How to Cook the Perfect Steak

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How to Cook the Perfect Steak
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There is nothing more Australian than a backyard barbie. For generations, Aussie’s have enjoyed spending those endless summer nights with tongs in hand (and beer in the other) cooking up a feast for family and friends. While it might be a relaxing way to prepare dinner, barbecuing does not give you an excuse to serve char grilled chicken or tough T-bone. To ensure your steak is always succulent and your porterhouse is perfect, follow this Foodie HQ steak guide.

How to cook the perfect steak:

Most men can get sausages sizzling on the barbecue, but it is a different story when it comes to cooking steak. A few wrong turns and your steak will be tough and dry. So, for juicy and tender steak every time Foodie HQ have prepared simple step-by-step instructions.
What you will need:

• Barbecue (check you have plenty of gas before starting!)
• Tongs to turn the steak, preferably ones with a long handle to avoid singed fingers. Never use a fork as piercing the meat will allow the juices to escape.
• Oil to coat the meat before barbecuing.
• A plate for resting the steak after cooking.

1.Preheat your grill or hotplate on medium-high. Make sure the BBQ is fully heated before adding your meat so it cooks evenly.
2.Brush both sides of your STEAK with oil so it doesn’t stick to the BBQ. Oiling the grill creates more smoke.
3.If you want to season with salt and pepper, wait until just before cooking. Put the salt on too soon and your meat will dry out as the salt absorbs the juices.
4.Using long handled tongs, place your steak on the BBQ and cook to your likeness. Turn the steaks only ONCE as they cook. The cooking time will depend on the thickness of the steak and whether you want rare, medium or well done.
5.It is best to avoid cutting into the meat during cooking, so you need to get to know the feel of a steak at different stages. Press the centre of the steak with the back of the tongs to feel its firmness and follow the table below to achieve the perfect steak. Using an instant read digital thermometer can take the guesswork out of cooking the perfect steak, so we have included internal temperatures in the table also.
Here is a handy grid to guide you in cooking your perfect steak: Times will vary with the thickness of the steak and the heat of your bbq, so the touch test is your best guide.

Rare 50-55 2 minutes per side very soft
Medium - Rare 55-60 3 minute per side soft
Medium 60-65 4 minute per side springy to touch
Medium - Well 65-70 5 minute per side firm
Well Done 70 and above 5+ minute per side very firm
Based on a steak of about 2cm thickness Allow for 1 C – 2 C increase in temperature during resting time.
6.Rest the meat on a clean plate for 2 – 4 minutes before serving, to allow the juices to redistribute. You can cover the meat with foil to keep it warm while waiting.
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