Grilling Tips

by Chef Karl Marsh


The Secrets of Perfect Grilling

Grilling season is now in full swing. I love this time of the year because I often get to do my Secrets of Perfect Grilling presentation. Last weekend, I got to do it on the beach in San Diego and next weekend I will be doing it on the Atlantic City Boardwalk at the Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival. I know what you are thinking, tough job, right? Well as my dad used to say “If it wasn’t work, they wouldn’t pay you to do it.” My job can be a lot of hard work, but doing my grilling presentation is one of the more enjoyable parts of my job. I thought it might be fun to share this information with you here as well.

The Secrets of Perfect Grilling are really pretty simple, in fact, there on only 3 of them, but before I tell you what they are, let’s set some ground rules. First of all, grilling should be fun. If you are not having fun then you are doing it wrong. Second, there isn’t just one right way to grill. There are many good methods and techniques for grilling. What’s important are the results. What I am sharing with you today is what works for me, that does not mean it is the only way to do it.

So without further adieu, the secrets of perfect grilling are… Drum Roll…

1. Start with the highest quality product.
2. Use proper technique.
3. Know when it is done.

That’s it. Pretty simple right? Well maybe I should go into a little more detail?

Starting with the highest quality product is the easiest part. Just order or buy your steaks from Omaha Steaks and you can check that box. Using the proper technique is a little harder but if you follow our 10 grilling tips, you will be most of the way there.

Ten Tips for Perfect Grilling

1. Clean and pre-heat your grill on high.
2. Lightly oil everything before you put it on the grill. This helps the searing process and prevents sticking.
3. Season your food before grilling, preferably with one of our seasonings.
4. Sear the outside of steaks when grilling. This really helps with the flavor and juiciness.
5. Use tongs or a spatula to turn your meat on the grill. Using a fork can damage the meat.
6. Cover your grill as much as possible during the grilling process. This helps to lock in the grilled flavor and will help prevent flare-ups.
7. Keep a spray bottle with water handy to douse any un-expected flare-ups.
8. Use the 60/40 grilling method. Grill for 60% of the time on the first side, then grill 40% of the time after you turn over the food. This will give you an evenly cooked product.
9. Place your cooked product on a clean plate. Never place cooked product on the plate you used to transport the raw product to the grill without thoroughly washing it first.
10. Allow your foods to “rest” for 5 minutes between cooking and eating. This will help them retain moisture when you cut into them.

Knowing When They’re Done

This is the hardest part. There are several methods for knowing when a steak has reaches the doneness that you desire. One is the touch method. You can poke the steak with your finger and feel the texture of the meat and know how done it is. How do you know how done it is? Years and years of practice. Another method is the visual method. This is the way most professionals do it, including myself. By just looking at the steak while it’s cooking, I can tell how done it is. Again, this is a more advanced method and takes a long time to master. The easiest way to tell when a steak is done is to use our grilling chart or our Steak Time smartphone app. For that all you need is a ruler, a watch, and a preheated 500-600 degree grill.

There you have it. The Secrets to Perfect Grilling!
Cheers! Chef Karl


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About the Author

Karl Marsh is Omaha Steaks' Executive and Research Chef. A graduate of the Century School of Culinary Arts in San Diego, California, Karl has worked as a professional chef for more than 23 years. His responsibilities at Omaha Steaks include new product development and testing, quality assurance, and recipe development. Karl's award-winning creativity in the kitchen has inspired him to develop many interesting and innovative recipes that feature mouth-watering Omaha Steaks products.

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