by Max Bellamy
Steaks are the most palatable when they are grilled. The best steak for grilling is the sirloin steak, but it tends to be a bit tough. The T-bone steak and the porterhouse steak are both excellent choices and the bone in them give them an added flavor. Rib-eye steaks also grill well, as do the rib steaks. Filet mignon steaks do not generally find their way to the backyard barbeques owing to their steep prices. Thick steaks grill well than thin ones - the thin ones tend to form a hard crust, which interferes with the cooking of the interior of the steak.
There's nothing comparable to a backyard barbeque on a pleasant summer day - and what better ingredient to barbeque than a steak!
For grilling, a good marbled steak is preferred. The marbling of a steak is the shreds of white fat that are visible in the red meat. More the specks of fat; better will be their flavor. Most of the fat liquefies while cooking and the steak simmers in its own fat giving it an incomparable taste.
The basic trick of a good grilled steak is not in the actual grilling process, but in the marinade. Marinating must be done not earlier than 2-3 hours of the grilling, unless it is a flank steak, in which case it can be marinated overnight. Acidic liquids are the best marinades, such as curds, lemon juice and tomato juice; even whiskey and wine. Marinades make the steaks tender and easier to grill.
Another important factor for the grilling is the barbeque grill. It is wise to buy decent charcoal and lighter fluid. Cheap varieties would burn non-uniformly and this would not grill the steak evenly. The coals should burn with bright steady flames and should turn white when the steaks are ready to be placed on the grill. Ideally, steak grilling requires constant attention and someone must be beside the grill throughout the process to turn the steaks. Steaks are to be turned a couple of times depending on the type of steak that is used. Thrice is usually enough.
Steak aficionados know that basting a steak with butter as soon as it is done gives it an extra flavor. Properly grilled steaks do not require much garnishing. A dash of salt and a sprinkling of peppercorn are usually sufficient. Steaks should be let be for a couple of minutes before serving to allow the juices to settle. Grilled steaks are usually eaten with boiled potatoes, salad and sauces such as Worcestershire and mustard.
Before arranging for a barbeque, it is necessary to check out with the local authorities as some neighborhoods have regulations concerning the use of charcoal grills. These regulations may be about the distance that a grill should be placed from the house and that someone tends the fire constantly.
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