Simple steps for grilling brilliantly
Whether cooking on a gas or charcoal grill, at home, at a park or at a tailgate, grilling provides an unmistakable aroma, a sizzling sound and maximum flavor. And research shows that when it comes to grilling, nearly three out of four Americans choose beef as the meat they grill the most often; but nearly 30 percent are still looking for more information on how to harness the power of the grill.
For guaranteed, delicious results when grilling beef, try following these three easy steps:
1. Choose Your Cut
Some of the best cuts for grilling include naturally tender ribeye, top loin (aka strip) and ground beef. Flank steak is also an excellent choice after a dip in a tenderizing marinade.
Tip: Rubs and marinades are easy ways to add flavor and tenderize.
2. Prepare Your Beef
Prepare grill (gas or charcoal) according to manufacturerâ€™s directions for medium heat. Remove beef from refrigerator and season with herbs and spices, as desired.
Tip: Wait to salt until after cooking so you donâ€™t draw out the natural, flavorful juices from the meat.
Place beef on grates and grill, covered, turning occasionally. Test doneness with meat thermometer: Cook burgers to 160Â°F and steaks to 145Â°F for medium rare or 160Â°F for medium.
Tip: Turn steaks with long handled tongs instead of a fork. Do not press down on steaks or burgers as flavorful juices will be lost.
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Grecian Top Loin Steaks
and Mushroom Kabobs
Total Recipe Time: 30 minutes
Makes 4 servings
Lemon Pepper Rub:
3 large cloves garlic, minced
2 1/2 teaspoons lemon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
Steak and Kabobs:
1 pound medium mushrooms
1 medium red onion, cut into wedges
2 tablespoons olive oil
6 lemon wedges
2 boneless beef top loin steaks, cut 1 inch thick (about 1 1/4 pounds)
1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (optional)
Combine rub ingredients.
Combine mushrooms, onion, oil and 2 teaspoons rub in medium bowl; toss. Alternately thread mushrooms and onion onto six 12-inch metal skewers. Finish with a lemon wedge.
Press remaining rub onto beef steaks. Place steaks and kabobs on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill steaks, covered, 11 to 14 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 11 to 15 minutes) for medium rare (145Â°F) to medium (160Â°F) doneness, turning occasionÂally. Grill kabobs 6 to 8 minutes or until mushÂrooms are tender, turning occasionally.
Remove vegetables from skewers; toss with cheese, if desired. Carve steaks. Season beef and vegetables with salt.
Courtesy of The Beef Checkoff
More ways to master
â€˘ Temperature is critical when grilling. Donâ€™t grill over high heat â€” this may cause charring on the outside before the inside has reached desired doneness, which is why itâ€™s best to grill over medium heat. If using a charcoal grill, make sure the coals are white, ash-covered.
â€˘ Trim visible fat before grilling to prevent flare-ups.
â€˘ Less tender cuts, like flank steak, benefit from a tenderizing marinade. Think acidic ingredients like lime juice or vinaigrette.
â€˘ Keep raw meat separate from other foods. Use clean plates and utensils for cooked food.
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Firecracker Burgers with Cooling Lime Sauce
Total Recipe Time: 35 minutes
Makes 6 servings
1 1/2 pounds ground beef
6 sesame seed sandwich rolls, split, toasted
1 cup watercress or mixed spring greens
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon Caribbean jerk seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
1/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons grated lime peel
1/4 teaspoon salt
Combine ground beef and seasoning ingredients in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Shape into six 1/2-inch-thick patties.
Place patties on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 8 to 10 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 7 to 9 minutes) until instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center registers 160Â°F, turning occasionally.
Meanwhile, combine sauce ingredients in small bowl; set aside.
Spread sauce on cut sides of rolls. Place one burger on bottom half of each roll; top evenly with watercress. Close sandwiches.
Courtesy of The Beef Checkoff