Steaks on the Grill – a family favorite!

 

 

Steaks on the grill is a staple in our household.  We do a lot of grilling at our house and steak is one of our go-to meals.  For a long time I was banned from the grill as that was my husband’s territory.  However, when he started working his funky hours I needed to get handle on how to properly grill.

 

Steaks on the grill

When I first took over grilling, I was a bit apprehensive.  If you think about it, it was a bit crazy.  After all, I’ve been cooking for years and how hare could steaks on the grill be!  Brats and hamburgers I learned were pretty simple.  Steaks, those were still a little overwhelming until I got the hang of it.

Steak can get a little pricey and if I wanted to add it into our regular summer rotation, I needed to find a way to do so economically.  Our go to steak is a New York Strip.  Don’t ask me why, we just love them.  There’s a small, local gourmet grocery store with the BEST New York Strips where we can spend about $20/lb.  They are delicious but, not quite in our weekly budget.  Our regular grocery store sells prime New York Strips (usually grass fed but not always) for about $15/lb.  That’s definitely a better price but I tend to look for the smallest steaks which doesn’t make my husband a happy boy.

Enter the whole beef loin.  Our grocery store sells end pieces of a choice whole beef loin for $5/lb.  Yep, you read that right, $5/lb.  As you can guess, at that price there’s a little bit of work to be done!  When I first noticed these loins earlier this year I went ahead and bought it knowing I’d be able to cut it up but not quite sure how it would work.  After doing a bit of online research, I came across this tutorial that helped me cut up the loin into New York Strip steaks.  All I can say is be careful, at times it was a bit like wrestling a greased pig but I did get the hang of it after a while, without losing any fingers!  The steaks turned out delicious and inexpensive enough for us to add it into our weekly menu.  Success!

You know you’ve been successful when the next day your husband says to you “I can’t believe how good those steaks were that you cooked yesterday.  I was a little worried but they were really good!”

Steaks on the Grill done properly

  1. Start with a really hot grill.  We have a gas grill, I turned all four burners on high and let them heat up for about 5 minutes before turning them down to medium high.
  2. Let the steaks warm up to room temperature, this ensures more even cooking.
  3. Keep your seasonings simple.  We use a little bit of Worcestershire, Sea Salt and fresh pepper.
  4. Add your steaks to the grill (grates should be hot enough that you hear a sizzle).  I like to keep a stop watch (I use my phone) handy to help me time my cooking.  Here’s a good website to help you with how long you should cook them based on your preferred doneness.
  5.  If you want a cross hatch pattern on your steak, rotate it 1/4 of a turn on each side after about 30 seconds after you put them on the grill.
  6. Once cooked, pull them off the grill and let them sit for a couple of minutes before eating.

If you really want to amp up your steaks a bit, sauté some onions and mushrooms in a little bit of butter and Worcester sauce and serve them with your steak.

That’s all there is to it!  If I can master steaks on the grill, you can too 🙂

Enjoy!

 

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