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Room Temperature Steaks

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Post Mon Aug 18, 2014 7:59 pm

Posts: 1
Good Day Steven,

I've read that all meats intended for grilling... with the exception of poultry and ground beef... should be left out to come up to room temperature before grilling. This was to speed the cooking process. Their idea was ice cold meat would take longer to come up to cooking temp therfore a longer cooking time and a drier outcome. Is this accurate? I guess it makes sense, but I wanted to check with you.

Also, I'll apologize upfront... I'm new here and will probably be a frequent flyer!!! I hope I don't ask too many newbie questions!!!

Thank You,

Terri M.


Post Tue Aug 19, 2014 8:45 am
ScreamingChicken BBQ Deputy
BBQ Deputy

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I'll leave your questions for Steven, but welcome, Terri!

Post Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:18 pm
Steven Grilling Guru
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Hi, Betty,

I recommend keeping steaks chilled until the moment they go on the grill, and I never visited a great steakhouse that did otherwise.

Room temperature meat is a breeding ground for bacteria. When you're grilling over a 600 degree fire, the amount of time it takes to warm a refrigerated steak to room temperature is negligible.

Please play it safe and thanks for writing!


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