|Here they are before they hit the coals.|
- Do not use anything other than all natural hardwood charcoal. Briquettes and the like will ruin your food by leaving behind that unnatural smoke flavor that you would never want to taste in a million years. This also applies to lighter fluid, just don't use it.
- Once the steaks are cooked to your desired temperature LET THEM REST!!! I can't stress this enough. Liquids will redistribute into the meat and wont end up pouring out onto your plate. More liquids means more flavor and a higher quality texture.
- Depending on how well you cooked your steak, always be sure to scrape off any excessive amount of black char on the outside. There is no need to remove all of it, but be sure scrape off most of the smoky char with a knife before serving.
1-2 2 inch thick strip steaks
Fresh coarsely ground black pepper
Large grain salt (Preferably a sea salt like Maldon)
1. Leave steaks at room temperature while you prepare the coals. (If you really believe tempering makes a difference like me, leave them out for a full three hours to get them to room temperature.)
2. Light coals in a chimney and let them burn until they are completely white. Drop the coals into your grill and waft away as much ash as possible.
3. Just before grilling liberally cover the steaks with salt and pepper. Quickly throw these on the coals with the fat cap down first. After a minute of cooking the fat cap cook the other two sides for 3 minutes a piece. This will give you a rare steak in the middle like the first picture below.
4. If you would like a more medium cut of steak (second picture below) leave them on for another 1 to 2 minutes per side.
5. When cooked, remove the steaks from the coals and let them rest for 5 to 10 minutes. When they are ready to serve scrape off most of the outside char and any ashes left from cooking.