Grill School: How To Grill The Perfect Steak

Curated By: Mick Scully | Posted On: May 18, 2020

Grill School: How To Grill The Perfect Steak

Mr. Steak walks us through each simple but important step that leads to grilling the perfect steak, from properly defrosting, how and when to season, to grilling temperature and the touch method.    

Step 1 – Defrost 

Take the steak out of the freezer and put it in the refrigerator. Let it sit in the fridge for 36-48 hours in its packaging. 

Step 2 – Get steak to room temperature

The day you are going to grill take the steak out of the refrigerator, remove packaging, and let it sit on the counter to get to room temperature for approximately 3 hours.  

Step 3 – Season the Steak

Season your steak 45 minutes before you are ready to cook to allow the seasoning to infuse into the meat.

Step 4 – Get grill very HOT and set steak on the grill

Make sure your grill is hot before adding your meat!  If you are using a Mr. Steak infrared grill always leave your lid open while grilling. Our grills get over 1000 degrees with the lid open. 

Step 5 – Flip your Steak

Only flip your steak once during the grilling process when you feel it’s about halfway done. Use the touch method below to help determine this. 

Step 6 – Determine Doneness of Steak using “The Touch Method”

Touch the center of the steak with your finger. If it’s soft, it’s more rare or medium rare. If it’s pretty firm it’s more well done. Practice and experience will tell you when it’s done to your liking. Because every steak and cut has its own thickness, size and shape, it’s impossible to determine exactly how long each steak needs to be cooked. It’s much better to practice and excel at the touch method so you can create the best steak every time, exactly how you like it, no matter the steak you’re grilling. Note: Never puncture a steak. This will release all the juices and give you a less flavorful and juicy steak. 

Step 7 – Err on the side of not done enough

You can always put a steak back on the grill if it’s not cooked enough for your taste. But you can’t make a steak more rare once it’s more well done.   

Step 8 – Let it Settle

Take the steak off the grill and let it settle for at least a few minutes before cutting into it. This allows the juices and flavors to incorporate into the meat and gives you a much more flavorful steak.  

Step 9 – Enjoy your steak!  

Follow these simple steps to grill the perfect steak every time.  If you aren’t using one of these steps you will be amazed at how making one small change will up your grill game.

Meat Grades: Prime vs Choice

The USDA determines this primarily based on marbling, but there are two factors they use to do this: quality grades for tenderness, juiciness, and flavor; and yield grades for the amount of usable lean meat on the carcass.

Prime beef is produced from young, well-fed beef cattle. It has abundant marbling (the amount of fat interspersed with lean meat), and is generally sold in restaurants and hotels. Prime roasts and steaks are excellent for dry-heat cooking such as broiling, roasting, or grilling.

Choice beef is high quality but has less marbling than Prime. Choice roasts and steaks from the loin and rib will be very tender, juicy, and flavorful and are suited for dry-heat cooking. Many of the less tender cuts can also be cooked with dry heat if not overcooked. Such cuts will be most tender if braised, roasted or simmered with a small amount of liquid in a tightly covered pan.

Read More About Meat Grades

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