America is certainly the home of the brave, especially when it comes to backyard grilling. This year, instead of slapping some steaks on the grill and hoping they turn out okay, follow these sure fire tips from steak master Executive Chef Rick Crossland of Ruth’s Chris Steak House:
1. First, be sure to pre-heat your gas or charcoal grill to high heat. This will sear in the natural juices of the meat.
2. Never skimp on the quality of your steak. Look at marbling and the thickness to ensure the highest quality.
3. When it comes to seasoning, keep it simple. This allows the natural flavor quality of the meat to shine through. Use rubs made of sea salt and black pepper. And if you want a little more flavor, top your cooked steak with a little melted garlic-herb butter before serving.
4. Don’t be overeager when turning your steaks. Depending on how well-cooked you want your steaks, turn them every 3-4 minutes. Never use a fork to puncture the meat; doing so releases the natural juices.
5. If you need the added reassurance, use a digital thermometer to measure the temperature of your steaks. These temperature guidelines will ensure that your steaks are done to your preference:
• Rare – 120 degrees F.
• Medium Rare – 125 degrees F.
• Medium – 130 degrees F.
6. Be sure to remember that the steaks will continue to cook after you take them off the grill; temperatures can rise 5-10 degrees F., so take this into account when testing your meat.
7. Finally, to prevent the steaks from drying out, let them rest before cutting into the meat.
8. Of course, for the absolute perfect steak, you will need to visit a Ruth’s Chris Steak House, says Crossland.
“Ruth’s Chris steaks are carefully selected and aged for tenderness, cut thick to ensure juiciness and seared to perfection at 1800 degrees,” says Crossland. “We then top each one with fresh butter that sizzles on your plate, announcing the arrival of a fantastic steak and experience you’ll be talking about for days.”
After you’ve gotten things heated up on the grill, you’ll have to cool off with a thirst quenching adult beverage. Raise the bar this year with these handcrafted picks. Ruth’s Chris Senior Director of Menu Strategy, Helen Mackey, shares her favorite red, white, and blue cocktails made with the finest and freshest ingredients.
Raspberry Rosemary Cosmo
Ruth’s Chris puts a spin on the classic Cosmopolitan by combining Absolut Raspberri Vodka, Cointreau, freshly squeezed lime juice, cranberry juice and muddled raspberries. It is garnished with a fresh, aromatic sprig of rosemary.
Coconut Ginger Lemon Drop Martini
This refreshing take on a Lemon Drop Martini mixes Ketel One Citroen Vodka, Ciroc Coconut Vodka, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, freshly squeezed lemon juice, Ruth’s Chris house-made ginger infused syrup and topped with candied ginger.
Mojitos are a refreshing, summertime favorite! Ruth’s Chris Steak House crafts their own version of this classic by using hand-picked mint and freshly muddled blueberries, Bacardi Rum and freshly squeezed lime juice. Tall, cool, and berry delicious.
These handcrafted cocktails, available at Ruth’s Chris Steak House all summer, are the perfect match for top-notch steaks. Equipped with savvy grilling tips and luscious libations, your backyard grill fest will be a red, white and blue success.