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First at Four: Grill a great steak this holiday weekend

When selecting a steak, remember three things: cut, marbling and freshness. (Source: LongHorn Steakhouse Grill) When selecting a steak, remember three things: cut, marbling and freshness. (Source: LongHorn Steakhouse Grill)

You'll probably be able to get some grilling in this Labor Day weekend, once Tropical Storm Hermine moves out of the area.

Managing Partner/Grill Master Tom Harvey from Wilmington's LongHorn Steakhouse is joining us on WECT News First at Four to walk us through his tips for grilling your best steak yet! Here's some of his advice:

Grilling Tips: How to Grill a Great Steak

Selecting Your Steak

When selecting a steak, remember three things: cut, marbling and freshness.

Marbling is the whiteness that runs through the steak and makes it juicy.

Filets, sirloins and ribeyes are three common cuts you can find at your local grocer.

  • Filets are lean and tender. They have a buttery texture and subtle flavor.
  • Sirloins are also a lean cut and are very juicy.
  • Bone-in Ribeye has the most marbling – and is the juiciest and most flavorful steak.
  • Fresh steak is always best because it guarantees the meat will be tender and juicy.

Seasoning Your Steak

Seasoning helps the true flavor of the meat shine and can add another layer of taste to the meal.

For steaks, LongHorn uses one of three secret dry seasonings, but similar flavors can be achieved at home.

Combine kosher salt, fresh cracked pepper, granulated onion powder and granulated garlic powder. Salt should account for half of the mixture. Adjust the seasoning as needed.

Don’t be shy when seasoning. Season the steak boldly. Sprinkle and rub the seasoning on both sides of the meat, making sure it’s coated.

Grilling Your Steak

If you’re using an outdoor grill, fully clean and prep it using a wire-bristled brush and light coat of vegetable or olive oil on the grates.

Heat the surface of the grill so that it’s very hot – bring the temperature up to 500 degrees.

Sear the steak on one side until grill marks appear, then give it a quarter turn while on the same side. Flip and repeat.

Grill Us Hotline

If you still need help, the LongHorn Steakhouse Grill Us Hotline will be open this Labor Day weekend, offering grilling tips and recipes.

The restaurant’s certified Grill Masters will be available via phone on Sunday, September 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

Phone: Dial 1-855-LH-GRILL

Text: Text GRILL to 55702 to get expert grilling tips, recipes and how-to demonstration videos

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