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HOW-TO: Steaking Your Claim

There’s something beautiful about cooking food over a fire. As the weather warms up and invites us back outside, let your inner grill master make the most of this time‍-‍honored tradition. With these tips and recipes, you’ll be summer cookout ready in no time.

Go for Quality.

Making sure you’re purchasing high‍-‍quality beef is essential. Work with our Big Y Butchers to find the perfect cut.

Chill to Grill.

There's no need to bring your steak to "room temperature" before grilling. After a little seasoning, your steak is just fine to go directly from chill to grill. Plus, you'll reduce any chance of inviting a foodborne illness to your cookout, too!

Preheat the Grill.

Make sure your grill is properly preheated and piping hot. A good sear on your meat requires a high heat the second your meat hits the grate.

Don’t Flip.

Resist the temptation to keep checking on and flipping your steaks. Try to flip each steak just once.

Put Down the Fork.

Use a wide spatula or tongs for turning. Poking holes in your steak will just allow those precious, flavorful juices to drain away into the fire.

Done Just Right.

To truly gauge if a steak is cooked to your liking, use an instant‍-‍read food thermometer. Your steak will need to reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Let Rest.

Keep the juices from draining out of your steak and onto your plate by wrapping it in foil and letting it sit for 3‍-‍5 minutes.

Go Against the Grain.

If you're slicing the steak before serving, be sure to cut against the grain to maximize tenderness.

Now that you’re a grilling expert, you’ll need a few excellent steak recipes to show off your skills. Here are a few of our favorites.



Turn up the heat with
 this spicy, sweet heat.

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A true
 steakhouse taste.

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Quick, easy and

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Bold and savory
bourbon-infused bliss.

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