Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The "Touchy-Feely" Way to Grill the Perfect Steak



One of the biggest challenges when grilling steak is determining the degree of doneness. The most common approach is to cut the meat but that lets all the juicy goodness out and can dry it out.

Luckily I saw a neat little trick on the
Food Network the other day. Michael Smith (my favorite TV chef) described how to determine if a steak is rare, medium or well done just by touching it with your grilling tongs.

By now you have noticed the two pictures of my unflattering hands. Don’t look away…these pictures are going to help you grill the perfect steak.

In the first picture you’ll notice my index finger is pressing the area where the bottom of my thumb and forefinger meet on my other hand and it is very soft. That is how a rare steak would feel if you pressed it with tongs. In the second picture I fully extend my forefinger and thumb and the area becomes very firm just like a steak that is well done. For the feel of a medium steak your thumb and forefinger would be extended in the middle of these two extremes.

It may take a couple tries to master this trick but once you do you’ll be grilling steak like a pro!

Do you have any grilling tricks of your own? Please share!

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Brent Garell
The Kitchen Roadie
brent@cookapalooza.com

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