We all know the saying: “The Way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” So, why are we continuing to purchase endless ties and t-shirts for our dear old dad? Fathers love good food and for most dads good food comes includes a great steak!
Grilling steaks for Dad on Father’s Day would make an awesome gift. You father can relax and enjoy himself on the day observed just for him. Now, let’s get to work.
It's important to know your cuts of meat before planning the menu. You don't want to cook the dad in your life a tasteless, tough piece of leather. You might not notice the difference, but let's face it - he will. Since you'll likely be grilling, it's important to know the best cuts of meat for the grill.
You want to choose the most tender portions of meat for grilling on Father’s Day. Experts generally consider these cuts of beef to be the best for grilling
If there is the word "loin" on the package, you're in good shape, though most grill experts agree the T-bone is the most superior cut of beef for grilling. It stays tender and juicy, and is thick enough to withstand a fair amount of time on the grill without overcooking. Stay away from top round or anything with "round" or "chuck" in the name. These will not cook well on the grill. Flank steak and London broil can also be tough.
Next, it's important to know how to choose a steak. Don't just grab the first package that looks good to you. Look for some good marbling in the steak. Yes, this is another word for fat. But we're not cooking for the dieter in the family on this special father’s day, we're trying to give dad a good steak, remember? Those little bits of fat scattered about the steak will essentially melt while the meat is cooking, giving the meat a rich and more tender flavor.
Also, don't trim the fat from your steak before cooking. It might be the diet book author in you coming out, but that thick layer of fat around your steak is what will give the steak a wonderful juicy quality and rich flavor. You can cook the steak, and then trim the fat, but cook the steak while it's still dressed in its fat clothes. It's worth it.
It's important to know your grades of steak:
- Prime is the top grade, and it features the most marbling and is the most tender, but most of us don't have access to this grade in mainstream grocery stores. This is often what you get in a restaurant.
- Choice is the best grade most of us can get in the grocery store. But choice does not guarantee high quality as this grade encompasses meat that can be almost as good as prime, or almost as bad as select, our next grade.
- Select beef is the most lean and least expensive beef and is the grade of beef most commonly found in your grocery store meat case. Since this is Father's Day, try to find choice and splurge a little.
If you are unsure about your ability to pick up a good steak locally, consider ordering online and having fresh high-quality steaks delivered to your door.
At Omaha Steaks online, you can buy a large variety pack of meat, grill some for dad, and then send him home with a few spares for another day.
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