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Steak Grilling Tips from Chef Jay

March 21, 2019

It’s Spring time!  Let’s break out those grills and fire them up!  First off, I know you can cook good steaks on a gas grill, and I know there are tricks, but have you ever been camping and cooked a steak right over a hard wood fire?  There is no comparison.  Let me offer a few suggestions:

1. Use lump charcoal instead of briquettes.  It gets ready to cook on much faster and burns at a higher temperature as well.

2. Use wood on top of your coals.  I buy bags of hickory, apple, and mesquite chunks and cut them down into smaller thumb sized pieces.  When the coals are ready to cook on, I put the wood on top, let them catch fire, and put my meat right over top of the fire.  Another tip is to take a hair dryer and blow directly on the coals - you will notice when you turn it off the fire will flare up.  Use this to your advantage and turn the hair dryer on and off to keep the fire blazing hot.  This way you can get a nice char on the outside and still be rare or medium rare on the inside.

3. Instead of buying a steak for each person, buy a few big fat steaks.  Cook them whole and then carve them for serving.  I think you will find you get a better, more impressive end product.

4. Please note that with this next tip, your steak goes in this AFTER it’s been grilled.  Before you put your steak on the fire get out a baking dish large enough to hold your steaks.  Chop a blend of garlic and fresh herbs, such as rosemary, sage, peppercorns, and thyme (from your herb garden).  Add olive oil and balsamic vinegar to cover the bottom of the dish.  When you pull your steak off the grill, put it in this dish and coat both sides.  Let your steak rest in this marinade for several minutes, flipping half way through.  It will soak into the crust of your steak and make it explode with flavor.   Just like when you cook a turkey, this resting period allows the juices to reabsorb into the meat so they don’t bleed out when you carve it, keeping it moist.  Serve the remaining marinade with bread for dipping.

My favorite steak without question RIBEYE!  My wine paring red zinfandel (try Rombauer) or a big cabernet.

Chef Jay Snider

Pictures from Kingsford.com

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Barry Vogelmeier, 4/4/2019 8:24:28 PM EST   55555

Bob Cook, 3/29/2019 3:41:14 PM EST   55555
Thanks Jay! I'm getting Hungry!! 

Anonymous, 3/22/2019 5:08:16 PM EST   55555

Janice Kunkemoeller, 3/21/2019 10:47:16 PM EST   55555

Becky S, 3/21/2019 12:41:29 PM EST   55555
I really like the very last tip on marinating after the steak comes off the grill. Who knew!?!?! ;)