Best way to cook a steak.

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Weber Grill at the Weber Grill, Chicago

I’ve been eating steak since before I had teeth. Anyway, that’s what my hope is. My thought is my parents would put a freshly grilled steak in the blender and feed it to me in baby food form. However, in my adult form, I’ve adopted the reverse sear method of cooking a steak. It’s very easy and gives you consistently delicious results. Because of this method, my spouse will remind me to never order a steak if we go out to eat.

  1. Purchase a 1″ thick steak. Ribeye or New York Strip is my favorite cut. I’ve been using ButcherBox for a few years. It’s expensive but the quality and convenience are worth it.
  2. Get yourself a quarter sheet rack pan (allows airflow)
  3. Cover the entire steak in coarse kosher salt. This is a wet aging process to pull some of the moisture out of the steak.
  4. Place steak on pan and rack and refrigerate for 8 to 10 hours. (flip it about 4 hours in)
  5. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. I’ve been using the super smoke setting on my Weber Pellet Grill for about 10-15 mins on a cold steak. The smoke flavor is unreal
  6. Cook in the oven or smoker until the internal temperature reaches 115-120 degrees. This is at the blue rare stage. Pull it sooner if you want a rare steak.
  7. Rest for 10 minutes, you too, you’ve been working hard
  8. Coat the steak in peanut oil and add more seasoning if you like, I suggest Montreal steak or a simple coating of coarse black pepper. You need something to help build a crust.
  9. Heat your grill as hot as it can get. My Weber goes up to 600, but you want a minimum of 500 degrees for searing.
    1. Alt Method: Heat a cast iron skillet as hot as you can, but don’t touch it with your index finger. To know it’s ready, drop a few beads of water in the skillet, if they disappear immediately, then it’s ready.
  10. Sear on both sides for about 45 seconds to 1 minute. While adding a few spoonfuls of ghee to give it some extra juice.
  11. Rest for 10 more minutes.
  12. Eat your steak, it should be nice and medium rare with a nice crust on the outside.

The Irritating Guide to Chewing Gum

Chewing gum is on my shortlist as one of the worst things ever invented. Here is a short guide to maximizing everyone’s enjoyment of your gum chewing

  • Chew with your mouth open like a cat eating peanut butter
  • Pop it against the roof of your mouth
  • Blow bubbles then suck them in to make a sound like a vacuum cleaner picking up a plastic shopping bag.
  • Place enough gum in your mouth as to hinder speech
  • When you get back in your car, roll down the window and toss out your gum so it gets nice and hot and someone will step in it as soon as they park and get out.
  • If someone asks for a piece of gum, always say you’re chewing your last piece, and refer to the first item on the list to show them how it’s done

Hope this helps