Sure, grilling just about any steak properly will make it delicious, but there is definitely a difference between the quality of a steak both in the cut and the way the cow was raised. If you’re looking to really up your great steak cooking skills, then you need to buy the right meat in the first place.

While this infographic suggests going for corn-fed beef when you want a great steak, I personally find that grass-fed beef is the most tender and juicy -plus, it’s loaded with Omega 3 fatty acids. Aside from that, any great steak you order should be aged and cut to order.

As for cut, that tends to be a matter of taste. Some people prefer the marbling of a strip, while other’s prefer the lean, tenderness of a fillet. If you aren’t sure which you or your guests prefer, a porterhouse or T-bone can give you the best of both worlds when it comes to great steaks.


For a handy chart of the meat temperatures needed for certain meats and red meat doneness, this About guide can help: How to Tell if Your Red Meat is Done


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