Here’s how to make your summer sizzle
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 BeefandLamb.com.au 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.