Hello all, I'm sure everyone has their favorite way to cook steak in their ceramic, here is my favorite and highest voted method. I often don't know what the actual temps are as my thermometer is broken and I got lazy to request a replacement. I usually cook by feel and look and just past experiences. These numbers are all subject to +/- The best advice I can give to new Kamado owners it to just use your grill, don't worry about everything being dead on time / temps and just enjoy the art and fun of cooking and then eating some of the best food ever prepared. You'll have lots of crap meals but it's all about learning and having fun. My first, second, third etc.. attempt at ribs were all Grade A failures! and my first Pulled pork was the best and I can't seem to replicate my results.. I also document in as much detail as possible(Temps, Times, Check-Ins, Looks, Charcoal, Weather etc...) every new cook until I'm grilling winners.
Have fun, and WELCOME SPRING TIME! What am I going to cook tonight....
Steak: Strip Loin or Tender Loin about 1 1/4 inches thick. Grill: Vision Classic B Series - http://www.visiongrills.com/grills/classic-b-series/ Charcoal: Royal Oak Lump - http://royal-oak.com/royal_oak-natural-lump Before I even go near the Grill,
1. Start with Prepping the Steaks
Dry the steak before I apply the magic, just dab with paper towel.
I season the steaks. I don't do it the same way, always shake it up but a key is Salt. Not too much but not too little. You can over salt, but it's easier to undersalt. Depending on the salt content of the spice I'll add additional salt or not. and ALWAYS fresh ground pepper. Usually lots and never find it's too much.
I then RUB emotionally the spice / salt / pepper into the meat. Making sure it's all covered and looking great!
Let sit on a plate and keep my cats(who eat nothing but raw meat) away from them.
2. Get that Grill as hot as possible!
** Always burp your grill at these temps, I've had a few instances where I got an eye-brow job from the whoooomph of fire....
This is the best part, takes time but is worth it and I get a thrill with the 900+ degrees and my guests are usually amazed. I'll load that fire bowl up(at 900+ that stuff burns up quick!) and get it lit. Open bottom vent all the way and take the top off.
Occasionally go out and stir it around and get some great flame, often It's shooting out the top hole, that's How i know I've got some great heat! I've also killed my thermometer.. Not sure if it was the heat or the Nova Scotian winter..
Once I get it HOT HOT HOT, I'll put that grill in and let that heat up for usually 5-20 mins.
Once this is complete My steaks have sat for 30-45 mins.
3. Show-time - Sear Those Steaks
Depending on the cut and thickness they'll sear for 60-90 seconds on either side.Less or Equal to 1 - 1 1/4 inch = 60 Seconds a side Approx +/- 15 secs
Greater Than 1 1/4 inch + = 90 Seconds a side
Some keys to get the best flame during sear, Keep all vents open/off. Close the dome during the sear as it will get better flame touching those steaks giving you some beautiful black char.
After the sear, I throw them on a plate and wrap in tin foil for 20-35 mins and let rest inside.
I'll starve the charcoal of air and start to cook veggies, corn etc... Aiming to get it down to as close to estimated 350 as I can.
Use heat deflector to keep from burning and place other food on upper grill(This is always hard to get on when it's this hot.. Haven't figured a way to do it with my Vision effectively yet)
4. The Final Cook
After I let rest, and attempt to bring the temp down(depending on how much ash was in the fire pot, how full the bag of charcoal was I used my temps have been anywhere from 350 - 600...
The veggies have hopefully had enough time to cook and not burn from the fire.
* I'll open the bottom vent all the way and get some flames -- This is about 50% of the time, as some of my family doesn't like the real char steaks and claim they're burnt.. It's personal preference really.
How much time? Depending on temp of the grill, 350F would be the longest time, 600F would be the shortest. These temps are for roughly 1 1/4 inch Strip loins. Diff Cuts would cook faster than others.Blue Rare - Should be done or even Seared for less time; It'll moo pretty hard at 900+ degrees lol (I've never had this request)
Rare - 30 Secs - 1 min / Side
Med Rare - 1 min - 2min a side
Medium - 3min a side
Medium Well - 3min - 6min a side
Well - 7mins - 10min a side
Take off, Foil and let rest for 5-15 mins(Make sure you let it rest for at least 5 mins)... Such a large variance because depending on the temp of the grill, depending on if the other food is done,
The steak will continue to cook while resting, so be careful if they want med rare, med etc... you may over cook to their preference.
These will be GREAT! No sauce needed, they're more juicy than you could ever imagine possible.
This method has been claimed to be better than $40 steaks you get downtown by my guests.
I'd love to hear from feedback on the method, and hope some of you give it a go and let me know. Maybe some of you do something very similar or completely off the concept, It's all on personal taste. I don't use the most expensive beef, My family comes from butcher background so a lot of my beef, mostly tender loin is cut by me.