Summer’s Here! Time For The Grill Pasture Perfect
Ah, summer time. These long balmy days, vacations, and the grill. There’s nothing quite like preparing some great steaks on the BBQ on a warm summer evening while you enjoy a nice cool beverage with family and friends. Especially when you have our juicy, marbled Pasture Perfect™ grass-fed beef. It’s idyllic—and who’d want to wreck the moment by worrying about ruining your steaks? Not us!
Tricks to the Trade
The most accurate way to determine doneness is to use a meat thermometer to read internal temperature. However, maybe you don’t have one at hand, and some abhor the idea of sticking things into their steaks. To be Master Of The Grill requires confidence and results. Here are a couple of tricks that have worked well for us over the years.
The first method requires attention, but with a little practice works well. Get the grill nice and hot, then put your steak on to sear the first side. Turn it after about 20 seconds to sear the second side, and then leave it alone! When you see the first couple of reddish droplets of juice appear on the top side of the steak, turn it over if you like a rare steak. For medium rare, wait until there a handful of droplets before turning it. Finally, for medium to well the droplets will be plentiful and may start to pool before you turn it.
Once turned, wait for the exact same numbers of juicy droplets to appear for each stage of required doneness before removing the steaks from the grill. Always use tongs, and after removing from the grill rest your steaks for a few minutes before serving. This is to allow them to settle.
Stay Away from my Steak!
What if you turn away from the grill for a minute, and some well-meaning person turns the steaks, or even worse, starts poking at them and moving them around? That’s where this next simple trick can really help. First, get that ignoramus away from your steaks! Now press your finger gently against the top of the steak. Always taking care around flames and hot surfaces so as not to burn yourself. How soft the steak feels can be a good indicator of how ready it is. To estimate doneness, compare the steaks feel to how the fleshy part of the base of your thumb feels when the tips of your thumb and each finger of one hand are touched together.
Raring to Grill
For rare, the steak should feel similar to the softness of the base of the thumb when the forefinger and thumb are touching, but not pressed together—you want to avoid tensing the finger and thumb (see figure 1). Judge softness by gently pressing the forefinger of your other hand against the base of the thumb as shown in the pictures, with similar pressure to that put on the steak.
For medium rare, touch the middle finger and thumb together (figure 2). For medium, it’s the ring finger and thumb that touch (figure 3). For well done touch the little finger and thumb (figure 4). In each case how the fleshy base of the thumb yields to light pressure will be similar to how your steak feels at each stage of doneness. It’s a good approximation when you’ve not been able to supervise the steaks from start to finish.
Finally, we like a steak that’s no less than 1” thick (1¼” is ideal), and keep the grill hot—good steaks cook reasonably quickly. So, there’s no need to turn down the heat. Good luck, relax, and enjoy your grilling this summer!