Grilling Steaks for the Novice
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
- 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
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!Click thumbnail to view full-size
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
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?
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
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 ProcessClick thumbnail to view full-size
Having a Little Fun with the Cook
© 2010 Cynthia Sylvestermouse