For me, grilling up a New York Strip steak on the barbeque in my backyard is a long and cherish pastime. A trend that my steak-loving father got me hooked upon at a very early age. That being said, I have always thought of cooking a great grilled steak as something that is tantamount to making scrambled eggs, or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich—it is really easy to do, and I find it to be disturbing that many people are not in the know about how to properly grill up a tasty steak these days! Perhaps this article has been prompted by my most recent steak-eating disaster, where I was over at a buddy’s house and the steak was so tough and rough, I could have sworn it was an over-cooked pork chop! So to better enlighten you all with what I have learned over the years, here are some really quick and easy steps to making that delectable New York strip steak perfectly every time!
Four Simple Steps to the Best Damn New York Strip Steaks Ever!
1. Selection is everything. If you want a great New York strip steak, the first thing you will need to do is select the right one. Look for minimal amounts of fat around the edges, or grizzle. Seek out steaks that are marbleized with very fine lines of fat in the center of the meat. As you grill them, this fat will melt into the meat—making it ever so tasty!
2. Marinating and tenderizing is the key. You don’t have to go overboard here, just use some forks and punch tons of holes in both sides of the steak. Choose your favorite marinade, either a store bought one or one you make on your own, and allow the steaks to marinate for at least a half hour, covered in the fridge.
3. Proper cooking temperatures are everything. Heat your grill up to high. Then clean it or brush down the grills. Next turn the heat down to medium. Once you place your steaks on it they will grill on medium heat. Patience is truly a virtue when making divine bovine!
4. Don’t overcook or over turn the meat. Never flip your steak more than one time—it really dries out the meat! Instead, here is a good rule of thumb. For delicious and pink-in-the-center steaks, grill on medium heat for about 6-8 minute or so per side (per one inch of thickness). Before you flip the steaks, close the grill for the last three minutes of the grilling process.