Are you craving for some grilled ribs or steak? We know that eating out and ordering grilled red meat can really be costly. However, this should not stop you from satisfying your cravings. Want to know how you can make the best home-grilled meat right on your backyard? Follow these tips on how to choose your meat in the grocery store and how you can grill it to perfection.
First, you must know how the U.S. Department of Agriculture grades meats in the U.S. The three categories of meat are Prime, Select and Choice. Prime meats are the best but they are hard to find. Often, the restaurants get their hands on these meats immediately. However, grocery and butcher shops can supply you with great prime cuts.
* When grilling, you should obtain yourself the most flavorful and tender cuts. You can pick a porterhouse or rib eye steak cut. If you want, you can choose the filet mignon cut but this will have fewer flavors due to the less fat. An inexperienced griller can easily cook a filet mignon dry.
* Most people say that in order to get the best flavor and best texture from the meat, you have to cook it only to medium-rare. Medium-rare is cooked on the outside but still red in the center. You can have the best results when you grill meat that is around 3/4 inches thick.
* How do you cook a medium-rare meat? A good grill will help you with this. You can start by putting the meat on very high heat. Cook each side for two minutes and then lower the heat. If you have a separate grilling area on your grill, you can move the meat there. On medium heat, cook each side of the meat for two minutes.
* You will need a meat thermometer to know if the meat is perfectly cooked. While the meat is being cooked, stick the thermometer in the center of it. The temperature should be 60°C/ 140°F. Another way to check if the meat is cooked to medium-rare is by pressing the meat with your finger. If there is low-resistance, the meat is cooked to perfection already.
If the meat is perfectly grilled, take the meat out and slice it accordingly. You can now enjoy a delicious grilled feast with the family. Not only were you able to cook it yourself, but you have saved a lot of money by shopping for the meat and cooking it at home. Do not forget to pat yourself in the back for a steak well done.