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Saturday, September 24, 2011

New York Strip Steaks on Charcoal Grill

My husband and I are steak lovers!  Our criteria is the meat must be organic, hormone free beef, it must be cut thick and the steaks must be grilled to perfection.  The best grilled steaks are those grilled on charcoal.  Yes, you can get good results on a natural gas or propane grill and suitable results on an electric grill but the best tasting steaks are those grilled on charcoal.

New York strip steaks on charcoal grill
Our new outdoor grill has charcoal and propane compartments.  I would hazard a guess that the charcoal compartment will get a lot more use than the propane one.  Grilling with charcoal takes a bit more planning and effort.  Unlike grilling with natural gas or propane, grilling with charcoal takes about 15 minutes to get the coals covered with grey ash suitable for the proper temperature for grilling.  The temperature on our grill can be determined by the temperature gauge but it is good to know the hand test to judge the temperature as well.  Once the coals are ready for grilling it may be necessary to move them around to get a suitable even grilling surface.  When the coals are ready with an even grilling surface, grill the steaks as normal.  You can create a nice grill cross-hatch mark by turning the steaks a quarter turn once the first hatch mark is created.  Flip the steak then repeat for lovely cross-hatch mark on the other side.  When grilling steaks do not flip more than once and do not ever, ever, ever puncture the meat at that will cause the steak to dry out while losing flavour.  Oh and the steaks tasted every bit as good as they looked!  Simply divine...


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