Ahhh, it’s that wonderful time of year when we all start spending time outside and grilling up a storm in our back yards! If you’re lucky, you have the room to install a full outdoor kitchen like this one.
For most of us though, all we have to work with is a small patio or deck that may also be home to some dying potted plants and your air conditioner. So you need to find the best grill that fits your space and your budget. And, most importantly, you need to be able to grill “the perfect steak”!
In our quest to find the best method for cooking steak, we experimented with 4 different techniques. Our customers rated the flavor of the steaks and here are the results in order of their favorites:
- *Sous-Vide (water bath) then sear
- *Sous-Vide (steam oven) then sear
- Sear then grill
- Bake then sear
*Sous-vide is a french term meaning the food is sealed in plastic bag and placed in a water bath. The water is set to a specific temperature so the food cooks evenly and over a long period of time. This is a video showing the sous-vide process on a Monogram induction cooktop:
- SOUS-VIDE (WATER BATH) THEN SEAR
We used our Monogram 36″ induction cooktop to prepare the steaks by putting them into airtight bags with a bit of butter and seasonings. We then set the water temperature in a large pot to 130 degrees, the target for a rare steak. The cooktop comes with a blue-tooth connected temperature sensor that immerses in the water and gives a reading to the cooktop. You will never over-cook your meat using this method. Then we fired up the sear burner on our Napoleon Pro 500 grill to 1200 degrees. Once the steak had been in the bath for 40 minutes, we seared it for 90 seconds per side. This steak was the clear winner, perfectly tender and juicy!
- SOUS-VIDE (STEAM OVEN) THEN SEAR
Using the same idea but without the plastic bag, we put the next steak into our Wolf steam oven. We set the steam at 135, and plugged a temperature probe into the steak. Then we programmed the oven to cook the steak up to 130 degrees. Once it hit that temperature, we finished the steak in the same way with a 1200 degree sear on the Napoleon Pro 500 for 90 seconds per side. This method took second place and tasted fantastic, just not quite as tender as the winner!
3. SEAR THEN GRILL
Starting with salted and peppered room temperature steaks, we seared them at 1200 degrees for 90 seconds per side. We then finished them at 350 degrees in the main compartment of the Napoleon 500 grill, cooking them to an internal temperature of 135 degrees. We let them rest for 5 minutes before cutting into them. The steaks were delicious and juicy!
4. BAKE THEN SEAR
Using our G.E. Profile convection oven, we set a temperature probe in the meat to a target temperature of 130 degrees, and baked the steaks at 180 degrees. We finished these off at 90 seconds per side on the Napoleon pro 500 sear burner. Much better tasting than just throwing a cold steak onto the grill!
We hope you’ll try all four of these methods and find the one that helps you create your “perfect steak”!
You can check out all of our grills in action Saturday, April 29th during our grilling season kickoff event. We carry Broil King, Napoleon, Lynx, Coyote, Viking and Wolf grills. Hope to see you there!
Also, look for our television grilling segments: Thursday, April 27th on the ABC Midday news at 11am; Friday, April 28th on Good Things Utah at 9am; and Friday, April 28th on Fox 13 Midday news at 11am.