How to barbecue the perfect steak

Google it, I dare you and you will be greeted with a plethora of blog posts just like this one claiming to offer you the perfect steak on your barbecue. I am not claiming to offer perfection, I am merely hoping to guide and inspire.

Anyone who knows me well will know that I am a big supporter of a good old quick read thermometer when cooking meat, it takes a good amount of the guesswork out of the equation. When it comes to barbecuing my steak though I take a rather more primitive route. There are no technological advances here, just a barbecue with a lid, and some good old fashioned trust.

It is very simple really, whether with a gas fired bbq or over some good old hot coals, set your bbq up so that there is a decent distance between the heat source and meat. On your gas grill that will be the top shelf, and with the coals you will need to get creative with positioning. I would stack most of the coals to one side, allowing only a thin layer below where the meat will sit.

Then you want to turn the heat up high, get yourself a beer and wait for the ‘cue to heat up. I am assuming prior to setting up that you have been to your local butcher (support them or they will disappear) and have bought some lovely steaks at least half an inch thick.

Now for the trust. Put your steaks in their position on the top shelf, close the lid and trust for 4 minutes. Then open the lid, flip the meat, close and trust again for 4 minutes. Then take the meat off the grill and leave to rest uncovered for roughly the same amount of time you cooked it for. If done right you should have a lovely medium rare steak and the bragging rights that go along with it.

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