Why do people call toasted bread with melted cheese in the middle “Grilled Cheese?” Do they actually fire up a grill to make it? No. Today’s meal focuses on something you actually grill – steak!
We were a bit nervous at first since we don’t have a lot of practice grilling. But this past month we moved in with our good friend Mike who is a grill master. He helped us along the way…okay, he actually did all of the grilling for us, but he did give us all of his tips and know-how.
We are also assuming that since we are all in college, you probably have a charcoal grill and not a gas one. We are also assuming that if you have a grill, you have a good location for it…and a fire extinguisher near by!
- Servings – 3 steak
- Prep time – 25 to 30 minutes
- Grill time – Varies (between 9 and 13 minutes)
- Lighter fluid
- Lighter or matches
- Grill beer (only if you are 21)
- 3 half to 1 1/2 inch thick steaks (your favorite cut)
- Seasoned salt (or regular slat)
1. Make sure your grill is clean by removing old charcoal ash and scraping off the grill grate.
2. Take out steak from fridge and set on counter to bring to room temperature.
3. Build a pyramid with the charcoal briquettes in the middle of the grill, drizzle some lighter fluid on top, and light (please, please, please be careful and don’t soak the briquettes!)
4. Let this burn for about 25 to 30 minutes or until all of the briquettes are gray.
5. Once the briquettes are ready, spread them evenly on the bottom, place grill grate over them, and close lid to let the grill and grate heat up for another 5 minutes.
6. During this time, season both sides of your steak with the salt and pepper.
7. Place steaks in middle of the grate, close lid and cook for 90 seconds.
8. Flip steaks, close lid and cook for another 90 seconds.
9. For medium steaks, flip steaks over, close lid and cook for 2 minutes plus 1 minute per 1/2 inch (1/2″ = 3minutes, 1″ = 4 minutes, 1.5″ = 5 minutes)
10. Repeat step 9.
11. Remove steaks from the grill, cover in aluminum foil and let rest for 5 minutes. This will allow the juices to soak back into the proteins. Do not skip this step.
12. Serve with a side of our red mashed potatoes and enjoy!
P.S. – Have any of your own grilling tips and tricks? Leave them in the comments below or on our brand spankin’ new Facebook page!