If you’re a meat lover, then there’s nothing quite like the taste of a perfectly cooked steak fresh off the grill. And what better way to cook your steak than on your Outback barbecue? It’s the perfect tool for bringing out the natural flavours and creating a delicious, charred crust that locks in all the juices.
But grilling the perfect steak isn’t always easy, and it can take some practice to get it just right. But once you’ve nailed it, you’ll find yourself cooking it again and again so it’s worth the effort.
In this blog post, we’ll share some top tips on how to cook the perfect steak on your Outback grill, so you can impress your guests or simply treat yourself to a tasty meal.
Choose the Right Steak
The first step to cooking the perfect steak is choosing the right cut of meat. Look for steaks that are at least one inch thick, these will cook more evenly and offer a more tender and moist outcome. Some of the best cuts for grilling include ribeye, sirloin, and filet mignon.
A top tip: before cooking your steak, take it out of the fridge and give it time to come to room temperature for at least 30 minutes. This will allow the meat to cook evenly and means it won’t dry out.
Seasoning Your Steak
Seasoning your steak is vital, it’ll help bring out its natural flavours. The best way to do this is with a simple rub of salt and pepper. You can also add other herbs and spices that you like, including garlic, rosemary, or thyme to give your steak an extra kick of flavour.
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can try marinating your steak overnight to infuse it with even more flavour. Some great marinade options include red wine, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, and Worcestershire sauce.
Preheat Your Grill
Before placing your steak on the grill, make sure it’s preheated to the right temperature. For medium-rare steaks, you’ll want to preheat your grill to around 375-400°F. For medium to well-done steaks, increase the temperature to around 400-450°F, depending on thickness of the steak.
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Hybrid BBQ Tips
Your hybrid BBQ will cook the perfect steak. Many grill masters swear by using coconut shell briquettes with their hybrid BBQ which are made from compressed coconut shells and burn hotter and longer than traditional charcoal. This is what makes them ideal for grilling steaks.
The key to cooking the perfect steak on your hybrid BBQ is to pay attention to the temperature and cooking time. To do this, check the temperature gauge on the hood of the BBQ or use a thermometer for even more accuracy.
Outback’s Top Tips for Grilling Steaks
Now that your grill is preheated and your steak is seasoned, it’s time to start cooking. Here are some top tips to help you grill the perfect steak:
Oil the Grates
Before placing your steak on the grill, use a brush or a paper towel to oil the grates. This will prevent the steak from sticking and help create those beautiful grill marks. Once you’re finished, make sure to clean these thoroughly to avoid ruining the flavour for future meals. A clean BBQ will also prevent fires from fat and leftover grease.
Use Our Cast Iron Steak Grill
Made specifically for grilling steak and creating that professional criss-cross finish, our Cast Iron Steak Grill is perfect for impressing your guests. You can add this grill to any of our Outback Multi Cooking Surface BBQs.
Sear the Steak
Start by searing your steak on high heat for 2-3 minutes on each side. This will create a delicious crust on the outside of the steak and lock in all the juices.
Use the Two-Zone Grilling Method
To prevent your steak from burning or overcooking, use the two-zone grilling method. This involves dividing the grill into two zones – one hot zone and one cooler zone. The hot zone is where you sear the steak to create a nice crust on the outside, while the cooler zone is where you finish cooking the steak to the desired temperature.
To set up a two-zone grill, simply light the burners on one side and leave the other side off. This will create a hot zone and a cooler zone. You can also use a charcoal grill by piling the charcoal on one side of the grill and leaving the other side empty.
Once your grill is set up, start by searing the steak on the hot zone for a few minutes on each side to create a nice crust. Then, move the steak to the cooler zone to finish cooking. This method is perfect for cooking thicker cuts of steak, as it allows you to cook the steak through without burning the outside.
The key to using the two-zone grilling method is to pay attention to the temperature of your grill and to let your steak rest before cutting into it.
Use a Meat Thermometer
The best way to know when your steak is perfectly cooked is by using a meat thermometer. For medium-rare steaks, the internal temperature should be around 135°F. For medium to well-done steaks, increase the temperature to around 145-160°F.
Buy the Outback digital thermometer or dual probe with alarm to ensure a perfectly cooked steak.
Let it Rest
Once your steak is done, it’s important to let it rest for at least 5 minutes before cutting into it. This will allow the juices to redistribute and create a more tender and flavourful steak. It also gives you time to prepare the rest of your dish while you let it rest.
For a rare steak, cook your steaks at an internal temperature of 125°F.
Cook your steak at an internal temperature between 130°F to 135°F for a medium-rare steak.
Your steak should have an internal temperature of 145°F to be medium.
For a medium-well steak, you should maintain an internal temperature of 150°F.
For a well-done steak, you can go up to an internal temperature of 160°F.
Cooking the perfect steak on your Outback barbecue grill doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With the right tools and techniques, you can create a delicious and flavourful meal that’s sure to impress your guests or satisfy your taste buds.
With these top tips and a little practice, you’ll be grilling perfect steaks on your Outback barbecue grill in no time. So fire up the grill, grab your tongs, and get ready to impress your guests with a mouth-watering meal they won’t forget.