How to grill a steak like a Texan

Mon, Jul 9, 2007

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How to grill a steak like a Texan

If anyplace in America should know how to grill a steak it should be Texas. Grilling a steak is not complicated. In fact, preparing a good grilled steak is a very simple affair once you know how. It doesn’t involve fancy spices or preparation. In this article I will tell you everything you need to know about cooking up a juicy, Texas style steak that will impress your neighbors, especially if they are Yankees!

Start with a good cut of meat, or don’t bother starting at all. I would recommend a 1 1/2 inch thick New York strip, graded Prime. If you just can’t swing the extra cost for Prime, then you can go with Choice, but never any lower. Prime really is much better. Select a steak that’s well marbled and, if you can get it, bone-on. Your butcher, even at mega-marts, will be happy to cut you steaks. Don’t settle for what happens to be packed out front.

Remove the steaks from the refrigerator a half hour before cooking to get their internal temperature warmed up a bit. I usually do this while waiting on the fire to heat up. Pat them dry with a paper towel, then sprinkle a teaspoon or so of Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper on each steak. Drizzle a little olive oil on each side, a light coating. I find it easiest to use a pastry brush. That’s it. You don’t need any other spices, assuming you are using a good quality cut of meat.

Now, your grill should be good and hot. If using a gas grill, let it heat for 20 minutes or so with the lid down. You will be cooking on high! Clean and oil the grates before placing the steaks down on the grill. Cook for approximately two minutes, until you can life them steak with tongs (never a fork!) without it sticking. Turn a quarter turn so that you produce fancy grill marks.

Cook another couple of minutes, then flip. Follow the same procedure on this side, but after the quarter turn start paying attention to the steak so you can pull it off when it reaches the proper temperature.Poke the steak with your finger. The steak is rare when it feels like your cheek and medium when it feels like the tip of your nose. Practice makes perfect. Poke it with a thermometer if you must, but you will lose some precious juices.

When done, remove and place on a platter. Top each steak with a pat of butter – plain or seasoned. (Note, I said butter, not margarine.) Let the steaks rest for at least 5 minutes. A sheet of foil can be placed loosely over the platter to keep them warm.

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6 Responses to “How to grill a steak like a Texan”

  1. Tony says:

    Great article, keep it up!

  2. bbq ribs mom says:

    I noticed when I google ‘how to cook a steak’ that the top 5 or 6 sites all advise using only kosher salt and freshly ground pepper but the restaurants are obviously using different spices because the home versions taste so different. Any clue on what barbecue rubs they use on their steaks?

  3. Jerry says:

    Very good way to cook a steak. Been doing like that for years. Of course I live in Texas

  4. Jeff says:

    Glad to see a “good” recipe for grillin’ steak. If you need all the maranades and rubs and sauces, you need to quit buying you steaks at Wal-Mart. Go find a Good cut of meat and enjoy the taste of the MEAT.

  5. JD Webb says:

    Came across this on StumbleUpon

  6. ARNO says:

    Eish, nou ek is baie honger, now I’m seriously hungry.