According to the Drummond family, a steak dinner can do no wrong! And in the summertime, it's even better when cooked on the barbecue. Just ask Ladd Drummond who often throws a steak on the grill after a long day on the ranch. "Anytime Ladd has cooked for me, he's made steak. He'll take a saucepan out to the grill, melt butter, and brush it onto the steaks with salt and pepper. Doesn't get any better!" Ree says. But, if you're wondering exactly how to grill steak and how to tell when your steak is done, we've got the answers! Read on to find out more.
For this lesson in cooking steak, we'll go over the step-by-step process for grilling steak, including how to season steak and how long to grill steak for perfectly juicy meat every time. Whether you're prepping for Father's Day dinner, a 4th of July menu, or simply a summer cookout, you won't want to miss these tips for grilling steak. We promise it's easier than you might think. In fact, once you know whether you like your steak rare, medium rare, or even well done, getting your steak on the table will be a breeze. And, when it comes to grilling steak, just take it from Ree: "Don't be intimidated; it's one of the easiest things in the world to cook, and it'll make your soul sing." Truer words have never been spoken.
So, what are you waiting for? Fire up the grill for your next summer dinner!
How do you grill steak like a pro?
For those who like easy grilling recipes, look no further than a grilled steak dinner. All you need to do is follow along with the steps below and you'll be serving up perfectly grilled steak in no time!
Buy the steak
First things first, you'll need to head to the supermarket or local butcher to pick out your meat. Choose from this list of steaks that are best for grilling. Depending on which steak you choose—whether it's flank steak, T-bone, or tenderloin—will determine how long you need to grill the meat. Thicker steaks, like rib-eyes or porterhouses, will take a bit longer to cook compared to thinner/leaner steaks, like skirt steak, which benefits from a marinade and a quick cook time on the grill.
Prep the steak
That leads to our next step: prepping the meat! Be sure to bring your steak to room temperature at least 30 minutes before grilling—a cold steak won't cook evenly. Then, pat the steak very dry with a paper towel and season generously with salt and pepper on both sides. You can also choose to marinate your steak or add your seasoning of choice. For Ree Drummond, lemon-pepper seasoning is a must-have!
Grill the steak
Finally, fire up your grill and make sure it's nice and hot! Whether you're using a charcoal grill or a gas grill, you'll want to be sure to preheat your grill before adding the steaks. Sear the steaks, rotating and flipping often, to get a nice crust. Then, grab a meat thermometer—this thing will save you from overcooking (or under cooking) your glorious piece of meat. Seriously, if there's one grill tool you need when it comes to cooking steak, it’s a meat thermometer.
Here's how to use it: Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the steak (avoiding the bone or fat) and follow the temperature guide below. How long you grill the steak will depend on your desired doneness. But remember, the temperature of the meat will continue to rise after it's removed from the grill, so you’ll want to remove the steak when it reaches about 5˚ lower than the temperatures below.
A word of advice from Ree Drummond:
"Remember, you can always throw a steak back on the grill if it's too red for your taste, but you can't undo it if it's overcooked!"
Grilled Steak Temperatures
Rare: 125 to 130˚ (very red/pink)
Medium Rare: 130 to 135˚ (pink)
Medium: 135 to 145˚ (slightly pink)
Medium-Well: 145 to 150˚ (mostly brown)
Well-Done: 155˚ or higher (all brown)
Let it rest
This step is so important! Give your meat a chance to rest once it comes off the grill. This will ensure the juices stay in the meat rather than running right out. You can loosely cover the steak with foil, then let it sit for 5 minutes.
What can you serve with grilled steaks?
The options are endless! From BBQ sides to pasta salads, there are so many side dishes for steak—especially when it's made on the grill. Ladd likes the refreshing crispness of a wedge salad, but you can also choose potato salad, cornbread, or grilled vegetables. And, if you've happened to make too much steak, don't worry—you can always use the grilled meat for steak sandwiches or any one of these leftover steak recipes. They'll come in handy all summer long!