What is better in the Summertime than grilling? These Grilled Italian Steaks are the perfect easy recipe for Summertime. The ingredients are simple and it's a no-fuss recipe that's great for any day of the week. Not only are these steaks easy to make, but they are packed full of flavor.
What is the Best Cut of Meat for Grilled Italian Steaks?
This recipe for Italian Steaks allows you to use whatever cut of steak you would like. I have used sirloin and ribeye before, but strip or even flank would work well too. Ribeye and strip steak tend to be a little bit more tender and juicy and perhaps require less time for marinating. Sirloin and flank steak tend to be a little bit tougher, so marinating these cuts of meat for longer is important. For more information on the different cuts of beef that are great for grilling, check out this article HERE.
Should You Marinate Your Steaks?
The answer is, yes! No matter what cut of meat you choose, the important part of this particular recipe is to make sure you allow the meat time to marinate before cooking. Marinating meat prior to cooking serves a few purposes. It helps to infuse flavor, it tenderizes the meat and it also adds moisture to help the meat stay juicy. Another crucial step to making sure your steaks stay flavorful and juicy is to allow a resting period after cooking. Resting the meat for 5-10 minutes after cooking allows all of the juices time to absorb back into the meat. If you cut the steaks right after cooking, the juices will seep out and the steaks will be dry.
Cooking Temperatures for Beef
Once you allow your meat time to marinate, then it's time for grilling! Make sure you allow time for your grill to pre-heat, just like you would an oven. I pre-heat my grill on high to make sure it's nice and hot and then lower the temperature to medium-high to complete the cooking. Everyone's grill is different, so do what is best for what you have. Keep an eye on your steaks and if they are cooking to quickly on the outside, lower the temperature to allow time for the inside to cook properly. Using a thermometer to check the temperature of your meat is the best way to ensure your Italian Steaks are cooking properly. Here are the proper cooking temperatures for beef so you can make your steak, just the way you like.
- Rare - 125°
- Medium Rare - 135°
- Medium - 145°
- Medium Well - 150°
- Well - 160°
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