When the weather warms up and the sun stays in the sky long into the evening, there’s no better way to enjoy a night in the backyard than grilling the perfect steak. Paired with your favorite beverage, a steak grill out is sure to be the recipe for true summer relaxation.
But with so many different cuts of steak available, and so many different grilled steak recipes to try, it can be overwhelming to find the right option. The best thing you can do as an aspiring backyard grillmaster is choose one recipe and master it, rather than trying a dozen different recipes each week.
Find a recipe that you want to master, using one of your favorite cuts, and try it over and over again until you get it just right. Here are some of the best steak recipes to try mastering on the grill today.
Skirt Steak Tacos
Looking for an authentic, homemade taco recipe that is perfect for sharing with friends and family? Try grilling skirt steak to serve on homemade corn tortillas. Keep the tacos simple by adding a bit of salsa and sour cream or creme fraiche.
To give the steak some flavor, season it with salt, sugar, cayenne pepper, and paprika. Drizzle it with olive oil. Let it sit out at room temperature while the grill gets up to temp.
Drop the steak onto the hottest part of the grill and flip after two minutes. After another two minutes, take it off the grill. You want this thin, narrow cut to remain rare.
Slice it into thin strips and serve in a tortilla with salsa and cream, and any other desired toppings of choice.
Looking for flank steak recipes? Flank steak technically isn’t steak, as it comes from the cow’s belly muscles. But it’s delicious when prepared properly.
It has almost no fat and is quite tough. This means you need to marinate it before cooking it over high heat. With the right marinade, flank steak can melt in your mouth once it’s removed from the grill.
If you are going for a Mexican dish, making carne asada is a great option. But for a different take on this cut of meat, try marinating it in soy sauce, garlic, and honey.
Give it at least a couple of hours marinating in the fridge. Overnight is best for maximum flavor and minimum toughness.
Once the grill is scorching hot, toss the flank side on the hot part of the grill for about a minute on each side to give the outside a nice char. Then, move it to the cooler end of the grill to cook internally for a couple of minutes.
When it’s done cooking, let the steak rest in some aluminum foil, away from the grill, for about 10 minutes. Once it’s ready to eat, cut it up in slices across the grain in order to break up the muscle fibers and make it more enjoyable to chew.
Looking for the best-grilled steak recipe? The tomahawk steak, otherwise known as cowboy steak, is probably the best option.
These are some of the highest quality cuts of meat. Each tomahawk steak can easily weigh up to a few pounds. That’s why it’s vital to know how to cook these ahead of time, so you don’t waste such a valuable hunk of meat.
You can get complex with how you prepare, or you can keep it simple and have it come out just as delicious. A simple seasoning of salt and pepper, and maybe a little garlic is perfect.
Make sure your grill has a hotter and cooler section, one for searing and one for slow, internal cooking. Because it’s such a big piece of meat, the use of a meat thermometer is recommended.
Grilled Ribeye Steak
It’s hard to beat a classic ribeye steak recipe. While similar to that of a tomahawk steak, a bone-in ribeye steak generally weighs about two lbs.
All you really need is some salt, pepper, and olive oil to make the flavor of this steak pop. Before cooking, season it with freshly ground pepper.
Cook on each side for six to eight minutes. Once removed from the grill, add the salt, slice it up, and enjoy.
Porterhouse Grilled Steak Recipes
Almost any steak can be made using as few ingredients as possible. It really just comes down to the cooking time and searing process.
The porterhouse steak is no exception. You’ll want it to come up to room temperature before cooking, which can take about half an hour on a large porterhouse.
Then, cover the steak with a generous portion of salt and pepper. Throw it on the grill for about six minutes on each side, until you have a zesty-looking crust on the outside. These steaks are best served rare, so don’t let it cook too long.
Once removed from the grill, let the steak rest for about 10 minutes. Then, cut the meat off the bone and slice the steak against the grain and enjoy all the rare meat goodness on the inside.
Flat Iron Steak
And of course, we would be remiss to not mention a grilled flat iron steak recipe. You’ll want to prepare this steak ahead of time, as you’ll want it to marinade for at least two hours.
Put the steak in a bag with oil, parsley, chives, and lemon juice. When ready to cook, the let steak drip off any excess marinade, and coat it with salt and pepper.
Cook it on the grill for about five minutes on each side. Then let it rest for five minutes before cutting into it. Medium rare is perfect for this cut of meat.
Improve Your Grilling Skills
There are so many grilled steak recipes to try that it’s hard to narrow it down into one list. For the most part, you should choose and master one recipe for each of your favorite cuts of meat.
If you are serious about you’re cooking skills, you should write down your recipe and cooking method, along with the end result. That way, you can actually work to improve each time you fire up the grill.
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