I may be jumping the gun just a tad, especially in the frozen north, but I feel like summer's right around the corner. And with the warmer weather comes the natural inclination to grill animals over fire, specifically a nice, thick, juicy steak.
Step #1 Choose the Right Meat
This is by far the most important step. Grilling the perfect steak starts with the right Beef. Even the greatest chefs can’t turn dog food into delicacy. When choosing your steak, use the USDA ratings:
Select: If you're trying to impress then stay away from this. Select meats typically make for better roasts as they are the lowest quality.
Choice: Getting closer now. Choice meats are the typical selection for grilling. Here, you'll find a good marbling and higher quality.
Prime: Ahh. Now we're talking. If you can swing it, go for Prime. This is the top 2% of meats and will lend itself to the best outcome in grilling.
And now, on to the cut of meat:
Filet: While this is the most tender of all the cuts it will have less flavor due to the lower fat content.
Ribeye: On the opposite spectrum-tons of flavor but that's because there's tons of fat.
NY Strip: Right in between the Filet and the Ribeye. A good mix of tenderness and flavor.
T-Bone / Porterhouse: A step up from the Strip is going to be here. The bone will add flavor while including the tenderness of the Filet on the smaller side of the cut. What's the difference between the house and the T-bone? About an inch. The Porterhouse is going to be about an inch thicker than the T-Bone.
Step #2 Prep the meat
About 20 minutes before grilling, remove the steaks from the refrigerator and brush on both sides with oil and season liberally with salt and pepper.
Let sit, covered, at room temperature.
Heat your grill to high. Brush the steaks on both sides with oil and season liberally with salt and pepper.
Step #3 Cook the steaks
Place the steaks on the grill and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
Turn the steaks over and continue to grill 3 to 5 minutes for medium-rare (5 to 7 minutes for medium or 8 to 10 minutes for medium-well)
Step #4 Rest and prep the steaks
Transfer the steaks to a cutting board or platter, tent loosely with foil and let rest 5 minutes before slicing.
Find the grain of the steak and slice across the grain
Plate and enjoy