How to cook the perfect BBQ steak

How to cook the perfect BBQ steak

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Meat lovers everywhere rejoice at the idea of a perfectly cooked steak so we’ve put together a few handy tips to help you get the most from your meat.

1. Buy the best quality meat you can afford. Choose good quality meat and always go for fresh meat over frozen. There’s lots of different cuts to choose from, but the most popular for the BBQ include T-bone, porterhouse, fillet, scotch fillet, sirloin, rump, rib and ribeye steaks. Choose a cut with a little bit of fat, as the fat helps with moisture and flavour.

2. Don’t grill cold steak straight from the fridge. At least 20 minutes before cooking, remove your meat from the fridge and allow it to come to room temperature. This will avoid a dry, tough result.

3. Seasoning. Before putting the steak on the hot grill, brush it lightly on both sides with vegetable or olive oil, then season with a little salt and pepper. If you want to get fancy, you can use other spices or a marinade for extra zing.

4. Wait until the barbecue grill heats up before cooking. This ensures a better sear and a crisp surface crust once you place your steak on the grill. A steak with a better sear locks in more flavour while it cooks. Ideally, you need two areas or sides on your barbeque; one for high heat and one for low heat. Preheat these grill areas, and make sure that the high heat side has enough time to reach the correct temperature.

5. Use tongs to lift and flip the steak. Using forks can cause the precious meat juices to escape, which is a big no-no if you want your steak tender and juicy.

6. Use an instant read thermometer to check the doneness of the meat. Invest in a quality digital thermometer as this provides the most accurate way of determining the degree of doneness of a steak.

7. Allow the cooked steak to rest before serving or slicing. This step is crucial regardless of how you cook your steak. Allowing the meat to rest is important for the proteins to relax and the juices to re-distribute through the meat. This results in a more tender, juicy steak.

Now you’ve got some handy tips, you need the actual steps to cook a succulent, delicious, BBQ steak.

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Basic steps to grilling steak on the BBQ

  1. Prepare your grill. Brush the grill area with a little amount of vegetable oil before cooking. Heat the grill to high.

  2. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush both sides of the steak with a little oil. Season with salt and pepper or anything else you like.

  3. Place the steak on the hot surface of the grill, at a 45 degree angle to the grill bars. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes.

  4. Rotate the steak through 90 degrees without turning it. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes. This will create a nice, crisscross pattern of grill marks on the steak.

  5. Use tongs to flip the steak. Repeat the process with the other side of the steak.

  6. Move the steak to the cooler part of the grill. Allow to sit for 4 to 5 minutes on each side.

  7. Once it reaches the desired doneness, remove the steak from the grill and transfer to a plate, covered loosely with foil. Allow to rest for 8 to 10 minutes.

  8. Serve with baked potato or any sides of your choice.

To check the desired doneness of the steak, you can always rely on a meat thermometer.

For rare, the temperature should read more or less 52°C; medium/rare, 57°C; medium, 63°C; medium/well done, 68°C; well done, 76°C.

So that’s it! Keep practising and soon you will find it easy to create a mouthwatering, succulent BBQ steak to impress even the harshest of critics.