How To: Grilling the Perfect Steak

We think steaks 1 1/4 inches thick or more are best for the grill and are best grilled using the indirect-heat method. It's a two-stage method of searing briefly over high direct heat to develop a crunchy, caramelized crust and then finishing over moderate heat to bring it up to the desired degree of doneness.

Steaks thinner than 1 inch can be grilled using direct heat. Click here for a how-to on grilling a burger with direct heat. The same general principles apply to cooking a steak this way.

We also have pre-selected packages available with all the ingredients you need to follow this tutorial.

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The Steps :

  1. Step 1: For steaks 1 1/4 inch thick or more: Building your fire to one side of the fire bowl creates two temperature zones: one for searing over high direct heat, and one for bringing the steaks up to temperature using moderate indirect heat.
  2. Step 2: After removing the steaks from the refrigerator, allow them to come up to room temperature—about 30 minutes. Assemble with olive oil, sea or kosher salt, and pepper just before putting them on the grill.
  3. Step 3: Sprinkle with fresh-cracked pepper and salt.
  4. Step 4: Sear over direct heat for 2 to 4 minutes, depending on the thickness of your steak and the heat of the fire. Searing can be done with the grill lid on or off.
  5. Step 5: After searing, move the steaks to the opposite side over the grill to cook indirectly until done (with the grill lid on).
  6. Step 6: Brush with olive oil, if desired. Alternatively, you can brush the steaks with olive oil before putting on the salt and pepper before they go on the grill.
  7. Step 7: Check the internal temperature with an instant-read thermometer after about 80% of the estimated cooking time has elapsed. Don't poke the steak too soon, or you lose precious juices.
  8. Step 8: After removing the steaks from the grill, allow them to rest 3 to 4 minutes so the juices can redistribute within the meat for the juiciest steak you've ever tasted.


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