I eat steak for dinner practically every day. For the longest time I did not eat a lot of meat. Not to shock you but I was also skinny then. I just never particularly liked the taste of it. Until I discovered the taste of grilled steak. I started lifting weights a few years back and I knew I had to start eating a lot of meat if I wanted to grow. I was looking for a quick and easy way to cook meat and decided to give grilling a try. So I got an old gas grill (probably 40 years old) from a friend of mine and started learning how to make steaks and burgers on it. Where I come from we don’t use grills. I had to learn this from scratch. After many trial and error over the last few years I’m consistently able to grill a great steak every time. I like grilled meat because:
1. IT TASTES AWESOME
2. CHEAP (relatively)
You can get an old grill from a friend/relative or on Craigslist for 0-50 bucks. Propane gas is cheap. It’s $20 to fill a 5 gallon tank where I live and it lasts me 2 months of almost daily grilling. But keep in mind that most of the time I’m grilling for one person. You’d need to buy a propane tank though. Get two tanks so when one runs out of propane in the middle of cooking you could switch to the second one right away and keep grilling. Refill the empty one later.
Steaks especially better cuts of beef are not particularly cheap but they are not super expensive either.
For an inch thick steak it takes 5 minutes of grilling on each side for how I like it which is medium. For a total of 10 minutes cooking time. Plus 10 minute to prepare all the ingredients and heat the grill. Then I let the steak rest for 3-5 minutes under aluminium foil. You have a great tasting nutritious dinner for under 30 min total.
Get the steak out, salt it liberally on both sides. You’re done. If you take the steak out of the fridge (not freezer) there is no need to wait for it to get down to room temperature.
The basic rules for a great tasting steak are:
1. Buy quality meat.
No matter how good your grilling skills are or how expensive your grill is if you buy cheap cuts of meat you’re not going to make a great steak or a burger. I personally don’t do any marinating I prefer my meat straight with salt and sometimes a little pepper. The meat you see in the photo I bought at Whole Foods store. You can also find good meat in a local butcher shop. The steaks are about a pound each raw and about an inch thick. I really like New York strip for it’s great quality to price ratio. There are however plenty of other cuts of beef you can experiment with.
2. Heat the grill.
Just leave it on high for a few minutes. How long depends on your grill. Mine takes about 8-10 minutes to heat up to high.
3. Place steak on the grill,
close the lid and don’t touch it until it’s time to turn it over. Normally after I put the steak on I reduce the heat to low medium. It’s enough to sustain the high heat and not burn the meat excessively. I put a timer on so I don’t forget. Depending on the thickness of the steak I would keep it on anywhere from 2-6 minutes on each side. You need to know your grill and that comes with experience using it. Timing will vary somewhat from grill to grill I assume.
2. Turn it once. Don’t mess with it just turn it over and leave it be.
3. It’s ready, take it off the grill. Once I take it off I cover it with foil and let it sit for a few minutes.
4. Serve. I usually eat my steak with plenty of fresh vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, celery and raw onions. I feel like fresh raw vegetables enhance and supplement the flavor of a freshly grilled meat. That’s just how I like it. Beer works great with it too.