It's barbecue season in southern California, when thousands of people light up their grills and slap a steak over a hot flame. It takes practice and technique to turn out a perfect piece of meat, so we asked the experts at Omaha Steaks for a few tips on how to grill the perfect steak. Todd Simon, whose family has owned Omaha Steaks for five generations, offers up these time-tested suggestions:
- Clean and pre-heat your grill on high.
- Lightly oil and season everything before you put it on the grill. This helps the searing process and prevents sticking.
- Sear the outside of the steaks when grilling, using tongs or a spatula to turn the meat, and cover the grill as much as possible during the grilling process to help lock in the great flavor and prevent flare-ups. Never pierce the steak when grilling as that allows the flavorful juices to escape. Don't press or squish the steaks or burgers when grilling either - just let them be!
- Use the 60/40 grilling method. Grill for 60 percent of the time on the first side, then grill 40 percent of the time after you turn over the food. This will give you an evenly cooked product.
- Place your cooked product on a clean plate and allow your foods to “rest” for five minutes before serving to retain moisture and juiciness.
- Any steak can be prepared on the grill. Boneless strips and T-bones are often considered the very best classic grilling steaks, but filet mignons, top sirloins and ribeyes are all great on the grill, too.
- Keep your essential grilling tools close at hand. These include:
- Olive oil and seasoning blend. Start by brushing the olive oil on both sides of the steaks and then sprinkling them with an all-purpose seasoning or good old salt and pepper.
- Spring-loaded tongs. Long-handled tongs are the key to getting your steaks on and off the grill and flipping them safely. It's a good practice to have two sets – one set for raw meat and the other for cooked.
- Ruler. Use this to measure the actual thickness of the steak so you know how long to grill them to the perfect degree of doneness.
- The Omaha Steaks Steak Time App or Steak Grilling Chart. The app has an innovative grilling timer that enables you to create a personalized steak timer setting for all your guests – ensuring that everyone's steak is grilled to perfection.
- Thermometer. Use a thermometer to take the internal temperature of the steak to verify that it's ready.
- Grill brush. This tool is crucial for getting the best flavor and sear marks on your steaks. Keeping your grill grates clean also keeps your food from sticking. Use the grill brush both before and after you grill to keep the grates clean.
Omaha Steaks is a family-owned company known nationwide for the finest in premium beef and other gourmet foods, including filet mignon, top sirloins, chicken, pork chops, burgers, and stuffed baked potatoes. There are several Omaha Steaks retail locations in southern California, including West Los Angeles, Torrance and Long Beach. Check the Store Locator at www.omahasteaks.com to find the location nearest you.