The Art of Grilling the Perfect Steak on Charcoal

Grilling steak on a charcoal grill is an art form that requires skill and precision. With a few tips and tricks, you can achieve a juicy, tender, and flavorful steak that will leave your taste buds begging for more. In this article, we will guide you through the process of grilling the best charcoal steaks ever!

Steaks on charcoal grill

Achieving the Ultimate Charcoal Grilled Steak

Imagine a beautiful summer day, surrounded by family, and preparing a mouthwatering dinner on your grill. The star of the show? These delicious charcoal grilled steaks. Nothing compares to the flavor and aroma of a steak cooked to perfection on a charcoal grill.

Kingsford Charcoal Briquettes poured into grill

If you’re new to grilling steaks on a charcoal grill, don’t worry. We have the ultimate guide to help you achieve a delicious, juicy steak. While it may require a little extra effort compared to using a gas grill, the difference in taste is well worth it. Trust us, once you experience the smoky flavor and perfect sear on your steak, you’ll never go back.

One of our secrets to achieving the ultimate charcoal grilled steak is using Kingsford Hardwood Charcoal Briquettes, our favorite all-natural hardwood charcoal. These briquettes, available at Home Depot, produce low amounts of ash and generate high heat, perfect for searing steaks and adding that sought-after smoky flavor.

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Flames of lit charcoal

Mastering the Art of Grilling Steak on Charcoal

Let’s dive into the five simple steps to grill the perfect steak on your charcoal grill.

Step 1 – Prep and Season the Steak

Begin by taking your steak out of the fridge and seasoning it on both sides with your favorite rub or our recommended blend. Let the seasoned steak sit for 30 minutes, allowing the flavors to penetrate and tenderize the meat. Trim any excess fat to prevent flare-ups during grilling.

Step 2 – Fire up the Grill

For steaks, you want your charcoal grill to be as hot as possible, ideally reaching temperatures between 550-650 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use a chimney starter or light a pile of approximately 100 Kingsford Hardwood Charcoal Briquettes. Once the coals are ready, arrange them on one side of the grill for direct heat while leaving the other side without coals for indirect heat. Replace the grill’s top grate and let it heat up. Remember to keep all vents fully open.

Step 3 – Grilling the Steak

Place your seasoned steak directly above the hot coals, allowing it to sear for two minutes. Rotate the steak a quarter turn to achieve beautiful grill marks and sear for an additional two minutes. Flip the steak and repeat the searing process on the other side. Once properly seared, move the steak to the cooler side of the grill with no direct heat. Thinner steaks may be done after searing, depending on your desired level of doneness. Close the lid and continue cooking the steak until it reaches your preferred temperature. There’s no need to flip the steak while cooking indirectly.

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Step 4 – Check Steak for Doneness

Use a digital instant-read thermometer to check the steak’s temperature while it’s still on the grill. The following temperature ranges indicate the steak’s doneness:

  • Rare: 130°F
  • Medium-Rare: 135°F
  • Medium: 145°F
  • Medium-Well: 150°F
  • Well-Done: 160°F

Remember that the steak’s temperature will rise a few more degrees after removing it from the grill.

Step 5 – Remove and Rest

The final step is crucial to ensure a juicy and tender steak. Remove the steak from the grill, place it on a cutting board, and loosely tent it with aluminum foil. Let it rest for 5 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute, resulting in a perfectly cooked steak.

Grilling Steak on Charcoal FAQs

For beginners using a charcoal grill, here are a few additional pointers:

How do you know when a charcoal grill is ready?

The coals are ready when the top ones turn slightly gray with ash, typically taking 10-15 minutes.

Do you close the grill when cooking a steak?

If you’re grilling a thin steak that cooks quickly after searing, you can leave the grill open. For thicker cuts of steak, place the grill cover on after moving the steak to indirect heat.

How do you sear steak on a charcoal grill?

With your grill preheated to high, place the steaks over direct heat and cook for about 2 minutes. Rotate a quarter turn and cook for an additional two minutes. Flip the steak and sear the other side.

Steak that was grilled on a charcoal grill

The Art of Charcoal Grill Steak

No matter the type of steak you choose, following these steps and utilizing Kingsford Hardwood Charcoal Briquettes will consistently deliver a delicious steak every time you fire up your charcoal grill. The tantalizing aroma and sizzling sound will make your summer celebrations even more memorable.

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Don’t forget to visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ to discover the secrets to making your charcoal-grilled steak exceptional. If you try this recipe, we’d love to hear your feedback. Leave a comment and give us a five-star rating. Feel free to tag us on Instagram @gimmesomegrilling to share your mouthwatering creations. Happy grilling!