It might still be a couple of months before we truly hit summer, but it’s never too early to start preparing for that summer BBQ!
Barbecues are a hallmark of the classic Aussie summer, and if done right, you could well be the most popular person on your street.
Of course, no barbecue is complete without a good steak to treat your guests to, and grilling it to perfection is only half the job.
The secret to a great steak is in how you prepare the meat beforehand, so here are some tips to help you hit the mark.
Choose the right meat
Which specific type of meat you select can have a huge bearing on its eventual taste.
If you want to treat your guests to some of the best tasting meat available, why not go for some great organic beef for the perfect steak?
Organic meat also has the benefits of being healthy and free of hormones and antibiotics.
Salt is usually all that is needed to season high-quality beef before you cook it, although it’s usually fine to add a dash of pepper as well if you are so inclined.
People seem to disagree about when exactly they should salt their meat, with some stating it should be done days before, while others say the salt should be added just before grilling.
Salting your meat a half-hour or hour should be sufficient, but let personal preference be your guide.
Avoid using any oil on your beef or the grill. Oil can adversely affect the flavour of your steak, and the fat from the meat should be enough to keep it tender as it cooks.
Allow the meat to achieve room temperature by leaving it out for an hour or so before cooking.
Not only will this mean your steak is cooked quicker, it will help to distribute the heat more evenly throughout the meat and get it done to perfection.