July 6th, 2015

It’s Grilling Season: Indirect Heat vs. Direct Heat

Grilling Steak

When grilling steak, you’ve got to master the art of using direct heat AND indirect heat. A combination of the two is best when you’re cooking steak.

Direct heat is just that – placing the meat directly above the heat source (the flame on a grill). The lid is open and this method is best used to first sear the steaks. Yum!

After the searing over direct heat is done, you can move to indirect heat. That’s when you use the reflected heat to cook the meat with the lid closed. Use the area of the grill set up for this – many times the center of the cooking grate. The meat is not directly over a flame but is getting cooked good and juicy.

But the more you open the lid the longer it takes when using indirect heat. Keep that in mind.

Really great steaks require both direct and indirect heat to make them truly special. And the extra time it takes makes all the difference in your final product.

So get out there and use that direct and indirect heat to your advantage this grilling season!


June 24th, 2015

Grilled Ribeye with Pancetta Butter Recipe

Grilled Ribeyes

Oh, man, does a steak butter give steaks an amazing flavor or what?

Nothing beats that butter-drenched flavor when you bite into a ribeye steak.

So fire up the grill and try out this delicious pancetta butter recipe on some grilled ribeye. It’s rich and buttery and it really brings out the meaty flavor of the ribeye steak.

Pancetta butter and ribeyes are a match made in heaven!

Grilled Ribeye with Pancetta Butter

Ingredients:

4 10 oz. ribeyes
2 3 slices pancetta (or bacon)
1 stick unsalted butter, room temp.
1 tbsp. chopped shallot
1/4 tsp. chopped garlic
1 tsp. chopped parsley
juice and zest of 1 lemon
salt and freshly ground pepper

Directions: Cook pancetta in a pan, saving rendered fat. After it’s cooled, chop pancetta and mix with reserved fat and butter in a bowl. Add shallot, garlic, parsley, lemon juice and zest. Mix and season with salt and pepper to taste. Place on parchment paper or plastic wrap, rolling to create a tube. Put in refrigerator until ready to use.

Grill steaks to desired doneness. Let steaks rest for 5 minutes. Remove butter tube from refrigerator and slice, placing a palette of butter on each steak.

Servings: 4

Source: The Kansas City Steak Company


June 8th, 2015

Steak Grilling Times

Steak Grilling Combo

You’ve got your steak marinated, it’s on the grill and your mouth is watering. But wait!

How long does it stay on the grill?

I don’t panic about this question because I use this clever grilling app that comes with a steak timer. It tells you the perfect steak grilling times for all your steaks – filet mignon, ribeye, Porterhouse steak, strip steak and more.

Want it rare? It’ll tell you!

Medium? Follow the instructions and you’ll have the steak you want.

Take it easy this summer and use all the tools at your disposal and you’ll have the perfect steaks every time!




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