Summertime is just about upon us and now is the time to get out those grilled steak recipes and dust them off for the new season. Oh, man, I can just taste them now, mouth-watering, juicy, full of flavor, tender, cut-it-with-a-fork…what, you mean yours do not turn out like that? Well, we have some work cut out for us today then.
Look, pulling out that box of grilled steak recipes and going through them to find just the right one to want to kick of the season with is pretty important. Gotta have the right steak for the family. Gotta have that right flavor. Gotta this and gotta that, but picking out the right steak is just one part of the process. I mean, someone has to cook it, right? That’s where I will be helping you out today.
I am not going to tell you which one to pick out and use. That is your choice. What you like might be really different than what my family likes. But what we are going to talk about is how to fix it so that it is really juicy and tender with all the flavor still intact and not laying down on the coals to die a slow and lingering death due to neglect and ignorance.
Let’s talk about rib-eyes and pull that one out of our grilled steak recipes box. Rib-eye is a good choice for today. And for today we will talk about marinating your steak. We do not do this often, but today is a good day to discuss this. It is the acid which tenderizes the meat. So anything with lemon juice, vinegar, or even wine will do the job for us. If the steak is tough, then yes, we will marinate, but if not, then really there is no need to. But. And this is a good but, you just might like that extra flavor that the marinating process will add to your meat so do not just discount it without even thinking about it.
If you have never done this before, then here is a really easy way to learn and start. Get a good quality bottle of Italian dressing and place your steaks in a zip-loc bag, add about a cup of the Italian dressing and then close it up. Massage it real well and then place the bag in a pan and place in the fridge for a few hours. The reason for the pan is in case the bag has sprung a leak. You do not want the Mrs. mad at you, now do you?
For a lot of your grilled steak recipes you can use this technique. You can vary it up with different types of marinade. But the process is just about always the same. Just do not leave it in there too long or it could turn to mush. So in about, say, an hour and a half – up to two hours – take it out and pull it out of the bag and remove them from the bag and discard the marinade.
Now we want to let the steaks come to room temperature so this will take about thirty minutes. After they have come to room temperature, wipe the dressing off so that the steaks are dry and then add a little sea salt and cracked black pepper to the steaks.
Take them out to your pre-heated grill and set them down. Now take a folded up paper towel with some vegetable oil (not much) on it and use your tongs (I don’t, but this is that don’t do as I do, but do as I say kinda thing), I mean, come on, who has not heard ‘that one’ growing up?
OK, take the paper towels with your tongs and wipe down the grill. This way the steaks will be less likely to stick. Once the fire is really hot and you have wiped the grill down, (with the tongs), then you can add the steaks to the grill.
Oh, my, out of all the grilled steak recipes you could pick from, this is going to be a winner. I can just taste them now. Watch them and when you see small drops of blood appear, then it is time for you to turn them over. Now what I do is I will let them go for a couple of minutes and then rotate them 45 degrees so I can have those grill marks. That way when I actually flip them over then I have nice grill marks.
The problem is that if this is done too soon, then you are going to have to keep turning them back and forth over and over to get done and you have ruined any chance of a nice looking steak. So this is where indirect heat comes from. Once you have those nice grill marks on both sides, you can place the steaks over the indirect heat part of the grill and close it up and turn it down just a bit and finish it off there.
Generally speaking, for grilled steak recipes a rare steak will take about nine minutes. A medium one will take between thirteen and fifteen minutes so take all that into consideration. Now for the opening of the BBQ season, this is one of those really good grilled steak recipes which you will be coming back to again and again.