Grilling Tips Everyone Should Know

By Good Ranchers April 17, 2020

You may call yourself a Grill Master, but do you know some of the simplest tips for grilling steaks and other meats? Check out a few of these basic grilling tips everyone should know. If you can pass this post with flying colors, maybe you actually are a Grill Master.

Thaw Your Steaks

Make sure to de-thaw your steaks in advance. Our Good Ranchers steaks come individually packaged and vacuum-sealed for easy freezing purposes, so try to plan ahead for steak night. You also want to let your steak come to room temperature before grilling, so give yourself time. You know what they say; good things come to those who wait.

Clean and Oil Your Grill

Before you begin grilling your Good Ranchers steak (or whatever you’re grilling), turn the grill on so it gets hot and brush off the grill with a long handled wire grill brush. This will help remove any grime left on your grill from your last grill session, and get it primed for your current grilling session.

You can also stab a half-cut onion with a fork, and rub it over the hot grill to loosen up any leftover grime. Get your grill ready by safely rubbing a paper towel soaked in olive oil over the hot grill to prevent meat and vegetables from sticking. (Use tongs or another grill accessory to ensure you don’t burn yourself.)

Marinate Your Steaks

This step is optional, pending if you’re a fan of marinating or not, but this will help lock in the flavor. Most marinades only need about 20-minutes to soak in the refrigerator, which is the perfect amount of time to let your grill continue to heat up. You can also marinate your steaks overnight, depending on which steak marinade recipe you choose. Marinade or not, don’t skip this next step.

Salt Your Steaks

You may not be into marinades, but salting your steaks and salting them early is key, according to Weber’s website.

“You might have heard the warning that you shouldn’t salt meat too far in advance of cooking because it can draw out moisture. It’s true that salt draws moisture towards itself, but over the course of 20 to 30 minutes that’s a good thing, because the salt begins to dissolve into that little bit of moisture.

When the steak hits the hot cooking grate, the sugars and proteins in the moisture combine with the salt and other seasonings to create a delicious crust. Any moisture you might lose is well worth the flavor of that crust.” via

Don’t Guess, Use a Thermometer

We’ve all taken our steaks off the grill too early or left them on too long, it just comes with the grilling territory, but investing in an internal meat thermometer will ensure your steak is cooked to perfection.

We Know You’re Hungry, But Wait

Once you remove your steak from the grill, we know how tempting it is to cut it up and dig in, but wait. Actually, wait about 5-10 minutes to allow the juices to continue to soak in and redistribute evenly for steak perfection. We promise this extra step will be well worth the wait, but we admit it takes a little practice to time your side dishes just right.

Fun Fact

Did you know a Consumer Grilling Study found that Americans prefer beef? According to the survey, nearly three out of four American grillers say the ONE meat they most often grill is beef (69%) versus chicken (25%) or pork (6%).

Other Grilling Resources

Check out these other grilling techniques and tips for the best steaks and meat around. And here are more tips for grilling the perfect steak.

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