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FAQ Subject: How do I get crusty surface on the outside of steaks?
Hey, Charlie or Smoky,
I enjoy your newsletter and have a steak question....I have a gas grill that has a smoker box across the top of the burner (King Kooker) so always indirect heat; and really have enjoyed it....haven't screwed anything up yet! My problem is trying for the "rare on the inside, crusty on the outside," steak a la restaurants with grills that get up to 700 degrees......I can get 350-400 degrees easily, but the steak is done before the crust forms.....Maybe a rub of some kind? Or ??
Thanks for any suggestions,
Ludington, Michigan 49431
Turn your grill up to the max., close the lid and wait about 15 minutes for the "smoker" to heat up to radiant temperatures and the grates to get properly heated. Put the steak on and it should seize the grill. Leave the lid open. Leave the meat alone until it releases - it should have deep brown sear marks. (If it doesn't your gas grill is not producing enough BTUs) Flip it over and put it on a new hot spot. When it releases, check for doneness.
Click into "According to Smoky" and read "Pursuit of the Perfect Steak" for more info.