It’s finally summer, which means we’re going to be grilling as many as our meals as possible. Number one on our to-grill list: steak, of course! Getting a perfectly grilled steak is trickier than you might think, though.
How do we get that delicious, thick, dark crust without charring it too intensely, burning it, or making it too hard to chew? Like THIS! America’s Test Kitchen did the tests, and now they’re here to show us their tried-and-true technique.
Here are a few of our favorite tips on how to achieve a perfectly cooked steak on your traditional gas grill:
1. Use a Salt Rub
Cheap cuts of meat are notoriously chewy and flavorless, which is a shame for those grocery shoppers on a budget. But rather than spend a ridiculous amount of money on a good cut of meat, you can upgrade your steak with one simple trick: a salt rub.
Truthfully, no matter how cheap or expensive your meat, a salt rub should always be an essential. Take a big handful of salt and rub it on both sides of your meat, then let the meat sit out at room temperature for an hour.
It might seem contrary to your instinct to leave meat out on the counter for an hour, but it’s essential to allow the salt to seep into the steak. This will allow moisture to come out of the steak to make it VERY juicy and flavorful, all way the way through the thick cut.
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