8 top tips for cooking a great steak on the barbecue
Summer barbecues have become a week long feast as busy people start to use the barbecue more often. It’s a fast, simple and easy way to get that meal on the table in a hurry with less washing up and less heat in the kitchen.
Bring the meat to room temperature
Ice cold meat on a hot grill makes the fibres in the meat contract as they hit the hotplate and increase the cooking time. Take your meat out of the fridge and leave it lightly covered on a plate while you prepare the barbeque.
Preheat the barbecue or grill
The meat needs to be seared as it hits the barbeque to seal in all the juices. The less time it spends on the barbecue the better.
Use a tender cut of meat
Porterhouse or rib eye, Scotch fillet and T-bones all cook beautifully on the barbecue. T-bones take a few minutes extra due to the bone.
Lightly oil the meat
Brush your steaks with a little oil to ensure they don’t stick. This prevents flare ups and spattering oil. This is the best time to season it as well. Sprinkle a little sea salt and freshly cracked pepper on it after oiling.
Don’t overcrowd the hotplate and grill
Make sure that the steaks have a few centimetres between them on the grill to ensure the barbecue stays at a hot and even temperature for cooking.
Turn it over just once
Let your steak cook halfway through and then turn it once to cook on the other side. If you are worried about it burning you can lift a little corner of your steak to make sure it doesn’t get too charred.
Do not constantly poke the meat and do not pierce it
Piercing the meat lets all the juices run out and will leave you with a very dry steak. Leave it on a nice hot place on the grill until it is time to turn it.
Let the meat rest
When your meat comes off the barbecue, you will need to let it rest so the juices stay in the meat. If your steak takes 5 minutes on the grill a 2 ½ minutes resting time is appropriate. Wrap it in some foil to keep it warm.
Follow these tips and enjoy a juicy flavourful steak from the barbecue every time!