3.82 lbs.
  • Seasonings ~ We only use salt, pepper and olive oil lightly rubbed on steaks 

Setting up the Grill

Slide Through the Photos using the Arrows at the Bottom of thia Google Slides Frame

  • Start with a clean grill
  • Stuff a sheet of newspaper in the bottom
    of your chimney grill starter
  • Turn over starter and fill the chimney grill starter with Charcoal
  • Light the paper at the base of the chimney grill starter with a match or long lighter
  • Wait for charcoal to get ready. It will be mostly gray. This takes approx.
    35 - 45 min.
  • When the charcoal is ready, use a pot holder on the handle of your chimney grill starter and dump the charcoal into the grill.
  • Carefully place the grill rack in place over the hot charcoal on the lowest level closest to the charcoal.
The grill we used is named Maude.  She is my dad's grill and she is over 30 years old - Her handles are gone and her paint is worn, but she still cooks! 

Using a Chimney Grill Starter

  The Chimney Grill Starter is a lot safer than flicking a lit match at lighter fluid doused charcoal.
Food tastes better without the use of lighter fluid too!


Preparing Your Steaks to Grill

If you do it our way, it is really easy and absolutely delicious!  Do not poke or pierce the steak with a fork, knife or any utensil at any point in the preparation or cooking process.  This will allow the meat to retain all of it's flavor and juices.
    How to Grill the Perfect Steak
  • Rub Olive Oil lightly on both sides of each steak
  • Salt and Pepper both sides of each steak
  • Place seasoned steaks on the grill rack
  • Cover grill and steaks for 9 minutes
  • Turn steaks ~ ONLY ONCE
  • Cover grill again and cook an additional 7 minutes for medium or 12 minutes for medium well.
  • Remove steaks from the grill and wrap in aluminum foil.  Allow to rest in the aluminum foil for 5 minutes before you eat.

Step by Step Photos of the Grilling Process

grilling steaks processTurn Steaks Only ONCE
cooking steaks on the grill Cover grill again and cook an additional 9 minutes for medium rare or 12 minutes for medium well.
grilled steaks Remove steaks from the grill and wrap in aluminum foil. Allow to set for 5 minutes before you eat.

How to Grill the Perfect Steak - Step by Step Instructions for Beginners
This is my cut steak. I like mine cooked medium well.
I thought you might like to see the inside color of one of
our finished steaks.
This one grilled for a total of 21 minutes.

Now, Isn't that easy!  These steaks are quite delicious too.  They are best you will ever taste anywhere.


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How to Grill the Perfect Steaks - Beginner Tips Reviewed Written by:
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  1. Those look delicious. I'm afraid we haven't grilled anything in years -- mostly because my Hubby doesn't do it anymore and I've never learned how. Maybe with this help I'll attempt it one of these days. Your instructions are very clear. Those photos make me very hungry -- even though it's way past my bedtime.

  2. Nothing tastes better than meat grilled on a charcoal grill. Even though gas grills are quicker, the charcoal flavor is the best! I'd eat one of those steaks right now for breakfast -- that's how much I love steak! BTW, mine need to be medium RARE, thank you very much. :)

  3. Okay it's breakfast time here and I want steak and eggs! I haven't BBQ'd anything over charcoal in a long time. I was spoiled by our gas grill. Now, I don't have either charcoal or gas! I guess I will be looking at a Hibachi grill if I want BBQ'd steaks, our apartment isn't the greatest place for grilling anything.....:( You did manage to make me wish for BBQ'd steaks first thing this morning Cynthia. Thanks for this great tutorial.

  4. I grill most every night when the weather is agreeable. I do use a gas grill though, mainly for convenience. My grill is on the deck just outside our kitchen door. Good luck on your grilling. I especially like grilled veggies.

  5. Your steaks look so good and the step-by-step photos are great! We've used a gas grill for years and I know we're missing out on delicious charcoal flavor, but I guess the simplicity of the grill has won out, at least for the time being. My kids traded their gas grill for charcoal and they swear by it too, though, so I may need to have a serious discussion with my husband, who also is our grillmaster. :) Thanks so much for mentioning my shish-kebab recipe in your very helpful review!

  6. YUM! I grill my steaks in a similar manner. I try to find Delmonico steaks but otherwise, I use the same steps. In the wintertime, I broil them. Wow... now I'm hungry for steaks! Thank you for including the link to my new grill/smoker. I appreciate it.

  7. Am craving steaks now. Actually we had some last week; not something we eat often, but they're nice as a treat once in a while. Your grilling tips are excellent. Hubby has a new bbq thanks to the kids birthday gift for him, and it cooks amazingly. So much better than the old grill. It heats up to a super high temperature and that makes such a difference when you bbq.

  8. Excellent!!! There is nothing I like better than a Rib Eye steak grilled on charcoal. Looks like you're the new grill master in town. Great job Cynthia :)


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