Braai The Perfect Steak With These Tips
Grilling a delicious steak is easy and very rewarding provided you follow a few simple steps. As with anything, practice makes perfect. Follow these tips and you’ll be serving up perfectly cooked juicy steaks in no time. Don’t forget to check out our all new Braai range here and get the right tool for the job.
Bring the Steaks to Room Temperature
Taking your steaks straight from the fridge, or worst the freezer straight to the fire will guarantee an unevenly cooked steak. It is best to take your steaks out of the refrigerator at least 30 mins before you plan to Braai them. Unwrap the steaks, leave them in a plate on the kitchen counter to come to room temperature.
Once the steaks are at room temperature, sprinkle each side with some salt and pepper or any seasoning of your choice. A quality steak doesn’t need much seasoning.
Clean and Oil Your Braai Grid
Always ensure your Braai grid is clean before you start to Braai. This makes it easier to flip your meat and ensures that the flavors are not contaminated from previous Braai meats. Preheat your grid until it’s warm, use a soft wire brush, Bush off any residue.
Once your grid is clean, use vegetable, canola or any other neutral flavored oil to coat the grates. Pour some oil onto a paper towel and rub onto clean grid before heating once again.
Get that fire started
To achieve a nice crust on the outside while keeping the interior of the steak cooked to your liking, you need to have two different temperatures in your Braai stand. A nice tool to help you achieve this is a charcoal fire starter. Place your fire lighters under the charcoal starter and get your coals lit easily and quickly. Once your coals are hot, move the majority of them to the back of the Braai stand, and only keep some in front. Make sure you have a Braai stand big enough, our Helix Braai stand is perfect to separate your fire, for something a little more compact, check out our Maxi Braai.
To determine if the heat is hot enough, you should be able to hold your hand about an inch over the grill grate for 1 second before it feels too hot and you must pull it away, this will ensure that beautiful grill marks and lock in the moisture. Once your steaks are seared and crispy on the outside, it’s time to move it to the medium/ lower heat part of your Braai stand. Once you've reached this stage of your Braai, feel the steaks, not with a knife, or fork but rather your finger tips, careful not to burn though.
Poke the steaks at different stages of cooking. Raw meat is almost squishy, rare meat is soft to the touch,medium rare meat resists your poking a bit, and medium meat springs back. Once meat feels firm, it's at least well done.
Always Let the Meat Rest
Perhaps the most important step that most people don't do is allowing the steaks to sit once they are taken off of the Braai. Sure you’re eager to give your perfectly Braaid steaks a taste but the steaks need to rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving or cutting them. This gives the juices a chance to redistribute throughout the steak, which both helps it finish cooking evenly and keeps the meat moister and more flavorful. Place the cooked steaks on our Braai tray and tent loosely with aluminum foil. Once rested, either slice or serve the steaks whole.