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Charcoal Grilled Steak

Charcoal Grilled Steak

There is simply nothing else like grilled steak. Try this simple recipe for Charcoal Grilled Steak that keeps it lean.


4 lean strip steaks with or without bone, 1-1/4 to 1-1/2-inches thick (12 to 16 ounces each) patted dry
Salt and ground black pepper to taste


Light large chimney starters filled with hardwood charcoal (about 2-1/2 pounds) and allow burning until all charcoal is covered with a layer of fine gray ash. Build a two level fire by stacking most of coals on one side of the grill, arranging the remaining coals in single layer on the other side of grill. Set cooking rack in place, cover grill with lid, and let rack heat up, about five minutes. Use a wire brush to scrape cooking rack clean. Grill is ready when pile of coals is medium-hot and single layer is medium-low.

Meanwhile, sprinkle both sides of steaks with salt and pepper. Grill steaks, uncovered, over hotter part of fire until well browned on one side, two to three minutes. Turn steaks; grill until well browned on other side, two to three minutes. If the steaks start to flame put them to cooler part of grill and/or extinguish flames with a squirt bottle of water.

Once the steaks are nice and browned on both sides, slide them to the cooler part of the grill. Continue grilling, uncovered, to desired doneness, five to six minutes more. Rare (120 degrees on instant read thermometer. Medium-rare: six to seven minutes on the rare side (125 degrees), seven to eight minutes for medium-rare on medium side, (130 degrees). Eight to nine minutes for medium (134 to 140 degrees). Remove steaks from the grill and let rest for five minutes.

Nutrition Information

Recipe makes 4 servings.

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