Aside from burgers and hot dogs, steaks are some of the most (deservedly) popular foods to cook on the grill. Here’s how to take yours to the next level, plus our go-to recipe.
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T-Bone Steaks with Black Pepper Butter
Skip the steak sauce: A pat of plain or compound butter, like the black pepper butter featured here, is the perfect finish to a nicely-grilled steak.
For the black-pepper butter:
8 Tbs. (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 Tbs. chopped shallots
1 Tbs. freshly cracked pepper
1 tsp. steak sauce
Kosher salt, to taste
6 T-bone steaks, each about 10 oz. and 1 1/2 inches thick
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
6 Tbs. olive oil
To make the black-pepper butter, place the butter in a small bowl. Using a fork, work in the shallots, pepper and steak sauce, distributing them evenly. Season with salt. Transfer to an airtight container and refrigerate to harden. Alternatively, spoon the seasoned butter into a rough log shape near one long edge of a 12-by-6-inch sheet of waxed paper. Roll the paper over the butter and press the butter into a solid, uniform log. Continue rolling the waxed paper around the butter and twist both ends to seal securely, then refrigerate. (The butter will keep refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 1 month.)
About 30 minutes before you are ready to begin grilling, remove the steaks from the refrigerator. Season the steaks generously on both sides with salt and pepper.
Prepare a hot fire in a grill. Brush and oil the grill grate.
Brush the steaks on both sides with the olive oil. Place the steaks on the grill directly over the heat and cook for about 3 minutes. Using tongs or a wide spatula, rotate each steak a quarter turn (90 degrees) to create crisscrossed grill marks. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes more, then turn the steaks over. Cook until well grill-marked and cooked to your liking, 5 minutes more for medium-rare, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into the center of a steak, away from bone, registers 130ºF.
Transfer the steaks to warmed plates. Put a generous pat of the butter on each steak and let the steaks rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Serves 6.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Grill Master, by Fred Thompson (Weldon Owen, 2011).