BBQ – delicious, flavorful, tender, juicy, grill, backyard, friends and family, these are the words that come to mind when I think of a BBQ. Since BBQ Season is right around the corner you may want to consider hosting a family BBQ. Start the season off right and think about the various things you need to consider before you BBQ a perfect steak.
Before you start to BBQ your perfect steak, it is important to allow your steak to reach room temperature, this helps to BBQ a steak faster and more evenly. About 20 minutes before grilling, remove the steaks from the refrigerator and let sit, covered, at room temperature. Don’t forget to season your steak with black pepper and kosher salt, although the seasoning is entirely a personal preference and you can use your favorite seasonings of choice.
Preheat the grill as hot as it will go and before putting on your steaks you should oil the grate. Place each steak on the grill for one minute then turn and grill on the second side for an additional minute. Some BBQ’s have a searing section and this is the perfect opportunity to try it out. When placing your steak back on the grill make sure to turn and rotate 45 degrees and grill for half the remaining cooking time turning over only once on the other side for the remaining time to get a nice diamond pattern of grill marks.
BBQ your steaks until golden brown and slightly charred, approx. 4 to 5 minutes. Turn the steaks over and continue to grill 3 to 5 minutes for medium-rare (an internal temperature of 135 degrees F), 5 to 7 minutes for medium (140 degrees F) or 8 to 10 minutes for medium-well (150 degrees F).
Remove your steak from the BBQ when it has reached your desired doneness. You can use the pressure test to check your steak by using your index finger, press down on the middle of your steak, a rare steak will be soft, a medium steak will be firm but will spring back up, a well done steak will be firm with no spring.
Another important trick is to let the steaks rest for 5 minutes before serving. This will allow the natural juices to flow out from the center and redistribute the moisture, leaving you with a perfect, juicy steak. Tent steaks loosely with foil and let rest 5 minutes before slicing.
The tenderness of a steak is another thing to consider before you BBQ your perfect steak. While NY steaks can be seasoned and grilled, other meats, which aren’t as tender, such as flank steak or flat iron steaks need to be marinated a day in advance. Below is a simple marinade you can use the day before barbecuing. Per pound of meat use the following recipe:
• White Balsamic Vinegar 1 L
• Thyme 1 bunch
• Garlic 1 bulb
• Peppercorns Whole 1 oz.
• Bay Leaf 4 Leaves
Allow the meat to marinate overnight in the fridge. When ready to barbecue remove from marinade, season, and barbecue until desired doneness.
A BBQ wouldn’t be complete without the Old Mill Toronto’s favorite BBQ sauce recipe to enhance your meat. The great thing about this sauce is its versatility, as it goes well with a lot of different proteins such as chicken, wings, quail, ribs, and pork,
Old Mill Toronto BBQ Sauce:
- 1 can of ketchup / 16 FL oz.
- 1 tsp. of mustard seeds
- 5 pcs garlic chopped
- 1 tsp. oregano
- ½ jar chipotle peppers
- 30 grams brown sugar
- 1 Spanish onion chopped
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon kosher salt plus more
3-4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced or minced
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 Fresno chile or red jalapeño, finely chopped
1/2 cup minced fresh cilantro
1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh oregano
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
The next time you have friends and family over for a BBQ keep these suggestions in mind and your guests will be happy and satisfied. Happy barbecuing!