FOR PERFECT STEAKS, remove them from
the fridge and let them stand for 15 to 30 minutes
(covered) to reach room temperature. Give the steak
a light coating of olive oil and salt 15 to 30 minutes
before grilling—but not longer. While cooking, keep
the lid down, opening it only to flip the steak. (And
use tongs, not a fork, to turn them.) You want to trap
the smoke and let it impart its flavor to the meat. A
meat thermometer is an accurate way to measure
the desired doneness. And finally, give the steak a
rest for three to five minutes after cooking to allow
the juices to spread.
It’s midsummer—well into barbecue season.
With the Fourth of July and summer vacations
here, there’s no better time to cook and eat
outdoors (with Costco supplying the goods,