Next week folks will be firing up their grills and cooking up holiday favorites like hot dogs, hamburgers and bratwursts. Fun fact - the American population will consume approximately 150 million hot dogs during 4th of July! While hot dogs remain supreme during this holiday, SideChef, the award-winning step-by-step cooking app, believes that steaks, when prepared and executed properly, have the potential to replace hot dogs as the go-to favorites for this holiday.
Below is a compilation of SideChef’s meat grilling tips for this 4th of July:
- Leave the steak out before cooking: A good steak spends more time in room temperature than cooking. To get the most of any steak, pull it out of the refrigerator at least an hour before cooking it.
- Season liberally: Because the inside of a steak cannot be seasoned, liberal seasoning pulls out the natural flavor of a large piece of meat. Both sides of the meat should be seasoned with coarse kosher salt and freshly ground pepper and pressed in to stick. Make sure to pat the steak dry with a paper towel before seasoning.
- Flip your steak every minute: While some people may disagree, flipping the steak frequently can result in even searing. When it is almost done, feel free to rub the steak with garlic, add a pat of butter and/or rub with herbs (such as thyme or rosemary).
- Use a thermometer: Depending on the size of the steak and preferred level of doneness, touch can be misleading, which is why a thermometer is incredibly helpful. A rare steak comes in at 125°F, with each level of doneness after that an additional ten degrees, leaving a well done steak anywhere above 160°F.
- Let that steak rest: Before cutting and serving, allow the steak to rest 5–10 minutes, allowing the juices to relax and reabsorb into the steak.
So if you're up for a steak this holiday season, here are some great steak recipes to consider!