A Beginners Guide to Great Steak

My best advice: come to Red Onion Cafe

(need I say more?)
ROC Filet
If you’re grilling at home, though, here’s a few pointers.
  • There is a long list of steak cuts, so it depends on what you’re looking for. Your more tender cuts are going to be from the tenderloin (obviously), which include the filet mignon & Chateaubriand. The sirloin and NY strip are tastier choices with a little higher fat content. The T-bone & rib-eye are tougher, but definitely flavorful choices. If you’re looking for the big brother of steaks, try the porterhouse, which is a combo of the NY strip and the filet.
  • Before you start the grill, set your steak out to bring it to room temperature. This will allow it to cook faster and more evenly.
  • It is also a good idea to season your steak early so it all doesn’t just season the grill. Typically I will just use a salt/pepper mixture. You will want to oil the grill right before you put the steaks on, so this will add flavor as well.
  • The most important part of grilling a good steak is getting the correct temperature. There is much debate about the “finger pressure” test, but the only sure-fire way to test it is to actually take the temperature of the steak.
    • Rare: 125 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Medium Rare: 135 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Medium: 145 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Medium well: 155 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Well: 165 degrees Fahrenheit
  • And finally, after you take the steak off of the grill, you want to let it rest for 5-10 minutes. This allows all the juices to absorb into the steak. If not, when you cut in all of the juices will flow out, as will a lot of the flavor!

With this warm weather, it’s time to get out the grill again! Let me know about the exciting recipes you’re trying. Happy grilling!

About these ads

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s