We cook a steak in celebration or just because it is a Wednesday! We love steak in our household and a steak grilled to “just past rare” is considered perfect. Arturo has honed his steak grilling skills and we want to share some tips on how to grill your own perfectly grilled steak.
Like I said, we cook a steak in celebration or just because it sounds good. We love a good ribeye. However, a KC Strip, a nice Sirloin or a Filet are all considered lean cuts of beef. When I run long distances I crave a good piece of beef, so usually after a long training run or a race, I like to refuel with a steak.
Arturo’s Tips on How to Grill a Perfect Steak
- Take the steak out of the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes prior to grilling.
- Select a steak that is at least ¾ of an inch thick. Thin steaks say ½ an inch or less are hard to cook well, by the time you develop a nice crust on the out side the center is overdone.
- Pat the steak dry with paper towels if they are wet, prior to seasoning.
- Don’t just lightly dust it with seasoning, season the steak liberally.
- Build a 2-zone fire with one side extremely hot, surface of the sun hot! You literally shouldn’t be able to hold your hand over the hot side for a second before it would burn you. The cool side I don’t have any coals on, I rely on heat from the hot side. The cool side gives me a spot to move steaks if there is a flare up and also provides adequate heat to finish cooking a steak if I achieve the char, I want on both sides but still need a little longer on the grill to reach the preferred internal temperature.
- I am about to get controversial…. but I have to say that charcoal is the way to go and a wood fire is even better. I have never owned a gas grill and am super biased, I must admit. However, I have been around a lot of gas grills and have never seen one that got hot enough for me. I’m sure a gas grill that gets as hot as the “surface of the sun” exists, but I’ve not been around one. Also, gas grills add nothing to the flavor, charcoal and wood offer smoky notes to the flavor profile of the finished steak.
- A steak that’s ¾ of an inch to an inch thick should only take about 8 minutes to cook to rare to medium rare. If it takes longer than that, then the hot side of your fire isn’t hot enough.
How to Grill the Perfect Steak
Liberally season your steaks with grill seasoning.
Build a 2-zone fire with one side extremely hot. See the tips above.
A steak that’s ¾ of an inch to an inch thick should only take about 8 minutes to cook to rare to medium rare. If it takes longer than that, then the hot side of your fire isn’t hot enough.
And enjoy your perfectly cooked steak!
The Cowboy's Grill Seasoning
- 4 tbsp. kosher salt
- 3 tbsp. New Mexico Red Chili Powder
- 2 tbsp. garlic powder
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- 2 tbsp. ground cumin
- 2 tbsp. coarsely ground black pepper
- 1 tbsp. ground thyme
- Combine all ingredients in a mason jar and shake.