Grilled Barbecue Steak

Although there are so many , is always a favorite. Grilled steak doesn't require a complicated recipe with a lot of spices or marinade to make it flavorful - a simple preparation is all it needs. Here's how we cook steak on a charcoal grill.

Choosing a Steak for the Grill

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The better your cut of steak, the easier it is to prepare. Look for tender steaks such as T-bones, striploin, tenderloin, rib eye, or porterhouse. Top sirloin is good too but it's a bit tougher (although still very tasty).

Ideally, the steak would be well marbled. Marbling is the thin streaks of fat that run throughout the meat that give the meat extra juiciness and flavor. Also look for beef that is well-aged for maximum tenderness.


Tender cuts of beef don't need much preparation or marinating. All it needs is salt & pepper. Season the meat just before you're ready to put it on the grill (there's no need to let the salt & pepper "sit" -- this will just make the meat dry out due to the salt).


Everyone has their own method for grilling steak, and their preferences for how they like their steaks done. Here is ours: (starts a few paragraphs down the page). For every extra 1/2" of thickness, add another 2 to 3 minutes to the grill time.


Once the steak is done, take it off the grill and put it on a cutting board. Cover loosely with a foil "tent" (make sure the foil isn't tight - you don't want the steak to keep cooking). Let it sit for about 10 minutes to let the juices re-distribute throughout the meat. If you like, add a pat of garlic butter to the top of the steak just before serving. Then go ahead and enjoy your barbecue steak!



This website offers tips on how to BBQ as well as some of our favorite barbecue recipes. We barbecue with a charcoal grill in an outdoor kamado-style cooker called The Big Green Egg. We love food and we love the grill, and hope you enjoy our recipes!