Apr 6, 2009

Cook The PERFECT Steak, Every Darn Time! (TIP)

I am from Texas. (ok.. well I wasn't born here... but I got here as fast as I could! gimmie a break will ya?)

And, as anyone from Texas will tell you, We take our steaks and other red meats very seriously.
Cook at steak wrong and they'll kick you plum out of the state!

When I was on the Wife Swap TV show, I had to throw a swanky dinner party the first night. I cooked steaks. They all asked... "How did you get each steak cooked so perfectly?!?"

I taught them this little handy trick.
Follow these simple tips and you'll cook the perfect steak each and every time!

Of course, you should start with a great cut of beef.
This one will work.

And, Yes.. cook it using HIGH HEAT
Preferably using a wood-fire.

If you have a wood-fire and a good cut of meat, you really don't need much more!
Great Beef doesn't need much seasoning.
Maybe a little salt & pepper...

The first rule of cooking steak is do not puncture it!!

Don't fiddle with it and poke it with a fork or cut into it with a knife checking for doness. Puncturing the meat only allows the juices to run OUT of the meat.. juices are goooood, we want em in there! Use tongs for cryin out loud!

Season it and cook it as you wish....
I use a good wood fire. HOT to sear it on both sides.
But after you get that far, how do you know how done it is without cutting into it to look??

I do it all by feel.
wanna know how to feel your steak like a pro?
Here we go.

Lay your hand on the table....
Let it relax.
with your other index finger... feel the meaty part of your hand.
This is what a Rare steak feels like.

Now, take your index finger and let it join up with your thumb making a circle,
not flat like this picture. (think like an OK sign).
Feel it again...
This is what Medium-Rare feels like.

Now... do the same thing with your thumb and middle finger...
Yep, you guessed it!
This is what Medium feels like!
(easy huh?)

Thumb and ring finger?
You got it!
This is what Medium-Well feels like!

Put your thumb and pinkie fingers together.
This is what a Well-Done steak feels like!

Wasn't that easy??
A little practice and you'll be cooking steaks to perfection every darn time! (just like a Texan!)

Go forth and Grill baby!!

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8 amazing comments. Talk To Me!!:

Cindy said...

Holy cats!! This is the best tip I have had!!!! I'm a yankee, and yankees just can't cook a good steak!! LOL!! We have a wood fired grill and it makes the best of everything.....can't wait to try out the doneness trick!

Katidids said...

This is a GREAT TIP! I'll have to have the "Grill-master" try that....God forbid I should touch his grill!

Anonymous said...

Awesome tip! Will have to show dh as I don't cook, let alone grill. :}

sue said...

What an awesome tip. I once asked a cook at a steak house how to tell how done the meat was. His answer. you just guess.

by the way I did learn later that you can tell by feel but no one has ever shown me that example. So it was still guess.

Anita said...

Thanks so much for this great tip.

Elyse said...

Great tip! You're making me hungry for some great steaks!

Alli Worthington {@alliworthington} said...

brilliant tips! love em.

Romi said...

very good! thanks

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