Infographic: How To Cook a Steak Perfectly – Just in Time for Summer Grilling!

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If there’s one thing everyone loves about summer, it’s hanging out by the pool, eating ice cold watermelon, and grilling out with friends and family. But is it really summer yet if you haven’t had all the yummy staples of the season?

Hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, beer-can chicken, corn on the cob, all forms of potato… This list could on forever, so let’s focus on that All-American grilled summer staple: Steak!

What goes in to cooking a perfect steak? We say it has a lot to do with the type of grill you use, but your seasoning, how you cook your steak, and how long you let it rest are all factors you’ll want to consider when making your steak moist and juicy!

The infographic that follows this post has 5 Quick Tips to Cook the Perfect, Juiciest Steak, but before we get there, let’s take a closer look at what we consider three “cardinal rules” for a great tasting steak.

Rub on that Spice!

Are you guilty of never seasoning your meat, preferring its natural flavor (or A1, the best steak condiment) instead? We’ll tell you a secret—we don’t always season, either, but when we do, we love using a quick-and-easy rub recipe to bring our steaks from “mmm, tasty!” to such a point of salivation, words can’t be said.

To make our favorite rub recipe – Mix together 1 tablespoon of each: garlic powder, black pepper, salt, mustard powder, chili powder, and brown sugar. Next, mix in 4 tbsp smoked paprika, 0.5 tsp dried oregano, and 0.5 tbsp ground cumin. Place your rub in Tupperware for easy storage (and so you can shake it up if you decide to add different spices).

Now, sprinkle the seasoning on your steak; then pretend you’re giving it a mini massage! Rubbing is what helps give the steak flavor, but people frequently add too much seasoning and don’t do nearly enough rubbing! You don’t need a lot of seasoning, but you really want to rub it into your steak. After you finish rubbing in all your flavor, let your meat sit for a few minutes while you heat up your grill.

The Flippity Flop

We know what you’ve probably been told: don’t touch that meat! Let it cook on one side long enough to get a nice, evenly browned crust on the top, right? That’s definitely one way to do it, but we recommend flipping your steak a LOT while it’s cooking.

Whether you’re cooking on a gas grill outside, an indoor grill, or with a grill pan, flipping your steak a lot will actually make it cook about 30% faster and it’ll cook more evenly. You know how medium-rare steaks have a pink center? Well, you can get that moist, pink juiciness from edge-to-edge by turning your steak a LOT during cooking. And don’t worry about it browning poorly—just make sure you’re working with high heat and that your raw steak has no moisture on it.

Rest Before Cutting

We’ve all seen a certain cooking show in which a blond, British chef screams obscenities at people who cut their meat before letting it rest. Don’t let that be you! Don’t let all that delicious, well-earned juiciness immediately pour out onto your plate (and if you do, mix it up with your mashed potatoes!). Instead, place your finished steak on a cutting board (you can cover it if you want) and let it sit for 5-10 minutes.

If your steak is really thick, or if you cut into it and juice starts pouring out, just let your meat rest a little longer. Trust us—having all that juiciness contained in your steak is well worth the few extra minutes of wait time. It makes the meat so moist and so melt-in-your-mouth good, you may even be tempted to let it sit for 20 minutes!

And there you have it! Now go out and cook your own, incredibly moist, juicy steak!

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August, TopProducts Staff Writer