Grill The Perfect Steak On An Open Fire

by Megan Luckerof

by Megan Luckerof

Think juicy, tender, meat lover's joy. With the right cut, a smartly built fire can blaze way to crispy, juicy beef with just a hint of smoke. If you've ever done it right - grilled a perfect steak over a perfect fire,- you know we're talking about.

by pricklypearsbloom via Flickr

by pricklypearsbloom via Flickr

Pick Your Cut: In two words? Thick cut. Rich marbling. Leaner meat tends to toughen up on the grill. Beef that's richly marbled is more tender, juicy, and flavourful. The intramuscular fat melts and bastes the flesh during cooking. The secret: Look for thin, evenly distributed marbling, rather than large, sparse veins of fat.

Dress Up The Meat: A good steak rub on an open flame is worth it's money in gold. Whatever your flavours, dress generously in butter or olive oil, and coat (to taste) in your favourite seasoning. Ideally - salt and oil in advance (20-30 mins).

Build The Perfect 'Steak-Grilling' Fire: Build your fire - And let it burn.

During this step, a cold beer or paired glass of red is essential.

Continue to add medium-sized logs to the fire, creating good-sized coals. When the coals are glowing red and turning grey, but no longer flaming, you know it's time. Throw on your steak, and grill it to taste. 

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