5 Tips for a Perfectly Charred Steak

There's nothing better than a great crust on a juicy steak. However, most of the time it is almost impossible to get a good char and still have a juicy steak. Don’t worry, Slavo’s got you covered – here are my top tips to ensure you're the king/queen of the grill at your next cookout!

1. The Cut. You need a thick cut of steak. In order to create a good crust, the meat needs to spend more time on the grill and thin steaks don't work without overcooking. We suggest a 1" thick steak at least.

2. Moisture. You want to pat the steak dry to remove excess moisture as this delays the outside of the steak to get hot fast. A generous amount of seasoning also helps as the salt will help to pull out some of the moisture from within.

3. Temperature. Next, is the temperature of the meat - and no, we're not talking about when it's finished cooking - that will come later. You want the steak to be cold when it goes on the grill. The colder the steak is, the longer it can stay on the grill without overcooking. Some folks will even say to put it into the freezer for 30 minutes or so before cooking, but we think just pulling it out of the fridge right before is good enough. The other critical piece is a screaming hot grill. Just like an oven you need to give your grill time to get hot. Don't be fooled by the temp gauge as this measures the heat inside the oven not the grates themselves. You need to 'season' the grates with oil or pan spray. This helps the meat stick and creates nice char marks on the steak.

4. Grilling. Place your well-seasoned steaks (with Original Slavo Salt of course) on the grill and shut the lid. Cook the steak for 2-3 minutes, flip over and cook another 2-3 minute, flip cook for another 2 minutes, flip and cook 2 more minutes. Total cook time will be about 10 minutes. Remove the steak from the grill and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes. This allows the meat to relax and pull the juices back into the center of the steak.

5. Enjoy. And now you have your perfectly crusted steak! Cheers!