I’m on my back porch getting ready for a backyard cookout, and it got me thinking, what are the best steaks to grill?
The best steaks to grill come from the short loin, but some other cuts also make a fantastic steak. The best steaks to grill are Ribeye, Strip, Tenderloin, Porterhouse, T-bone, Skirt, Top Sirloin, Flank, Chuck Eye, and Flat Iron steaks. These simple tips will help you decide what steaks to grill for your next cookout or backyard party.
Choose your Grade
There are three different grades of steak in US supermarkets: Select, Choice, and Prime.
Select is going to be the typical steaks that you will usually find on sale every week. Select grade meat is just above what the USDA deems edible, so it isn’t the best cut of meat, and don’t be surprised if it isn’t as tender as expected.
Choice and Prime are going to be more expensive, but I always think it’s worth getting Choice over Select. The flavor and tenderness are just that much better, and we justify the extra price. Every supermarket doesn’t carry a prime grade, but if you are lucky enough to find it at your local grocery store, it is by far the best steaks to grill.
If you want to learn how to grill an amazing steak, view our post on how to grill a steak.
Porterhouse & T-Bone Steaks
Top Sirloin Steaks
Chuck Eye Steaks
Flat Iron Steaks
Flat Iron steaks are a top blade steak and come from the chuck primal part of the cow. Like the name ensues, flat iron steaks are cut lengthwise rather than crosswise like most the other steaks we’ve talked about above. Cutting it like this allows the steak to be more tender, and it is the second most tender steak, only behind the filet mignon. Cook this on high heat until medium-rare or your desired temperature, and you won’t be upset. Flat Iron steaks incredible marbling and tender texture capture the bold beef flavor that has recently become popular among steak experts.
Make sure you clean your grill to have the best tasting food everytime. To lean how to clean your grill after use, view our post on how to clean a grill.