Tips For Grilling Steaks on a Gas Grill

By Andre Savoie

Grilled to Perfection: Tips to Keep the Sizzle in Your Gas Grilled Steak

Are you tired of guessing the best ways to prepare the grill and the meat? Have you eaten enough over-cooked, dry steak? Have you wondered how restaurants produce those steaks with the picture perfect grilling pattern? If you answered 'yes' to any of those questions, then you will appreciate these simple tips. Here are some answers to common questions about grilling steaks.

  • What temperature? Before you get started, determine how everyone likes their steak cooked. Use the highest heat for rare or medium-rare, and medium heat for medium or well-done. This sounds counterintuitive, but the rarer steaks need to cook fast at a high heat in order to sear the outside and keep the inside rare. The more well-done steaks should cook slowly on a medium heat in order to avoid burning the outside and drying out the inside.

  • How to prepare the grill? Oil the grill by brushing a thin layer of oil on the grates. You can also rub the steak fat onto the grate using tongs.

  • How to prepare the meat? While the grill is heating, remove the steaks from the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature before placing on the grill. Rinse and trim the fat.

  • How to treat the meat? Keep the steaks moist and tender by coating with a thin layer of cooking oil and the seasoning of your choice. A little salt and as much pepper as you like are good default seasonings. You can also try garlic powder, or a dash of cayenne pepper.

  • When to flip the steak? Look for signs that the steak is starting to bleed through. You'll see small red spots, which will tell you it's time to flip the steak over.

  • Although you only need to flip it once, flipping it multiple times will create a nice criss-cross pattern. Grill each steak for one minute. Turn on the grill on the other side for one minute. Then, turn and replace at a 45-degree angle for half of the remaining cooking time. Turn once more at a different 45-degree angle for the final minutes on the grill.
  • How long should it cook? Although a thermometer (see below) is suggested, it's good to have a general idea of how long to cook each steak. Here are some general guidelines, depending on the thickness of the steak:
    • 1" Thick Steaks - Rare 8-10 minutes, Medium 12-14 minutes, Well 16-20 minutes

    • 1 1/2" Thick Steaks - Rare 10-16 minutes, Medium 16-20 minutes, Well 22-26 minutes

    • 2" Thick Steaks - Rare 12-16 minutes, Medium 18-22 minutes, Well 24-28 minutes

  • When is the meat done? We all know the cut and look method to determine of the meat is done. This isn't ideal, because if it's too late, then you've overcooked the steak. If it's too soon, then you run the risk of drying out the meat. This is the perfect time to use a meat thermometer, ideally a meat fork.
  • When is the meat ready to eat? The steak continues to cook for abut 5minutes after you remove it from the grill. Keep this in mind when determining the optimal temperature for your preferred 'doneness'. Let the steaks rest for 5 minutes before eating.

Few things say summer like the sizzle and aroma of a steak cooking on your gas grill. Grilling the perfect steak may be easier than you realize. And if you follow these easy tips, you'll be sure to dazzle your guests and family. Just remember that with a little preparation, some patience, and the right tools, grilling the perfect steak to please everyone is easy. Follow these tips, and you can just sit back and relax. Let your grill do the work for you.

Andre' Savoie writes for who offers high quality Lynx BBQ grills brands. We also offer articles that will teach you how to best use your grill including steak grilling tips.

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Big Green Egg Grill - Smoking and BBQ

By H Krafston

The great thing about the Big Green Egg Grill is the diversity of cooking choices that you have available to you, including the option of smoking foods, grilling, as well as outdoor baking.

The Green Egg Grill is a well designed barbecue that's easy to set up and very simple to use. It is available in a number of different sizes, depending on the amount of cooking that you need to do. It comes in a mini version, what they call an original version, large, and extra large. Obviously the more food that you tend to cook with each barbecue, or the more guests that you entertain, then the more cooking space you need. This will usually lead you to one of the larger models. If you're in doubt give the company a call since their customer service is excellent.

This grill is very functional in all types of weather. So even if you live in northern climates you can obtain great cooking results even in the middle of winter when it's snowing and cold. The key is the unique shape and construction of the BBQ which uses ceramic for the walls. The ceramic material can withstand very cold temperatures, and it also allows the grill to heat up to as much as 1800°F. Of course when you're outside cooking in the middle of a snowstorm your next door neighbor may think that you're a bit odd, but they won't think so the next time you invite them over to try some of your barbecued food.

The construction of the Green Egg Grill allows it to maintain a consistent temperature for a long time even though you are using traditional charcoal. For example, if you want to slow cook ribs or other meets at a very low temperature, say 250°F for several hours you don't have to worry about temperature variations nearly as much as you would with a normal BBQ.

This barbecue is very versatile and allows you to slow cook your food, but it's also great for smoking meats and grilling different types of vegetables and fish. You can also use this grill to simulate a brick oven to cook pizzas with exceptionally flavorful. Everyone's heard about the famous fire cooked pizzas in New York, and this grill can simulate those conditions with the extreme heating and brick ceramic walls.

As well, there are a number of accessories that are made specifically for this grill, including a walk gadget that allows you to stir fry rice or vegetables very easily. Another accessory that many people will find useful is the handy fish great. Grilling fish has always been a difficult thing for many people to master, because it is very easy to overcook fish and lose all of the flavor and enjoyment. With this barbecue even the most novice chef should be able to create tender fish dishes with the slow consistent cooking.

This is a long-lasting product, and your investment should last for many years. Conventional barbecues cannot come close to some of the flavors that are achievable with the Green Egg Grill.

Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of the Green Egg Grill for smoking and barbequing. The information packed Big Green Egg Grill website will teach you everything you need to know about selecting your next BBQ.

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Pita Chips - Making Them Easy

Barbecue's big flavors often call for a collection of robust sides. Often times a backyard cookout is accompanied by some cheap potato chips. Here's a way to dress it up and offer a slightly healthier (baked) alternative. Sure you can buy pita chips in the store, but they tend to be small overpriced bags and not enough for small gathering.

Go ahead and try to make these chips at home they're super easy and we nailed it on the first try.

Garlic Pita Chips

1-2 packages pita bread

Olive oil

Seasoned salt

Garlic powder

Olive oil spray

  • Cut pita bread in half, then cut each half into four triangles and separate each triangle.

  • Place chips on baking sheets lined with parchment paper and brush heavily with olive oil.

  • Sprinkle salt and garlic powder over all. (One side only for best result.)

  • Bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes.

  • Flip chips and spray with olive oil spray.

  • Bake 6-8 more minutes until golden brown. (For convection, use 325 degrees and only 6 minutes on the second round.)

  • Drain on a paper towel and serve with your favorite dip!