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Topic: Steak Cooking Options
From: W. Albert
Subject: Better than Restaurant Steak?
I read the steak preparation piece but was curious about what I have always felt were important:
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1) Aged Steaks Most definitely. Most steaks are not aged enough these days, however.
2) Black Angus Cattle (providing some of the better flavored steaks) Black Angus produce a superior meat because of the excellent marbeling distribution.
3) The 1800°F meat grills that places like Peter Luger's, The Palm, and Sparks use for searing steaks (these produce wonderful results) Anything above 800°F. is superfluous for the back yard chef. Higher temps only allow one to turn out more steaks on the same grill in a shorter period. You can easily reach 12-1500°F. with the help of a hair dryer or a small fan. Be sure to do this outside, however, because your are approaching the temperature range where iron/steel softens (1530°F). I seriously question that 1800° is reached in any of the restaurants that you listed. The hottest thing in their story is most likely the air.
4) Putting a pat of butter on cooked steaks after grilling I would be interested in your comments about the above especially number 3. Can this be duplicated with a wood fire somehow? I occasionally use a little flavored butter or butter/lemon sauce after I've taken them off. Whatever tastes good to you.