How to Barbecue Steak

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5 Steps For Ensuring A Perfectly Barbecued Steak

Anyone can barbecue a steak, but it takes special skills to barbecue a steak to perfection. Here are 5 incredibly helpful tips on how to barbecue the best steak you will ever have.

How to ensure a perfectly Barbequed Steak

Perfect Barbecued Steak – every time !

 

Don’t forget to pre-heat

It may seem like a very obvious step, but it is amazing how many people choose not to pre-heat the barbecue. This is especially true for those who have a state-of-the-art barbecue that can fire up in seconds. Pre-heating is crucial for ensuring that a steak is cooked properly and evenly, no matter what type of barbecue you are using. Preheat the barbecue to a medium-high temperature so that the steak does not get charred as soon as you place it on the barbecue. Pre-heating to a higher temperature will make it very difficult to cook a steak rarer than medium.

Oil the steak, not the barbecue

Once the barbecue is pre-heated, it is time to apply a coating of oil so that the steaks do not stick to the grill or flat-plate. A common error at this stage is to apply the oil directly onto the barbecue grill; the oil should be applied to the steak, not the barbecue. Any oil applied directly to the barbecue grill or flat-plate will burn and also increases the risk of flare-ups. If nothing, brushing oil on the barbecue is guaranteed to create a lot of smoke; something that you can do without.

Season at the last minute

While it may seem convenient to season the steaks and leave them to be barbecued later, it is far from a good practice. The salt used to season the steak absorbs the juices within it. That means if a steak is kept aside for too long after seasoning, the steak will be very dry once it has been barbecued. As any culinary enthusiast can tell you, there is nothing worse than a steak that is not juicy. Season the steak at the very last moment, right before you are about to place it on the barbecue.

Use the right equipment

Barbecuing a steak isn’t just cooking, it is an art form. An artist cannot paint unless he has the right set of brushes. Similarly, you cannot barbecue a steak properly unless you have the right tools at your disposal. Ever tried to flip a steak using a spatula? Not the easiest thing in the world, is it? Use long-handled tongs to move the steak around the barbecue and flip it. Ideally, you want to flip the steak no more than once. Also, have a digital meat thermometer on hand to ensure that the steak is properly cooked from within.

Let the foil do its magic

Once the steak is ready to come off the grill, put it on a plate and cover the plate using a foil. Heat builds up within the foil, pushing all the juices within the steak to the centre. After letting it rest for 5-10 minutes, remove the foil. As soon as you remove the foil, the cooling effect causes the juice within the steak to disperse, thus ensuring that the steak is evenly juicy and tender.

Follow these 5 simple tips and you will find yourself barbecuing the best steaks in the neighbourhood, much to the envy of your neighbours.

Luke Casey is a social worker who volunteers in war-torn countries 8 months each year. He lives alone and prefers easy to follow recipes he can quickly whip up in his apartment.