The Perfect BBQ Steak
It’s one of those things that plenty of people have written about and wondered about for many years, but it often seems as if no consensus will be had. The perfect steak – is it something of a myth? The fact is, there are things you can do to ensure that you produce a more succulent, better-tasting steak, and mostly it is just a matter of remembering a few basics. We will cover those basics in this article, of course, but beyond that you will need to remember that it is just a matter of practicing until your skills develop into something greater. With any luck, you will be preparing the perfect steak every weekend from now on. Let’s take a look at some of the essentials to remember when you want to cook a perfect steak.
Choosing Your Cut
The cut of meat you use is vital to how successful the steak is in the final analysis. There are a huge variety of different steak types, and knowing the differences is bound to help you in deciding which to use on any given occasion. If you are lucky enough to be able to make the cut yourself, then make sure you use the right knives so you can Cut It Fine, otherwise the whole thing could be ruined. Once you have your cut – self-made or not – it is time to get cooking.
The seasoning is a hugely important part of the whole process. If you have ever had a steak that tasted bland, chances are the cook did not remember to season the steak beforehand. The best seasoning is simple when it comes to steaks: simply rub a little oil over them, and then rub in some salt and pepper and, if you like, a little herb of your choice. This should be plenty. You should only do more than that if you are looking to achieve a particular effect, such as Cajun for example.
This is the part that most people find difficult, but it is actually relatively easy so long as you can control your heat properly. Of course, with a BBQ it is hard to control your heat until you are a real expert, and even then it can be a challenge. Just remember to keep the coals high as possible, as you want plenty of smoke but no fire. On high heat over a BBQ, the timing should be relatively straightforward, and similar to a normal grill. Sear it for around five minutes and then reduce it and cook for a further three for rare. For medium, you will want to add a minute onto that, and if you want well-done then another minute at most. Remember, however, that rare is how steaks are meant to be.
Part of making the ideal steak is knowing how to serve it. With that in mind, make sure that you serve your steak with a good portion of fries, and a little salad on the side, and remember to include some sauces in there as well.