How to Grill a Steak

Okay, I just dug up this little cooking guide I got prepared a little while back. Since we’ve been talking about barbecuing pork ribs, I figured we should talk steak too. This is a very basic and uncomplicated method, but it’s so good.


• Your favorite marinade (I’ll share mine below)
• Nice cuts of steak
• Mushrooms for topping if you’d like

Also, keep on hand a container you can marinate in, fork and barbecue utensils.

Marinate Steak

The secret to a tender and delicious steak is to marinate for about 8 hours or overnight. Place your marinade in a container and place the steaks on top to coat the bottom of the steaks. We use a simple marinade of olive oil, Worcestershire sauce, balsamic vinegar and pepper. This helps create a tender steak and doesn’t use any sugars that can burn on the grill.

Flip the steaks to cover the other side of the steaks with marinade.

Cover and refrigerate overnight or for about 8 hours. You can flip the steaks part way through the process to ensure even marinating.


Take the steaks out of the fridge to bring to room temperature. Meanwhile, preheat your grill to medium high heat. Place the steaks on the grill.

How long you’ll grill the steak on each side depends on the size of steak you have and how you like it done.

Here’s a handy little steak grilling chart to help you:

Rare Medium Rare Medium
3/4” steak 6 min / side 7 min / side 8 min / side
1” steak 7 min / side 8 min / side 9 min / side
1 ½” steak 9 min / side 10 min / side 12 min / side

These are just a guide and there will still be variables, depending on the type of steak you use, the heat of your grill and more. Steaks are rare when they reach an internal temperature between 120 – 130 F. Medium rare is 130 – 140 F and Medium is 140 – 150 F.

Flip the steaks and continue to grill for the prescribed amount of time. Some recipes suggest flipping steaks several times, but unless it’s a flank steak, this isn’t necessary and can actually dry your steak.


Let the meat stand about 5 minutes before serving. The steak will actually continue to cook slightly during this time, so take that into account when deciding to remove a steak from the grill. It’s always better to take a steak of earlier, rather than later because you can always put a steak back on the grill if you need it cooked more.

Serve your steak with HP sauce, top with mushrooms or anyway you like.

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