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One thing that has turned me off on most steakhouses, is the high price and not getting the steak I really wanted when I ordered it. I have found out that I can cook one just as well, actually even better than some of the top chef's simply because I know exactly what I want in the finished product.

Now here are my ideas on the perfect steak and how to cook them to make the perfect steak to eat and enjoy. I know that others may have different methods and that's totally fine. These are just my methods of whatIi know turns out what I consider the perfect steak.

First of all, the first step IMO is the most important, since it's the main ingredient, the steak! First you need a good cut of meat with the perfect amount of fat to meat ratio. It needs some fat IMO, since that is part of what gives the steak it's flavor and moisture. Some people will trim off some of the fat along the edges if there seems to be too much. personally, I like it there and leave it. if possible, find a small grocery store with a meat department that will cut meat items to order. these are becoming harder to find, but they are out there and the meat is IMO way much better than any you will find in the big chain grocery stores. I like mine at least an inch to an inch and quarter in thickness. To me that is just about the perfect thickness for any steak. much more than that, it's a roast! sirloin, porterhouse, rib-eye, or T-bone, makes no difference. Choose what you like. And there are other great cuts as well, like a New York strip, or a Kansas City strip or flatiron. So go out and find that little grocery with a meat department and find your perfect steak!

Next important thing for me is the fire in the grille. Gotta have lots of hot fire to cook a steak. This is grilling, not smoking meat! I use a combination of charcoal briquets and hardwood. adds a little more heat with the coals when the hardwood burns down, plus adds some bit of smokey flavor to the steak. Just adds to the flavor of what I like in a steak. You can tell it was cooked outdoors, rather than in the oven under the broiler. Totally different flavor profiles to me. I like to cook mine about 5-6" off the coals, once they have become coals.

Next, is the seasoning. Now, I use a couple of different methods of seasoning for my steaks, but, what I do adhere to is simpler is better when it comes to steak IMO. One is just simple sea salt and course ground black pepper. that's it. Another one I like is garlic pepper and sea salt. Sometimes if I want to amp things up a bit, I will use some Cajun blackening seasoning. Love the flavor of that seasoning, and it works on so many different types of meat that you might grille outdoors. that stuff is awesome tasting. Then I like my meat to rest after seasoning at room temp for at least 20-30 minutes before cooking on the grille. I use to years ago, would marinate a steak before grilling it, but I haven't done that in close to twenty years now. The only steak I will marinate anymore is steak I'm grilling for fajita's. That's it. Now after the steaks are at room temp or close, and right before they go on the hot grille, I lightly spray them with vegetable oil on both sides and place them on the grille. You should hear a loud sizzle if the grille is properly hot enough. Now mine has an expanded metal grille, so it leaves nice pretty grill marks if it's at the right heat and hot enough as it should be. Now this is where you have to find out what is the proper amount of time for your grille and your desired doneness. I like a medium to medium rare doneness for my steaks. Very moist dark pink to light red in the center. I personally hate a well done steak, but I also don't want one so rare, that a good vet could have it back on it's feet in ten minutes either! Some people like that. One that still bleeding and bawling! But you just have to find the perfect time to turn it over, and I personally don't like to turn mine over but once during the cooking. I also like to keep a spray bottle with water for huge flare-ups. Minor ones that are cooking and singing that fat on the edges, till it's a bit dark and crusty is good. But you don't want to cook with the fire, but the coals. So a little is good, but too much fire flaring up is bad. Just a little. Now for me, mine come out just about perfect at 4-6 minutes a side. So about 8-12 minutes of total cooking time is just about perfect on my grille for a medium to medium rare steak.. Now I like to let my steaks rest in their own juices, as well as apply some real melted butter on the top of the steaks while they are resting. I like to let mine rest about 5-10 minutes before serving. while they are resting, they are still cooking just a little bit as well as you see all those lovely steak juices running out on the plate. sheer deliciousness! Now I might drizzle a bit of Worchestshire sauce on top of mine, but that's about it. Some like a steak sauce. I refuse to eat a steak with ketchup. If you need ketchup with a steak, then it's poor cut of meat, and wasn't cooked properly. that is just a fact of life for me.

Now I have worked long on perfecting these methods for myself, and just wanted to share them with others. My methods are not the only way to turn out a great tasting steak, but just what is perfect for me and what I have to cook steaks with over the years, and what I know that each and every time, will always turn out that great steak that we like.
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Re: Steak, It's What's For Dinner! Or How To Cook The Perfect Steak.
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2019, 09:45:24 PM »
My grille that I use for cooking steaks is very simple, and one I made out of an old water heater tank. Grilling surface is just some thick expanded metal with handles on the ends. It sits about 4-5" above the coals, and has a lid as well. The lid works really great when cooking the last few minutes for hamburgers, and melting the cheese on the burgers right before serving!
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Re: Steak, It's What's For Dinner! Or How To Cook The Perfect Steak.
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2019, 10:04:45 PM »
I like to get a cast iron pan smoking hot.
Drop in a good size 2" thick Delmonico,, and flip it ONE time to medium, with no blood.
 I also put fresh mushrooms in the pan. Gotta have shrooms. Baked tater,, and get that damn salad the hell outta here. WHAT WRONG WITH YOU ?  :th_thicon_funny:

IMO,,, With a good steak, you should be putting any sauce on it.
I wanna taste the beef.

But you gotta find a good cut thats been on a cow thats been grained up then seasoned.

I wont even buy meat at most places. Its frozen instantly and NOT seasoned.
 Ive been told thats why it has no taste. ( like wallyworlds cardboard they claim is beef. )
Luckily, My Uncle raises Beef cows. So if the local butcher gets some with no flavor,, I go see my Uncle. He not only grains them up big time the WHOLE time they are being raised from a calf, he seasons his for a week to 10 days in a meat locker too.
I go help him grind chop all the time. I cant believe how much chop he goes through.

But is sure shows when the cast iron pan comes out.  :rocknroll2:
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Re: Steak, It's What's For Dinner! Or How To Cook The Perfect Steak.
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2019, 10:26:48 PM »
The best places to get a great cut of steak are the smaller family run grocery stores. Problem is, they are getting fewer and farther now. We still have a small grocery that has meat department in back, and they will cut steaks to order for you. We have gotten really great cuts of meat there, so for steaks, it's the only place we shop. Plus, their prices are very reasonable too.

In some of the larger cities or towns, you might be able to find some specialty meat markets that carry great cuts of steak. Unless a grocery store chain has their own meat department, and will cut or grind meat for you to order, don't even bother buying steak at one. Not worth it. They are pre-packaged and totally lacking in flavor to me.
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Re: Steak, It's What's For Dinner! Or How To Cook The Perfect Steak.
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2019, 10:35:42 PM »
Its been about the same here.
We had 2 good local butcher shops for years and years that we only bought our beef from. They bought from local farmers. Once in a great while you might get a bad steak. And they would ALWAYS replace it if you went in and told them., They seemed to pay attention to WHO's meat they were getting complaints on, and then would not buy from that source again.
But the past couple years, the one butcher, Ive seen FFE meat trucks in there in the early AM unloading. That tells me that meat is probably coming form the stock yards in Nebraska, or Kansas. Their meat flavor went to crap after that. And some of its so tough the dog cant chew it.
The other butcher still buys local, but its not perfect 100% of the time either. But I think thats due to farmers cutting corners and not graining them up enough. Still better than wally world cardboard though.
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Re: Steak, It's What's For Dinner! Or How To Cook The Perfect Steak.
« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2019, 11:02:55 PM »
WalMart steaks are some of the worst excuses for being called a steak! They aren't even fit for me to feed my dogs with.

I don't know where our local small grocery store is sourcing their beef from, but wherever it is, it's damn good source. We have never been disappointed in their steaks yet, in over 15 years now.

This has always been my thoughts on steak, is that if you need a bunch of fancy spices, or sauces, or even a marinade for a steak to have flavor, or tenderness, then you need to find a better place to buy a better cut of steak.
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Re: Steak, It's What's For Dinner! Or How To Cook The Perfect Steak.
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2019, 09:11:52 AM »
When in Boy Scouts, I cooked steaks directly on the coals. 
The conducted heat seemed to cook more consistently and surprisingly fast, giving less time for the steak to dry out. 
Havenít seen anyone do that lately. 
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Re: Steak, It's What's For Dinner! Or How To Cook The Perfect Steak.
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2019, 12:56:46 PM »
When in Boy Scouts, I cooked steaks directly on the coals. 
The conducted heat seemed to cook more consistently and surprisingly fast, giving less time for the steak to dry out. 
Havenít seen anyone do that lately.

One of my old cookbooks on outdoor cooking, (written in the 1950's!) actually has a recipe for cooking steak just like that! I have been tempted to try it out a couple of times, but the wife shakes her head no, and gives me a very dirty look!  :th_nuts:
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Re: Steak, It's What's For Dinner! Or How To Cook The Perfect Steak.
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2019, 04:23:09 PM »
When in Boy Scouts, I cooked steaks directly on the coals. 
The conducted heat seemed to cook more consistently and surprisingly fast, giving less time for the steak to dry out. 
Havenít seen anyone do that lately.

One of my old cookbooks on outdoor cooking, (written in the 1950's!) actually has a recipe for cooking steak just like that! I have been tempted to try it out a couple of times, but the wife shakes her head no, and gives me a very dirty look!  :th_nuts:

The trick is to let all the coals burn down and blow all the ash away.  If you do it right, she'll never know where it was cooked.
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Re: Steak, It's What's For Dinner! Or How To Cook The Perfect Steak.
« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2019, 06:39:59 AM »
When in Boy Scouts, I cooked steaks directly on the coals. 
The conducted heat seemed to cook more consistently and surprisingly fast, giving less time for the steak to dry out. 
Havenít seen anyone do that lately.

One of my old cookbooks on outdoor cooking, (written in the 1950's!) actually has a recipe for cooking steak just like that! I have been tempted to try it out a couple of times, but the wife shakes her head no, and gives me a very dirty look!  :th_nuts:

The trick is to let all the coals burn down and blow all the ash away.  If you do it right, she'll never know where it was cooked.

I'm going to get my old cookbook out and re-read it again. I may have to give this a try.

And I cooked burgers again last night! Served them with some homemade french fries, and Ranch Style beans.
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