Here’s how to make your sum­mer siz­zle

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NOTH­ING says sum­mer in Aus­tralia quite like the sound of a siz­zling bar­be­cue and the aroma of beef steaks and snags in the air. The job of “bar­be­cue boss” is no sim­ple task, so to help Aussies ev­ery­where im­prove their grill skills, the team at have cre­ated an easy guide to bar­be­cue suc­cess.

Step 1: Choose your cut

Va­ri­ety is never a prob­lem with beef; there’s a cut for ev­ery oc­ca­sion and cook­ing method and here are some Aussie favourites: Rump steak: A great all-rounder, rump steaks are ex­cel­lent value and a great op­tion to feed a crowd. Scotch fil­let: For when you’re out to im­press, scotch fil­let is the per­fect pick. Flank steak: Per­fect for thin slic­ing and adding to a salad or rolling up in a taco. T-bone: The quin­tes­sen­tial Aussie bar­be­cue steak, the T-bone is ten­der and rich with ex­tra flavour from the bone. Sausages: A de­li­cious com­bi­na­tion of beef mince, with the ad­di­tion of some sim­ple sea­son­ing pack­aged in one con­ve­nient of­fer­ing. Mince: Great value and su­per ver­sa­tile, mince is per­fect for burger pat­ties and meat­balls, your only limit is your imag­i­na­tion. If in doubt chat to your butcher or use the Meat Cuts app; a free app for your smart­phone that pro­vides in­for­ma­tion on the dif­fer­ent types of cuts, cook­ing meth­ods and recipes.

Step 2: Get ready with SteakMate

The SteakMate app for smart­phones is de­signed to help you serve up the per­fect steak ev­ery time, by tak­ing the guess­work out of cook­ing. The app is easy to use, sim­ply en­ter the type of steak you are cook­ing, the cook­ing method, the “done­ness” you are after and the thick­ness of your steak and SteakMate will tell you ex­actly how to cook it – with handy prompts to tell you when to turn your steak and when it has fin­ished cook­ing and needs to rest. If you’re cook­ing for more than one, SteakMate has that cov­ered with its queu­ing func­tion­al­ity, al­low­ing you to add as many peo­ple to the queue so that every­one gets their steak cooked the way they like it. Save your favourites to your favourite list so you’re only ever one step away from cook­ing the per­fect steak. And if you’re un­sure about what steaks are good to bar­be­cue or pan-fry, the app also gives you a list of all the best cuts rec­om­mended for cook­ing this way as well as in­for­ma­tion about each of them.

Step 3: Fire up the bar­be­cue

Now it’s time to fire it up and get cook­ing, re­mem­ber these sim­ple tips to suc­cess: Step 1: Add a small amount of oil to your beef not the bar­be­cue grill or hot­plate Step 2: En­sure PHOTO: the THINKSTOCK bar­be­cue is hot be­fore you cook; the beef should siz­zle as it hits the plate or grill Step 3: Cook one side un­til the first sign of mois­ture ap­pears and then turn and cook on the other side Step 4: Check in with the SteakMate app to know ex­actly when your steaks are done

Step 4: Rest

For a juicy and ten­der piece of beef ev­ery time, let the beef to stand away from heat be­fore serv­ing to al­low the nat­u­ral juices to re­dis­tribute through­out and be re­ab­sorbed. Take it from the heat and place it on a warm plate and cover loosely with foil. The time taken to rest will de­pend on size of the cut, but most cuts should stand for five min­utes be­fore serv­ing. A rule of thumb is 1 minute rest­ing time for ev­ery 100g of beef.

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