1. Some people like to marinate steaks before grilling them. Our last email gave you six secret ways to marinate and tenderize your steak. This will be your first step if you are someone who likes to marinate. Try one or more of our secret recipes to see which one you like!
2. After marinating, you will need to take your steaks out of the fridge and let them sit covered for about 20 minutes at room temperature. While doing this, you can prep your grill.
3. Adjust the heat on your grill to about 450 to 500 degrees. Close the lid and let it preheat.
4. Brush your steaks with oil and season with your favorite seasonings. Some like just salt and pepper. Others enjoy using a rub, such as the various rubs offered at the Kona BBQ Store.
If you choose to use a rub, put it on your steak about 40 minutes or more before grilling to allow the salt in the rub to penetrate the surface of the steak
5. Put your steaks on the grill and close the lid. Many people place the steaks directly on the grates. But quite a lot of people like to grill steaks on their Kona grill mats.
You will still get those great grill marks, and the mats make your clean up much quicker and easier! Set your timer to four to six minutes, depending on the thickness of your steak. Turn your meat over using tongs.
Using a meat thermometer will help you to determine exactly how long to cook your steak after turning to get the doneness you desire. Kona offers several types of wireless meat thermometers for just this purpose!
6. There is sometimes confusion when it comes to searing your meat. Many believe that searing locks in juices, but it actually removes more moisture from foods.
Searing caramelizes the outside of your food and the spices you’ve used. It also creates those great grill marks that make your meats so beautiful and your mouth water! To sear, the temperature inside the grill must be 300 to 500 degrees.
But the temperature of the grates themselves must be 500 to 550 degrees to create sear marks. Always preheat your grill so that you can get your grill grates to the correct temperature. The Kona grill surface thermometer is great for helping you get the grate temperatures you’re looking for!
7. After removing your steak from the grill, allow it to rest for about five minutes for every inch of steak. Keeping steaks under an aluminum tent will help to retain the heat.