5 Steps to a great steak! AWESOME!


5 Steps to a Great Steak

OK, If you’re going to cook a steak then shouldn’t it be AWESOME?

These 5 steps to a great steak will give you great results every time!

5 Steps to a great steak! Let’s get started

Step 1. Get a Great Steak

My idea of a great steak might be different than your idea of a great steak. Since this is my blog, we’ll go with mine!

The fresher the better!

No less than 3/4″ thick. I prefer 1″ and up. My reason is simply that a thicker steak is easier to cook. Thin steaks cook very quickly and tend to get tough. Thin steaks are better sliced cross grain and used in other recipes…fajitas come to mind.

Make sure there is good fat content. You want a well marbled steak. Fat is flavor AND moisture!

Step 2. Marinade

I don’t usually marinade my steaks so I thought I’d try a simple steak marinade and see how it would turn out.

Normally I just use Salt, Pepper and Garlic and that’s fine but marinades add more flavor. There are as many steak marinades as there are people and they range from pretty simple to extremely complicated…this one is simple!

I’ve tried some different recipes before with varying degrees of success. I want a marinade that highlights the flavor of the meat instead of covering it up or overwhelming it completely.

This one was pretty good!!

  • 1 cup olive oil
  • 1⁄2 cup sherry wine vinegar
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • Coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 T Worcestershire sauce

Everything was mixed in a bowl.

I put the steaks in a zipper bag and poured the marinade over them. I sealed the bag and worked the marinade all around then put them in the fridge for 3-4 hours. I turned the bag and worked the marinade around a few times as well.

Step 3. Cooking

Decide how you want to cook them. Grilling is fine but it’s not the only game in town. Gordon Ramsay has a video doing a New York Strip in a cast iron pan. I do it that way when I just don’t want to hassle with the grill and it cooks a great steak!

I usually cook them cave-man style!!! A couple of years ago I did a video about Caveman Steaks Give it a try you won’t be disappointed!

Let the steaks come to room temperature before you cook them.

Then out to the grill. I actually cooked them ON the grill grate this time too!

Here is a chart from Omaha Steaks that gives proper cooking temps

Step 4. Let Them Rest 4-5 minutes!!

I made this it’s own step because you can screw them up by not being patient and letting the juices redistribute. The temp. inside the steak will continue to rise after you take them off the grill.  Letting all that calm down is important.


Step 5. (optional) GET OUT THE BRANDING IRON!!!

I got out the old branding iron just for kicks! That’s me playing one of my Cigar Box Guitars too!!


Follow these 5 steps to a great steak and get consistently great results every time!!



Posted in Food, Grilling and Smoking.