Tips to Successfully Grill Beef
During the Girls Can Grill Too Series I have heard so much positive feedback about the experience of grilling. It really is a fun way to entertain guests or add some fun to your evening. A lot of people get uncomfortable when they don’t have a recipe to follow verbatim, but I encourage you to just have some fun experimenting with different techniques and cuts of beef.
I am sharing my six simple tips to successfully grill beef. Grab some beef from your freezer or from the grocery store on your next trip. Here’s to the many great grilling memories to come!
#1 Start with a clean grill
Before you put your meat on the grill, make sure you have cleaned the grates with a barbecue brush. If you don’t have a brush, take a piece of tin foil, make a ball with it, place the ball between your tongs and scrub the grill with it.
#2 Check your temperature
You want your grill to be close to 400 degrees for most things that you are cooking. Always keep an eye on your temperature as it can decrease or increase a lot while you are grilling. This is why it’s important to stay close to the grill.
#3 Man the grill
As I mentioned, stay close by, take in the experience of grilling. I hope you have your favorite drink in your hand and you are truly enjoying the moment. Whether you have some time to reflect by yourself, playing catch with a little, or having a great conversation with family or friends. This is why it is important for you to think of simple side dishes that can be made ahead or can also go on the grill.
#4 Set a timer
Please don’t assume that you will have a great concept of time while you are grilling. Even though you are sticking to rule #3, the things I have burnt the worst is when I am standing in front of the oven. It is especially easy to lose track of time when you are outside and/or with company. Play it safe, set a timer on your phone. My rule of thumb is to set a timer for three minutes and then check your protein. “Hey Siri, set a timer for three minutes.” It is that simple.
#5 You can’t un-cook it
As you become an expert grill master you will be able to go by feel and decide when you want your meat pulled off. As you build your skills though, I encourage you to pull your meat off before you think it is actually done because it will continue to cook as it rests.
#6 Let it rest
After you pull your beef off of the grill, give it some time to rest. Around five to ten minutes is perfect. It gives you time to freshen up your drink, finish up your side dish, grab plates, whatever you need to do to pull the meal together.
As you are sitting around the table enjoying your company and delicious meal, you may begin to wonder about what it took to get that beef from the pasture to your plate. Your rancHer friend is coming in clutch with all of the details. You may have loved the meal so much that you want to fill your freezer full of beef direct from a rancher.
If you are looking for some recommendations on cuts to try on the grill, check out the Chuck Eye Steak, Skirt Steak, or Hamburgers & Beef Dogs.