1) Do Nothing

Let your steak sit on the counter for 20 minutes to an hour before cooking. Meat brought to room temperature cooks faster and more evenly. If you’ve got a salad to prep or a last-minute Father’s Day gift to wrap, now would be the time.

2) Forks Are For Eating, Not Cooking

Use tongs when moving your steaks around the grill. Forks pierce the meat, losing all that delicious juice and flavor.

3) If You Can’t Stand The Heat, You’re Doing It Right

You want your grill to be hot. 450 degrees, to be exact. But you don’t need a thermometer to tell you when the grill is ready to go. If you can hold your hand directly over the grill for more than 1-2 seconds, it’s not hot enough yet.

4) Stand Guard Over Your Meat

Flare-ups on the grill burn your meat. Gently move your steak around the grill as needed to keep it out of direct flames. Only you can prevent steak fires. Which reminds us of our next point…

5) Grilling Demands Your Full Attention

Prep your appetizers, side dishes, and cocktails before cooking your steaks. Once you’ve started grilling, you’ll need all eyes on the meat.

6) You And Your Steak Need Rest

Grilling is hard work for both you and your steak. Let the meat sit for about 10 minutes off the grill before eating. A short resting period allows the meat to relax, and the juices to spread evenly. You can use the time to set the table, or get Dad a beer.

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