CAMPFIRE STEAK COOKING TIPS FOR SERVING THE BEST STEAK OUTDOORS
Cooking a beautiful slab of steak while camping can be a bit tricky. You can easily ruin the beautiful piece of meat even without intending to. Try these simple campfire steak cooking tips so you and your camping buddies can enjoy a delectable steak after an entire day of roughing it in the wild.
CHOOSE A GOOD CUT OF STEAK
You must decide which type of steak you want to cook at the camp. If you want to fry it, then you must look for meat with a thick cut. You can also opt to get a cut that has bone, such as rib eye or T-bone if you want something that’s easier to grill. In this article, I focus on cooking a steak using a cast iron pan, which I think makes the best steaks, even better than grilled.
PROPERLY PREP THE MEAT
If you want to make the meat more flavourful, you can add a dab of garlic butter just before you take it out of the skillet. But most of the time, you only need to season it with salt and pepper to highlight the natural flavours of the meat.
However, you must never put the seasoning before you’re ready to put the steak over the fire. When you put salt on the meat, it can draw out its natural moisture. That’s why if you let your salted steak sit out for a long time, you’ll end up with dry meat. The trick is to add the seasoning to the meat that’s already at room temperature just a few minutes before it hits the skillet.
SIZZLE YOUR STEAK
Ideally, a good steak must be cooked in a piping hot cast iron skillet. This kind of pan can stand up to the extreme heat of the campfire. Cast iron pans can also heat up evenly, which means the meat will be able to perfectly sear at the same time. But whatever you use, make sure it is hot. Steaks should be cooked relatively fast.
GIVE IT A REST
After cooking your steak, let it sit for at least three to five minutes before you slice it or serve. This will ensure the juices of the meat will be kept inside before serving. Resting the meat will make all the difference between a good steak and a great steak.
PAIR THE STEAK WITH YOUR FAVOURITE SIDES
While waiting for the steak to cook down, you can flash-cook your favourite vegetables. Some of the easiest vegetables to cook on a cast iron pan are onions, asparagus, peppers and mushrooms.
Cooking steak isn’t rocket science. Keeping it simple and deliberate will ensure you cook a great meal. And definitely, don’t keep flipping your steak. Cook one side and then the other until done.
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