We get a lot of questions about how to cook Grass Fed Beef on the grill. Recently, we talked with one of our chef buddies about how to make the perfect steak. Today, we are sharing some tips to grill up a perfect steak, whether you’re grilling out on vacation, hosting a dinner party for friends or just making a romantic diner for two.
Grass fed beef is growing in popularity and many folks prefer free range, natural beef over traditional beef raised in concentrated feed lots. Beef that is raised on natural grasses (free range) tastes different vs. traditional grocery-store beef — it also cooks differently. Grass fed beef is like natural Salmon, it’s delicate and you don’t want to overcook it.
Seasoning & Grilling Your Steak
To start, season your steak with sea salt and pepper. Maybe add a pinch of garlic or onion powder (only crappy meat needs heavy seasoning). Rub the seasoning into the steak (preferably 4–24 hours before cooking). Let the meat rest to room temperature when you are ready to fire up the grill. Coat your steaks in Olive oil or vegetable oil (this will help sear the meat). Now it’s ready for the grill!
Preheat your grill so it’s around 500°. Sear the steaks on high heat (450–500°) for about 2 minutes. Rotate the steaks 45° to get that nice-looking checkerboard pattern. Turn the heat down to medium (around 400-450°) to finish cooking that side. Turn meat over and turn heat up to high (450–500°). Sear the beef for 2 mins and then turn the heat down to medium. Turn meat 45° and finish cooking to temperature. Turn steaks on the side (30–60 seconds) to evenly cook the beef.
Cooking to Temperature
Grass fed beef is a leaner meat and cooks quicker vs. traditional store-bought steak. We recommend reducing the cooking time by about 20-25%. If you typically cook a Medium steak for 6 minutes on each side, try 5 minutes. We also recommend using a meat thermometer.
Be sure to let the steaks rest for 3–5 minutes before you serve it. The steak will continue to cook once you take it off the grill. If it’s medium when you take it off, it can continue to cook to a medium-well temperature, unless you cut the beef in slices to stop the cooking. Grass fed beef steaks are ideal at medium-rare to medium temperature.
Expert Tip: If the steak is still a bit under-cooked, try placing aluminum foil over the meat for a few minutes. That should bring the steak up to the desired temperature without putting it back on the grill.
Rare steaks are not ‘bloody’
A common misconception is that the juice in rare and medium-rare steaks is blood. Fear not! The juices coming from the steak are red because of Myoglobin, a protein that is found in the animal’s muscles. It actually transports oxygen to the animal’s muscle. Grass fed beef also has a deeper red color because of their diet. In fact, the deep red color comes from Vitamin E, an important antioxidant vitamin.
Grass Fed Beef – A Healthier Option
Grass fed beef is a healthier option vs traditional store-bought beef. Store bought beef has a primary diet of unhealthy corn, food waste and additives. Grass fed beef has a diet of natural grasses that are high in vitamins and minerals. Grass fed beef also has about 30% less total fat, is rich in antioxidant vitamins (vitamins A and E) and heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids (also found in fish). Grass fed beef is also sustainably raised.
River Watch Beef is headquartered in the Kansas City area (Shawnee, KS). We deliver our premium Grass Fed Beef to the Kansas City area, and nationwide. Learn more about our grass fed beef at: https://riverwatchbeef.com. Have questions about Grass Fed Beef? Check out our Grass Fed FAQs page.