It’s summer, and you know what that means: BBQ time! Get some friends and family over, pop open a cold drink and fire up the coals. We’ve assembled a few tips to get you going this summer, as well as a delicious charred-corn and avocado succotash to go with your meat!
Tip 1: Bring your steaks up to room temp.
Letting your steaks sit for about 30 mins before you cook them allows them to come up to room temperature, which makes sure that it cooks more evenly throughout. If it’s still cold, it will cook quickly on the outside, but the middle will remain ice-cold.
Tip 2: Clean your grill.
If you’re firing up the grill for the first time since last summer, there might be some bacteria or leftovers from last year’s BBQ sessions. Fire the grill up on high and leave it covered for 10-15 minutes. That will burn off all the schmutz that’s accumulated and it’ll also sanitize the grill. Added bonus, now your grill is hot enough to cook! Give it a quick scrape and you’re good to go.
Tip 3: Don’t play with the meat too much.
Once you’ve put the steak on the grill, leave it be for 1 ½ - 2 minutes before rotating it 45 degrees. This will allow it to get a nice sear on it, and then once you’ve rotated it, you’ll have those beautiful grill marks. Flip your meat once, and repeat.
Tip 4: Rest your steaks.
Once you’ve cooked your perfect steak (7-8 minutes total for a beautiful medium rare on medium-high heat), let it rest! This is as simple as putting it on the cutting board with some tin foil overtop of it for roughly half the time you spent cooking it. This will prevent the juices from running out as soon as you cut it, and leaving your steak dry and sad. When you pull a steak directly off the grill, all of the liquid inside of it is essentially boiling. Let it re-absorb back into the meat and you’ll have a much more tender, juicier steak.
Tip 5: Finish with salt.
If you really want to impress your friends and family, slice your steaks into thin strips across the grain and then get some nice flaky sea salt (not table salt!) to sprinkle overtop. This will highlight the BBQ flavour and make you look like the pro you are!
Grilled Corn and Avocado Succotash Recipe:
2tbsp veg oil
2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
4 ears fresh corn
½ pint cherry tomatoes, halved
1 bell pepper, ¼ inch diced
½ medium Red Onion, finely chopped
1 avocado, chopped into ½ inch cubes
¼ c. torn fresh basil leaves
While your steaks are cooking, shuck the corn, toss it in the veg oil and let it cook on another side of your grill. Once you’ve got some nice grill marks on the corn, take it off and slice the kernels off with a sharp knife. Mix with the rest of your ingredients, and serve with the steak.