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Steak on the grill is another very size sensitive item. Last night’s dinner was a perfect example. Here is what you want to know:

1. Have the butcher cut your steaks 1 1/2 “thick. It is better to share one steak between two people that is thicker than to have two thin steaks. When the steak is thick you can get a really great, golden brown, beautiful, salty, mouth-watering crust and still have the meat be medium rare or medium if you like. If you cook it more than medium we need to talk. Sorry to be a food snob but the flavor completely changes when you go past medium. When you grill a thin steak by the time you have a nice crust your steak is overcooked. When the salt and pepper combine with the meat to form a crispy, salty, crunchy crust it is like nothing else. That is why a restaurant steak always seems better. But there is another reason…

2. Buy Prime which is the best grade of meat. It is the most marbled (lines of yummy fat running through the meat that melt and make the steak juicy and flavorful as it cooks!) It is more expensive but so worth it. My wife and I decided that we can not live without meat but we can eat it less often thus justify buying the best.

3. Be generous with the salt and pepper. Because you have a thick cut you can put a nice thick coating of salt and pepper on top. It will allow you to get that magical crust and it will not be too much salt because you have a lot of meat to back it up. When you have a thin steak you will not only overcook the meat by the time you have a crust but it will be too salty because the steak is thin.

4. Rub a touch of olive oil or canola oil on the seasoned steak before it hits the grill. This will keep it from sticking but most important aid in the development of that magical crust.

5. Make sure the grill is really hot. You are good to go! Enjoy!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Aki permalink
    September 8, 2009 8:11 pm

    Jeffrey, your tips are fantastic and very educational. I still believe you should’ve won the next foodnetwork star. Keep up the good work and keep those spice smuggler videos coming. I had to go to the star and buy anise seed and try it. It was great. Thanks for your great tips.

    • Jeffrey Saad permalink
      September 9, 2009 6:19 am

      Thank you Aki, that makes it all worthwhile, that is my goal. Enjoy!

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