My Dad, brother and husband are all particular about braaing the perfect steak. It can be amusing when we have them all together around the same braai fire, all being alpha males …….. For me , it is alot easier to take the guess work out and use a meat thermometer braai fork to get your steak cooked to perfection, especially in Lodges and Safari Camps where you have paying guests. There is nothing more annoying than being offered a medium rare steak and being served a well cooked one …………….. the same goes the other way around. My kids often accuse me getting “restaurant rage” when my steak is not cooked to perfection ….. I guess I am a particular about this, as the rest of my family . I use the below guideline when training staff to cook the perfect a steak.
A Blue steak ( 28 – 31°C) – Braai the steak for 1 and a half minutes on each side and for a 6 s seconds on each of the outer edges. The steak should be hot.
A Rare steak (48-50°C) – Press the tip of your index finger to the tip of your thumb, This is what a rare steak should feel like. Braai it on both sides for 2½ minutes, and the outer edges for 15 seconds each. The inner ⅔ of the steak will remain red.
A Medium-rare steak (58-63°C) – Press the tip of your middle finger to the tip of your thumb, this is what your medium-rare steak should feel like. Braai it for 3 minutes on each side.
A Medium steak (64-67°C) – Bring the tip of your thumb to your ring finger to find out what a medium steak should feel like. Braai it for 4 minutes on each side.
A Well done steak (78°C or more) – Meat should feel firm when you touch it. Braai the meat for 5 and a half minutes on each side.