August 24th, 2015

Filet Mignon Video Tutorial

Are you a visual person?

I am.

Sometimes I just need someone to SHOW me how to do something. Seems like with YouTube and social media, video is the quickest way to thoroughly explain a topic.

And what better topic than steak? Filet mignon, to be exact.

The corporate chef for The Kansas City Steak Company has put together a video that provides tips on preparing their #1 best seller – the filet mignon.

It’s tender. It’s juicy. It’s buttery soft. But cook it wrong and it’ll taste like a hockey puck.

Trust me.

These steaks are delicate so you want to treat your filet with tender loving care. That way, it’ll love you right back.

Like it wrapped with bacon? Done.

Marinated? Check.

Bone-in or without? Sure!

So many choices. And when done right, this cut is brimming with flavor and leaves a lasting impression. It’s cut from the beef tenderloin roast and it’s really special.

So, what are the chef’s main tips?

  1. Make sure it’s aged 28 days and the fat has been hand removed. That way, the beautiful beef shines through.
  2. Check to ensure it’s well marbled for optimal flavor.
  3. Thaw frozen steaks overnight in your refrigerator.
  4. Take them out about a half hour before and let them come up to room temperature. That will allow them to cook evenly on the grill.
  5. Use a clean, hot grill cranked up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. A high, dry heat works best with a low fat content steak like filet mignon.
  7. It’s recommended to cook these steaks to medium rare for best results. Do not overcook. (Remember the hockey puck?)
  8. Season all sides of the filet mignon so the natural flavor is brought out in every single bite.
  9. Keep one side of the grill hot and the other side on medium. Halfway through, move the steaks to the medium side so that they continue to cook but don’t burn on the outside.
  10. Cook to an internal temperature of 128 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a meat thermometer in the center of the steak to test. Don’t ever check with a knife.
  11. Let the steaks rest on a platter for 5-10 minutes. They won’t get cold! This allows the natural juices to flavor the whole steak.

Follow these chef tips for a beautiful filet mignon every time! And watch more videos here:

August 27th, 2014

Labor Day Grilling Hacks



Wanna take the “labor” out of Labor Day grilling?

Try these tips to make your holiday grilling run smoothly!

1. Check out these “Top 10 Steak Grilling Tips” from a real-live chef. Advice like “season early” seems simple enough, but if it’s skipped it could lead to some sad steaks.

2. Sometimes seeing is believing. Watch these videos for step-by-step instructions for your specific meal. Whether you’re grilling a ribeye, a Chateaubriand or going all out with some Wagyu Kobe beef, you’re covered with these videos.

3. Brush up on your thawing skills here. Should you leave your frozen meat out in the hot sun to get it ready for the grill? Find out here!

4. Need some recipe inspiration for your Labor Day grilling extravaganza? You’re sure to find something you’ll want to try in this list of amazing recipes.

5. Find the perfect wine to go with your grilled perfection with this wine pairing chart. I like charts ’cause they do all the hard work for me!

6. Wanna know how long you should grill a specific steak cut on each side for that perfect taste? Well, speaking of charts, we’ve got one for that!

7. And not only do we have a chart for that, we’ve got an app for that, too!

Now you’re all set to hit it out of the park (or at least onto the grill) this Labor Day!

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May 21st, 2014

Video: Steakhouse Secrets – Perfect Steak at Home


Looking for the secrets of the pros? Check out this video on making your own PERFECT steak at home.

Tips and techniques from chefs always make at-home meals better.

Try it this weekend – this LOOONNNG, EXTENDED weekend!

And while we’re enjoying a day off, let’s remember the folks who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom this Memorial Day.


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Hi! My name is Dena P., and I love steak. In fact, I’ve been on a quest for the perfect steak for a few years now.

I love experimenting with food and I like to get my family, friends and neighbors involved. They add a lot to my cooking experience by helping me perfect techniques and sharing recipes.

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