5 Simple Grilling Tips
May 23, 2018 |
- Look for a good grade.
Often times when you get your steak from the grocery store, you aren’t sure what, if any, grade of meat you’re getting. It’s important to shop for meat that is graded because it ensures you are getting a quality product. At Main Entrée, we only offer Upper Two Thirds Choice or higher.
- Check the marbling.
When you’re looking for a good steak, you want to check for marbling. Marbling refers to the fat content that contributes to the meat’s juiciness and flavor. A high-quality steak will have a lot of marbling. What does marbling look like? It should be pure white and hard, usually distributed well throughout the entire cut of meat. When the steak cooks, the fat melts and imparts incredible flavor.
- Get your steak to room temperature.
While the easiest thing to do seems like taking your steak from refrigerator to grill, it’s important not to over look a crucial step in between. You need to make sure that you take your steak out about 20 minutes prior to cooking so it can reach room temperature. This will get your steak closer to the final serving temperature.
- Don’t overdo it.
The last thing you want to do to a good piece of steak is turn it to shoe leather! Monitor your internal temperature with a good thermometer. For rare, we suggest you stop cooking at 115°-125°. For medium-rare, we suggest 120°-130°. For medium, we suggest 130°-140° and for medium-well, we suggest pulling your steak off at 140°-150°. Keep in mind the temperature will rise as you let your steak rest.
- Let it rest.
It can be tempting to dive right in to your steak as soon as it’s off the grill, but it’s very important to let it rest. This will help seal in the juices for maximum flavor.
We hope our grilling tips help you achieve the perfect steak this summer! Be sure to check out our grilling section for all of the best items for your barbecue.