Perfect Steaks for Those Warm Summer Days

As the days get longer and warmer, there is one thing I enjoy above everything else, grilling on my Traeger.

The warm evenings are as complimentary to a good piece of grilled meat as the right glass of wine. One frequent misstep I see over and over is people serving steaks right off the grill.

What’s the rush? You just spent 15 minutes telling me about your perfect 4 hour marinade and don’t have an extra 5 minutes to allow your steak to cook to perfection?

Speaking of a perfect steak, I will share my simple, yet tasty marinade that is fool proof, easy to make and the end results are so good that your steak will not need a drop of steak sauce. The list is as follows:

Marinade is enough for 6 New York Steaks (or cut of choice):

  • 1 gallon storage bag
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme, stems removed, all you need are the small leaves.
  • 2 teaspoons paprika.
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper.
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt.
  • 1 medium brown onion.
  • 4-5 cloves fresh garlic.
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil.
  • ½ cup water

In a food processor or blender, mix all ingredients and pulse or blend on a low setting until you have a thick mixture. If the blades are not turning completely, add same amounts of water and oil until the mixture is moving freely on blender or food processor.

Pour into storage bag and coat each steak in mixture until all steaks are covered in marinade.

Refrigerate for 2-3 hours and bring out of refrigerator ½ before grilling.

Grill 4-5 per side for medium steaks.

You don’t fancy steak?

No problem, these days there are grilling gadgets and accessories that will allow you to cook just about anything, even vegetables. Now there are probably a lot of people cringing at the prospect of a grilled vegetable, but there are few things on the menu that taste better than a medley of red onions, yellow, red and orange bell peppers and asparagus spears grilled and finished with a lemon and capers cream sauce paired alongside your fish, poultry or steak.

If this is not for you, rest easy. Summer is just beginning and you have three whole months to decide on that singular, perhaps plural ingredient, that just tickles your tummy.

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