How to barbecue a steak perfectly every time

This bank holiday weekend is supposed to be a good one in parts of the country. With it being the last one before August, there are going to be lots of barbecues being used over the coming few days. Which usually results in burnt offerings to hungry people. Burning perfectly good steak on the barbecue isn’t how you make yourself popular!

With that in mind, here are some basic guidelines to barbecuing steak perfectly every time.

Perfect BBQ steaks

The rules for a successful barbecued steak is the same for pan frying or grilling. If you can pan fry a good steak, you should be able to barbecue one.

  1. Remove the steak from the fridge an hour before cooking. Keep covered and out of direct sunlight but somewhere they can come up to ambient temperature.
  2. Get your barbecue hot. If you use gas, set it to its highest setting. If you use charcoal, load the barbecue up and let the charcoals burn until they go grey. Once grey, they are ready to cook.
  3. Oil and season your steaks to taste on both sides and place on the barbecue grill. Leave them alone until it is time to turn. Do not be tempted to fiddle with them.
  4. Turn them over with barbecue tongs, not a fork as you will lose juice that way.
  5. Cook according to taste and remove from the heat. Allow to rest for around 5 minutes. Cover to keep flies away but allow steam to escape.
  6. Slice or serve with accompaniments as you see fit.

As you can see, this is much the same as frying a steak. Use a light coating of vegetable or rapeseed oil and season the meat as you like it. Don’t fuss with the meat as it cooks, just leave it alone. Turn once and finish cooking.

Use the usual methods for checking doneness and don’t be tempted to slide into it to check as you will lose untold amount of steak juice that way.

If you follow these simple rules, you can cook a perfect steak every time. If it’s sunny where you are this weekend, get outside and enjoy it. We don’t get many sunny Bank Holidays so it pays to make the most of them when we do!

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