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by Staff Writer
One of the easiest ways to cook a steak is with a gas grill. With just a few tips, you can easily get mouthwatering, juicy steaks every time.
Prepare. It's best to have all the meat, utensils and seasonings ready and nearby, so you don't have to run back and forth. Leaving a gas grill unattended can be dangerous, so make sure you're ready to cook before you turn it on.
Heat it up. Turn your grill on high and close the lid. Allow it to heat up for 20-30 minutes. While it is heating up, get your steaks out and allow them to warm up to room temperature. The steaks will cook much more evenly if the internal temperature of the meat is even to begin with.
Season the steak. To prepare the steaks, first pat them dry with a paper towel. Now brush a little olive oil onto each side and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Check your grates. Make sure your grates are clean and oiled before you put your steaks on them. To oil the grate, you can use your tongs to rub fat trimmed from your steaks onto the hot cooking grates.
Cook with care. Lay the steak away from direct flames; as the steak cooks, fat will drip down and cause the flames to jump up and burn the steak. Cook the steak for 2 to 3 minutes, depending on how you like it cooked, and then rotate the steak 45 degrees and cook another 2 to 3 minutes to give the steak diamond-patterned sear marks. Flip the steak and repeat the process on the other side.
Keep it juicy. To preserve the natural juices of the meat, do not poke it or stab it with forks or knives while it's cooking. Always use tongs to turn your steak.
Check for doneness. You can usually tell how done a steak is by pressing down on the meat with your tongs. Rarer steaks are softer than well-done ones. Steak meant to be more done should be placed on the grill ten or fifteen minutes before meat meant to be rare. Don't turn your meat too often; constantly lifting the lid will cool off your grill and cause your steaks to cook more slowly, and it will be harder to maintain a steady temperature.
Rest. Let the steak rest for five minutes before serving. If you don't let it rest, you'll lose the juices when you make your first cut.
Rare: 8-10 minutes for a 1-inch steak or 10-12 minutes for a 1 1/2-inch steak.
Medium: 12-14 minutes for a 1-inch steak or 16-20 minutes for a 1 1/2-inch steak.
Well-done: 16-20 minutes for a 1-inch steak or 22-26 minutes for a 1 1/2-inch steak.
Always practice good safety procedures when using a gas grill. Check the tubes and tanks for wear or damage before every use and shelter it from extreme weather when you're not using it. Clean it regularly to prevent contamination and to help it work more efficiently.
Published April 28, 2010
Updated November 28, 2014