Barbecues review 2007

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  • Updated:2 Nov 2007

05.The perfect steak

Ever wondered how to cook the perfect steak on a barbecue? Here's what our experts have to say.

Choose your cut Person moving food from BBQ to plate

The best cuts for grilling on the barbecue are oyster blade or barbeque steak, rump, t-bone, sirloin or tenderloin.

Prepare your BBQ

Preheat the barbecue on medium heat until it is just starting to smoke, this should take about 10 minutes with the hood closed. Be sure to take any excess fat off the steak beforehand to reduce flare ups. If you want to season your steak, be sure to do it just before you cook it as if it is done too early it will dry the meat out and ruin the flavour. You can also brush the steak with some oil.


Start by cooking the steak on one side only until it is brown, and then turn it over. If you continually turn it over it will dry out. The time it takes to cook the steak really depends on the thickness and cut of the steak and how you like it done.

Follow the ‘rule of thumb’ guidelines (below) to check if your steak is cooked to your liking. Don’t pierce it with a fork or knife as this will let the juices escape.


Once the steak is cooked to your liking put it in a warm spot close to the barbeque to rest for about 5 to 10 minutes before serving. This helps to maximise the flavour and keep the steak juicy.

Rule of thumb - how to test the meat

  • Rare steak:
    Hold one hand up loosely and with the other hand squeeze the ball of your thumb (this is the fleshy part of your hand directly under your thumb). This should give you the feeling of a rare steak.
  • Medium done:
    Bring your index finger to your thumb to make a circle. Using your other hand, squeeze the ball of your thumb to get the feeling of a steak that is medium done.
  • Well done:
    Bring your middle finger to your thumb to make a circle, using your other hand squeeze the ball of your thumb to get the feeling of a well-done steak. You can prod your steak with the back of a knife or fork to judge whether your steak is cooked to perfection.

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