The Perfect Steak

How do you know when your steak is finished on the bbq?

Practice.

But in the meantime, stop asking HOW LONG… because it’s not the right question.

Oh, I could tell you that your steak needs to bbq for about 12 minutes to produce a juicy medium-rare steak; but if your steak is only an inch thick, you just produced something closer to well done.

There are a few factors to consider when pacing your steak on the bbq… but in the end, practice makes perfect.

If you really want to bone up on cooking your T-Bone perfectly, and want to start a summers worth of practice off on the right foot, go and pickup a decent meat thermometer, because the correct question is not:

How long should I cook my steak for?

but:

What should the internal temprature of my steak be?

Like I said, there are a lot of factors to consider if you’re looking for the perfect grilling time, like bbq type (gas, or charcoal) and thickness of steak, etc. Eventually you’ll gain a 6th sense for knowing when your steaks have reached perfection, but until then, use the following information to get you started:

For steaks about 1 inch thick

Medium Rare Internal Temp: 145 degrees F.
Medium Rare (Estimated) Cooking Time: 8 minutes

Medium Internal Temp: 160 degrees F.
Medium (Estimated) Cooking Time: 9 minutes

Well Done Internal Temp: 170 degrees F.
Well Done (Estimated) Cooking Time: 10-11 minutes

For steaks about 1.5 inches thick

Medium Rare Internal Temp: 145 degrees F.
Medium Rare (Estimated) Cooking Time: 13 minutes

Medium Internal Temp: 160 degrees F.
Medium (Estimated) Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Well Done Internal Temp: 170 degrees F.
Well Done (Estimated) Cooking Time: 20 minutes

For steaks about 2 inches thick

Medium Rare Internal Temp: 145 degrees F.
Medium Rare (Estimated) Cooking Time: 17 minutes

Medium Internal Temp: 160 degrees F.
Medium (Estimated) Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Well Done Internal Temp: 170 degrees F.
Well Done (Estimated) Cooking Time: 23 minutes

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