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Steaks Your Way

Updated on September 14, 2011

When grilling, remember to always have fun. One way to do this is to experiment with different cooking techniques. The perfect grilled steak is assumed to have perfect cross hatch marks. However, sometimes you want just a simple marking on the steak. The next time you grill , experiment by trying both marking methods. First, start with a clean, well oiled grate on a hot grill. To determine if the grill is at the right temperature to sear the steaks, hold your hand about 5 inches above the grate and count to 3 seconds. When you can do this comfortably, your grill is ready to go. Next, prepare your steaks for grilling by seasoning both sides with kosher salt. Next, place your steaks on the grill. On the steaks that you want cross hatch marks on, place them in the 10 o'clock position. Cover and grill for 2 3/4 minutes for a 1 1/4 inch thick NY strip steak.

Next, rotate the ones you want cross hatch marks on to the 2 o'clock position and grill covered for another 2 3/4 minutes. Be sure to leave the non cross hatched steak undisturbed. Now the steaks are ready to be flipped. Turn them over and repeat the process. With any luck, they should look like this-- note that the cross hatched steaks are on the right.

The final step is to take the strip steaks off the grill and let them rest for 5-10 minutes. The reason for this is to allow the juices to be absorbed back into the meat. You should now have perfectly cooked, rare NY strip steaks that any chef would be proud of. Remember that grilling should be fun and feel free to experiment and compare techniques when you're grilling.


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