A dad is someone special. Dads teach kids how to be wonderful men and excellent fathers just by being there for them every day. One way to honor dad is with something he’ll like to eat this June. Every great dad deserves a great Father’s Day. For many dads and many families, it’s about company, love and the opportunity to enjoy a fabulous meal on Father’s Day. Nothing says classic Father’s Day like that barbecue. And what’s a good barbecue without a great slab of grilled steak? Succulent, flavorful and elegant, steak also pairs very well with many other types of Father’s Day foods. Use steak as the centerpiece for a meal with family favorites like potato salad, cole slaw, grilled corn, sliced tomatoes and a cherry tart.
Picking the Meat
Many kinds of steak grill well. For a really good meat, look for steak that has a good pink color and lots of marbling. It’s a good idea to allow at least half a steak per guest. Buy the steak no earlier than three days before use. Store it in the fridge. For best flavor, avoid freezing the meat. Locally sourced meat from The Butcher Shop offers the best quality and can be grilled easily. The steak should be handled carefully to avoid any bruises or other problems. A thick cut is a good idea for the steak as it will cook quickly and please every guest.
A Spice Rub
Another important aspect when cooking the steak is the right kind of preparation beforehand. It’s a good idea to add a rub or a marinated for even more flavor. Many dads love rubs that have at least some spice to them. A classic rub combines a tablespoon of ground chili powder with a teaspoon of instant espresso powder. Add a sprinkling of salt to help draw the liquid from the meat and tenderize it. For a surprise bit of understated sweetness, a fourth of a teaspoon of ground cinnamon makes the entire steak come alive with intense and enjoyable flavor. Leave the steak in rub for half an hour to allow for maximum flavors to permeate the entire steak.
Preparing Coals For the Grilled Steak
Once the steak has been rubbed with flavor and allowed to rest, this makes it a good time to prepare the coals for grilling. Let the coals get glowing and hot before placing the steak on the grill. The steak should be at least an inch above the heat to allow the steak to cook as quickly as possible. Steak needs time to cook. In general, steak ranges from medium rare to well done. Those who want your steak that is less well done should consider a shorter cooking time of no more than four minutes per side. Once the steak is removed from the coals, it should be allowed at least five minutes to rest so that the juice stays inside the meat and keeps it completely tender in the mouth.