Steaks taste best when cooked on the barbecue (BBQ). The fat drips away, it gets seared by the flames and it just results in the most delicious taste – when done right. Read these simple times and you will know how to BBQ the perfect steak every time.
Choose a good steak
Not everyone likes the same kind of steak. My favourite is scotch fillet, you might prefer eye fillet, rib eye or T bone. One thing typically to look for is ‘marbling’ where there is swirls of fat throughout the meat. This fine fat melts while on the BBQ creating a juicy and flavoursome steak.
- Take your steak out of the fridge half an hour before cooking to allow it to warm to room temperature
- Pat dry any moisture with a paper towel
- Season with salt and pepper to taste
- Heat up your BBQ on high heat
- Place your steak on the grill and start timing, if you have a lid to your BBQ lower it down
- After two minutes flip your steak over
- After four minutes flip your steak back over but rotate it 90° so that the BBQ lines now cross
- After six minutes flip back over creating the crossed pattern on the first side
- After eight minutes remove from the BBQ grill
- Rest for five minutes and you are ready to serve and enjoy
Note, cooking times are based off an average to thick steak size and are aimed at providing a medium-rare degree of cooking. Speed up the process if you are looking to achieve a rarer steak. Try to discourage people from wanting their steak medium or well-done as this just dries the meat out and makes it chewier.
If you have a cooking thermometer you are looking for approximately 60-65°C internal temperature for medium-rare. But unless you have a particularly thick steak it is much easier to time your cooking rather than measure temperature.
Tip: Be aware of how fatty your meat is and your BBQ. If you are getting flame ups or burning your steak reduce your heat. Often I will start on high heat for the first 30 seconds to lightly charr my steak then reduce it to medium heat. Small flame-ups that lightly charr your steak add to the BBQ taste, but you don’t want to serve a burnt or black steak.