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How to Grill the Perfect Steak

Watch more Grilling Recipes videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Grill the perfect steak so every bite is tender and juicy. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Start with a clean grill Clean the inside of your grill and the grate with soap, a brush, and a sponge, and then wipe or spray it with cooking oil. This prevents the steak from sticking to the grate and tearing, which will cause it to lose juices. Step 2: Use good beef Start with good, grain-fed beef. No matter the cattle breed, USDA prime, grain-fed beef is the highest rating, followed by choice. Rib eye, New York strip, tenderloin, top sirloin, porterhouse, and T-bone are all good cuts for grilling. Look for evenly-distributed marbling -- the white streaks that indicate fat. Without it, your steak won't be as tender or tasty. Tip Don't grill a steak less than one inch thick; it will dry out easily. The ideal grilling width is one to one and a half inches thick. Step 3: Let them sit Take steaks out of the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking to allow them to come to room temperature. Step 4: Prepare gas or electric grill If you're using a gas or electric grill, turn it to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, or set it on medium, and let it heat up for at least 15 minutes with the hood closed. Step 5: Prepare charcoal grill If you're using charcoal, set the briquettes over three-quarters of the bowl so they are about three times higher on one side than on the other. Leave one quarter of the grill empty, which provides an area with less heat in case your fire gets too intense. Use lighter fluid to start the fire, and wait until all of the coals are lit before you put anything on the grill. Step 6: Season the steaks Pat the steaks with a paper towel to absorb moisture. Then brush both sides with olive oil and liberally sprinkle them with fresh pepper and kosher salt. Tip If you like to marinate your steaks beforehand, keep in mind that the acidity in most marinades makes meat cook faster. Step 7: Cook them Cook the steaks evenly, flipping them four to six minutes after placing them on the grill. Tip Use tongs or a spatula to flip steaks. A fork will pierce the meat, releasing juices. Step 8: Check the temp After you've flipped them, wait two to three minutes. Then, check each steak's temperature by picking it up with tongs and inserting the meat thermometer into the steak's side until it reaches the center. A reading of 115 means the steak will be rare when you serve it, 125 to 130 is medium-rare, 140 to 145 is medium, 150 to 155 is medium-well, and more than 155 is well done. You can also make a small incision to peek inside. Tip Meat continues cooking for a few minutes after you remove it from the heat. Step 9: Let them rest Remove the steaks and let them rest, loosely covered with foil, for about five minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat. For best results, let the steaks rest with the side that was most recently on the grill face up. Now dig in and enjoy! Did You Know? World-famous Wagyu Kobe beef steaks are lower in saturated fat and higher in monounsaturated fat -- the kind that's good for you -- than some other types of steaks.
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