Useful Grilling Info

How many BTUs do I need?

Most believe the higher the BTU* rating, the hotter the grill. But the fact is, the more BTUs, the more fuel used, not the higher heat. The BTU rating is not indicative of the heat a grill can generate. BTU is derived from a calculation based on gas pressure, the size of the opening in the gas valve, and the type of gas. If you have questions on how to select the perfect gill for your lifestyle, speak to the grill experts at Southeast Steel Appliance Warehouse.

*BTU/British Thermal Units/hour

5 Rules for Grilling Steak

1. A room temperature steak cooks more evenly.

2. Leave your steaks alone while they are on the grill. Ideally, the notion is to cook each side of the steak the same amount of time so the steak cooks evenly. This is hard to track if you keep flipping your steak. Learn where the hot and cold spots are on your grill and use them to your advantage.

3. Let your meat rest. Cook the steak five degrees below your desired end temperature, remove it from the grill and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Put the steak back on the grill and warm it to the desired doneness.

4. There is no need to oil your steaks. All it does is cause flare-ups and when the oil burns from the hot heat it leaves a black residue that tastes horribly bitter, and even though you can wipe away the residue remnants of bitterness remain. If your grill is the right temperature, it acts much the same as a stainless-steel pan and it will release the steak or protein when the grill marks are perfect.

5. I don’t marinate quick-cooking steaks for a couple of reasons. One: marinades often overpower the beef flavor. And two: I don’t like that the acids in the marinade begin cook the steak, making a full marinade impossible without cooking the steak through. Simmer the marinade and use it as a sauce or for basting.

What steaks are best for grilling?

The Porterhouse

The Porterhouse: It’s a 2-for-1. One side of the bone is a filet mignon and the other a strip loin. It is a perfect steak for two.  If you look closely at T-bones (they are usually sans filet) and look for the steaks cut closest to the tenderloin sometimes you can snag a Porterhouse at T-bone prices.

The Sirloin

The Sirloin: I started eating sirloin a couple of years ago and I have come to rely on them as an everyday cut. It might be a little chewier than most steaks but the flavor outweighs the minimal toughness. I am particularly fond of bison sirloins.

Skirt, flank, and flat iron: These are the trifecta. Think of them as old-school butcher’s cuts. In other words, back in the day they were what your butcher grills for him or herself when they get home from work. They know the cuts that are less expensive but taste great.

These cuts need to be treated differently. They are lean. You will want to slice them thinly and across the grain, which creates a tender chew. You also want to be careful not to overcook them — nothing past medium.

The Porterhouse

The Skirt: The skirt is cut from the rib tips closest to the belly of the beast and nearest to the front legs. It’s perfect for fajitas or tacos.

The Flank

The Flank: This one comes from the same area as the skirt but is located closer to the back legs. It makes for a great London broil — a little olive oil, lemon juice, and thyme and you have a meal.

The Flat Iron

The Flat Iron: Also known as a top blade steak when cut differently, the flat iron comes from the shoulder. A very sought-after steak for its rich flavor. I like my flat irons with fries.

THE GRILLMEISTER

5 Rules for Grilling Steak

1. A room temperature steak cooks more evenly.

2. Leave your steaks alone while they are on the grill. Ideally, the notion is to cook each side of the steak the same amount of time so the steak cooks evenly. This is hard to track if you keep flipping your steak. Learn where the hot and cold spots are on your grill and use them to your advantage.

3. Let your meat rest. Cook the steak five degrees below your desired end temperature, remove it from the grill and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Put the steak back on the grill and warm it to the desired doneness.

4. There is no need to oil your steaks. All it does is cause flare-ups and when the oil burns from the hot heat it leaves a black residue that tastes horribly bitter, and even though you can wipe away the residue remnants of bitterness remain. If your grill is the right temperature, it acts much the same as a stainless-steel pan and it will release the steak or protein when the grill marks are perfect.

5. I don’t marinate quick-cooking steaks for a couple of reasons. One: marinades often overpower the beef flavor. And two: I don’t like that the acids in the marinade begin cook the steak, making a full marinade impossible without cooking the steak through. Simmer the marinade and use it as a sauce or for basting.