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Grilling Steaks for the Novice

Updated on November 18, 2014
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Learning to Grill the Perfect Steaks

I decided to learn how to grill steaks myself after reading so many great recipes and ideas for the grill written by my fellow online writers.

In our family, it has always been the man's job to cook out. Previously, I just accepted the gift gratefully and I was content to defer to my husband's expertise on the grill, but with visions of kabobs and grilled pound cake, I am inspired to learn how to use the grill.

I photographed all of my husband's steps to preparing the grill and preparing the food. Now I will be ready to grill our next steaks.

I am willing to share my new knowledge. Perhaps, this article will help you get started too. Now, let's have some fun!




What You Need to Cook the Best Steaks You will Ever Eat!

  • A Grill
  • Charcoal
  • A Sheet of Newspaper
  • A Match
  • Food ~ We chose 4 Rib Eye Steaks ~ Total weight: 3.82 lbs.
  • Seasonings ~ We only use salt, pepper and olive oil lightly rubbed on steaks

Supplies Needed for Grilling Steaks
Supplies Needed for Grilling Steaks | Source

Setting up the Grill

  • Start with a clean grill

  • Stuff a sheet of newspaper in the bottom of your chimney grill starter

  • Turn over starter and fill the chimney grill starter with Charcoal

  • Light the paper at the base of the chimney grill starter with a match or long lighter

  • Wait for charcoal to get ready. It will be mostly gray. This takes approx. 35 - 45 min.

  • When the charcoal is ready, use a pot holder on the handle of your chimney grill starter and dump the charcoal into the grill.

  • Carefully place the grill rack in place over the hot charcoal on the lowest level closest to the charcoal.

The Grill We Used is Named Maude. She is My Dad's Grill and she is over 30 years old - Her handles are gone and her paint is worn, but she still cooks!

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Stuff a sheet of newspaper in the bottom of your chimney grill starterTurn over starter, set it in the base of your grill and fill the chimney grill starter with CharcoalLight the paper at the base of the chimney grill starter with a match or long lighterWait for Charcoal it be readyIt will be mostly gray. This takes approx. 35 - 45 min.Using a pot holder on the handle of your chimney grill starter, dump the charcoal into the grill.Carefully place the grill rack over in place over the hot charcoal
Stuff a sheet of newspaper in the bottom of your chimney grill starter
Stuff a sheet of newspaper in the bottom of your chimney grill starter
Turn over starter, set it in the base of your grill and fill the chimney grill starter with Charcoal
Turn over starter, set it in the base of your grill and fill the chimney grill starter with Charcoal
Light the paper at the base of the chimney grill starter with a match or long lighter
Light the paper at the base of the chimney grill starter with a match or long lighter
Wait for Charcoal it be ready
Wait for Charcoal it be ready
It will be mostly gray. This takes approx. 35 - 45 min.
It will be mostly gray. This takes approx. 35 - 45 min.
Using a pot holder on the handle of your chimney grill starter, dump the charcoal into the grill.
Using a pot holder on the handle of your chimney grill starter, dump the charcoal into the grill.
Carefully place the grill rack over in place over the hot charcoal
Carefully place the grill rack over in place over the hot charcoal

Using a Chimney Grill Starter

Is a lot safer than flicking a lit match at lighter fluid doused charcoal.

Food tastes better without the use of lighter fluid too!

A Safer Way to Start Your Fire

Stainless Steel Chimney Grill Starter
Stainless Steel Chimney Grill Starter

A wonderful gadget! It would be a perfect gift for the griller in your household.

 

Don't Want to Get Too Close to the Fire?

Coleman Wind-Resistant Butane Lighter
Coleman Wind-Resistant Butane Lighter

This is a great lighter for those of us who would rather not use a match and risk burning our fingers.

 

Choose your Steaks Carefully - Photo by Sylvestermouse

Steaks
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Although they were expensive, we chose to cook 4 USDA Choice Rib Eye Steaks. They weighted 3.82 lbs total weight.

They were purchased the same day we cooked them and they were never frozen.

In this photo, they have already been seasoned and are ready to grill.

Preparing Your Steaks - If you do it our way, it is really easy and absolutely delicious!

Do not poke or pierce the steak with a fork, knife or any utensil at any point in the preparation or cooking process. This will allow the meat to retain all of it's flavor and juices.

  • Rub Olive Oil lightly on both sides of each steak

  • Salt and Pepper both sides of each steak

  • Place seasoned steaks on the grill rack

  • Cover grill and steaks for 9 minutes

  • Turn steaks ~ ONLY ONCE

  • Cover grill again and cook an additional 7 minutes for medium or 12 minutes for medium well.

  • Remove steaks from the grill and wrap in aluminum foil. Allow to rest in the aluminum foil for 5 minutes before you eat.

Step by Step Photos of the Grilling Process

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Place seasoned steaks on the grill rackCover grill and steaks for 9 minutesTurn steaks ~ ONLY ONCECover grill again and cook an additional 9 minutes for medium rare or 12 minutes for medium well.Remove steaks from the grill and wrap in aluminum foil. Allow to set for 5 minutes before you eat.This is my cut steak.  I like mine cooked medium well.  I thought you might like to see the inside color of one of our finished steaks.  This one grilled for a total of 21 minutes.
Place seasoned steaks on the grill rackCover grill and steaks for 9 minutes
Place seasoned steaks on the grill rack Cover grill and steaks for 9 minutes
Turn steaks ~ ONLY ONCE
Turn steaks ~ ONLY ONCE
Cover grill again and cook an additional 9 minutes for medium rare or 12 minutes for medium well.
Cover grill again and cook an additional 9 minutes for medium rare or 12 minutes for medium well.
Remove steaks from the grill and wrap in aluminum foil. Allow to set for 5 minutes before you eat.
Remove steaks from the grill and wrap in aluminum foil. Allow to set for 5 minutes before you eat.
This is my cut steak.  I like mine cooked medium well.  I thought you might like to see the inside color of one of our finished steaks.  This one grilled for a total of 21 minutes.
This is my cut steak. I like mine cooked medium well. I thought you might like to see the inside color of one of our finished steaks. This one grilled for a total of 21 minutes.

Having a Little Fun with the Cook

Grilling Apron
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      LouisaDembul 4 years ago

      We'll start up the season next year. we love to grill, both meat and vegetables.

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      JoleneBelmain 4 years ago

      I absolutely love steaks done on the BBQ... nothing quite like it... except maybe done over an open fire while camping ;)

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

      ~BLESSED~

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very nice way to grill some great looking steaks.I also like the simplicity of your approach.

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      Eileen 4 years ago from Western Cape , South Africa

      Great tips here for a juicy steak .

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      queenofduvetcover 5 years ago

      Those steaks look delicious! Very well presented lens. I loved it!!

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      Holley Web 5 years ago

      Hehehe, Rib-eyes and grilling.. seems I spent the last two summers doing this. Looks yummy!

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      dellgirl 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens full of helpful tips & information.

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      I'm always in-charge with the grilling during family gatherings. You shared good & helpful tips by the way.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I love to grill outdoors on an open fire. Lensrolling the grilling ideas.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Wow those steaks look good! Good job Maude, and you too Cynthia! I think I'm still not brave enough to do the grilling myself though.

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      ohcaroline 7 years ago

      Attagirl, proud of you getting in there with the charcoal and doing those steaks. I have grilled all my life and many different ways. I am no pro...but I can satisfy my taste buds pretty well. It's definitely a learned skill.

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      Joan Hall 7 years ago from Los Angeles

      I've never done it either. You're very brave.

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      RuthieDenise 7 years ago

      The steaks look good.

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      Virginia Allain 7 years ago from Central Florida

      If my hubby ever has a heart attack from all that steak and spareribs he eats, then I might need this lens to guide me through the grilling process.

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      WindyWintersHubs 7 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great BBQ tips! I haven't seen that type of BBQ before but it sure works great. I'm leaving the grilling to my hubby 'cause he enjoys it. :)

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      LadyFlashman 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      This was such fun to read, and I love Maude the Grill! For someone clueless about grilling and how to do it, this explained it all to me with great style!

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      VSP 7 years ago

      Love the picture in this section. Thanks for featuring all our lenses. Great idea and excellent pictures.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      you can make a grill starter with a big tim can and a can opener in a pinch. they absolultely produced the best coals without gas.:)

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      There's a new apron on my page, The Best Sizzlin' Hot Barbecue Apron For Your Summer Parties...

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      Treasures By Brenda 7 years ago from Canada

      Great job! Love your idea AND your apron! (We had grilled steaks last night, too. We used Montreal Steak Spice on ours.)

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      This is a great Grilling tutorial! :)

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      BuckHawkcenter 7 years ago

      Very good step by step instructions, but I think I'll still let the Grill Masters I know do the honors! I have more fun that way.

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      aishu19 7 years ago

      That would be useful for anyone who wants to grill on their own!

      Thanks for featuring my recipe binder lens

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