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Steak grilling times are going to vary based on a number of different factors: the cut of meat you are grilling, the heat of your grill, the amount of marbling on your steak, the size of your cut and much more. However, we can still estimate a number of typical steak cooking times using the grill. You’ll have to use your best judgement on how to adjust these steak grilling times based on your specific circumstances. All of these steak cooking times are based on average steak sizes and weights, so if yours is a little larger or smaller you should adjust a couple minutes in the appropriate direction.
One factor that many people don’t consider when figuring out their steak cooking time is the prep work beforehand. Many recipes call for marinating a steak or at least seasoning it with a dry rub or spices. You should make sure you know what sort of prep time your recipe calls for when figuring out your grill timing. Also, be sure to add on time for prepping your grill and instruments. You’ll need to clean your grill as well as oil both your grill and grilling instruments. Finally, you’ll need to allow your grill to heat up before you throw on your steaks. The steaks themselves should be at room temperature when you begin grilling.
For a sirloin steak that is approximately one pound in weight and one inch in thickness, general grilling guidelines are five to seven minutes on each side. This should achieve a temperature of 160°F for medium doneness.
For a ribeye steak that is approximately one half of a pound in weight, general grilling guidelines are four to five minutes on each side. This should achieve a temperature of 160°F for medium doneness.
For a skirt steak that is approximately one pound in weight, general grilling guidelines are four to five minutes on each side. This should achieve a temperature of 160°F for medium doneness.
For a flank steak that is approximately one to one and a half pounds in weight, general grilling guideline are five to six minutes on each side. This should achieve a temperature of 160°F for medium doneness.
The only safe way to determine doneness, ultimately, is with a meat thermometer. You can use either a digital or dial meat thermometer. Either is perfectly fine; it really depends on personal preference. To test for doneness, insert the probe into the center of the thickest cut of meat. Be sure to avoid contact with any bones. The thermometer should read at least 160°F for a perfectly pink medium doneness.
Be sure to reserve an extra five to seven minutes to rest your steak after you take it off the grill. Set your steak aside―covered in a foil tent―to allow the juices to dissipate throughout the steak while still retaining heat. This step will help ensure that your steak is as flavorful and juicy as possible.
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