How to Grill the Perfect Steak with Live’s Food Stylist, Marie Haycox
1. Sam’s Club USDA Prime Meat is top quality and affordable.
2. Sam’s Club packages of prime meat are equal size cuts, so cooking times nearly equal. Each family member or guest gets a steak that is same size and appearance so that no one feels slighted. If you shop in a typical grocery store, you have to purchase steaks that might be a variety of sizes and thickness…and they all look and cook differently.
3. Buy great meat and you get a get steak – steakhouses use prime meat and cut it thick so it cooks correctly.
4. When you use thin cuts of meat, the cooking is tricky because you think your meat is still rare and before you know it, it is well done! It cooks so fast that you will often miss the correct temp and time for medium grilling. Thicker steaks are more forgiving, cook slower.
5. Season with salt and pepper only, so your steak can shine!
6. I like a two-zone grill…one side hot, to sear and one side medium, to cook on. I like to sear the steaks and then let them cook up slower to the right temperature. If you are using coals, make a hot side a cooler side within your grill. This is so the outside of your steak does not get overcooked or dried out before the inside gets to a uniform temperature.
7. The timing! For a steak 22mm thick, grill 2 minutes each side for rare, 3-4 mins each side for medium-rare and 4-6 mins each side for medium. For well done, grill for 2-4 minutes each side, then turn the heat down and grill for another 4-6 minutes. Or…
8. Use the Five Finger Rule:
-With your hand open, take your INDEX finger and press the meat under your thumb in. It will feel SOFT, use this as a comparison to the steak. If the steak has the same feel, then it is RARE.
-With your hand open, take your MIDDLE finger and press the meat under your thumb in. It will feel SLIGHTLY SOFT. If the steak has the same feel, then it is MEDIUM RARE.
-With your hand open take your RING finger and press the meat under your thumb in. It feels SLIGHTLY FIRM. If the steak has the same feel, it is MEDIUM WELL.
-With your hand open take your PINKY finger and press the meat under your thumb in. It will feel FIRM. If the steak has the same feel, then it is well done.
9. All meat should rest for 10 to 15 mins, before you serve. I love that because it’s when I grill vegetables/corn and then everything is hot when you serve it.
10. Finally, Marie discusses cutting your steak. For the most part, you cut against the grain. Filets are often the exception, because they are so tender.