3 Steps to a Perfect Steak
Pick good charcoal, time carefully, and jab with your thumb
By Kate Rockwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 8, 2008 1:13 PM CDT
The quality of meat is half of a great steak. The other half is your grilling technique.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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(Newser) – Just in time for grilling season, Esquire serves up tips on making the perfect steak.

  1. Choose charcoal wisely: Hardwood charcoal burns hotter, which is great for the grill. You want to sear the meat, so wait until the flames have calmed before tossing in steaks.

  1. Time yourself: Flipping too often dries out meat, and too soon wrecks the crust. For perfection, wait 4 to 6 minutes before grabbing the tongs.
  2. Test by your thumb: Make an "OK" sign with your index finger and poke the base of the thumb. That's the feel of rare meat. Now do it with your middle finger—that’s medium-rare. And so on.
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