Mom at The Grill (Surprise Dad With The Perfect Steak)
For Mother's Day it's pretty typical for moms to get the day off (or so we hope), with Dad making breakfast, maybe taking the kids, sending mom off to enjoy a quiet day by herself. When it comes to Father's Day, however, this is not usually the case.
Dad may instead have the typical tie bestowed upon him, grilling essentials may be gifted, sometimes even the entire grill. But this year, why not surprise the men in your life with a dad-sized dinner made just for him. A well-cooked steak (I suggest tenderloin [pictured above], porterhouse or t-bone) can be just the ticket to winning Dad over on his day.
There are a few basic grilling techniques that will help you get close to your version of that perfect grilling beauty:
1. Start with a hot grill. You can't just turn the grill on and toss the steak on. A grill is like an oven, and you need to preheat first.
2. Take your steak out of the refrigerator a bit before you're going to grill it. Letting your steak warm up some will make for even grilling. If the interior of your steak is cold, for example, it will take longer to reach the right temperature and lead to a tougher exterior.
3. Keep the lid closed. This allows heat to build up all around the meat and again, result in a shorter cooking time.
How to grill a steak:
Preheat your grill (charcoal or gas) on the highest setting. 500 degrees is a good target. Place the steaks on to sear for about 2 minutes per side over high heat. After that, season with salt and pepper and move the steaks to a cooler part of the grill and continue to monitor until the desired level of doneness is achieved.
Use a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the steak and remove the steaks from the grill about five degrees below the target temperature. Cover the steaks with foil and let them rest for five to ten minutes. This will allow the carryover heat to bring the steaks up to the necessary temperature and will redistribute the juices.
Use the following guide to determine the proper temperature:
160 + Well done