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How To Cook Steak On A BBQ

How To Cook Steak On A BBQ

Cooking Steak on a BBQ in the Australian way is much more than a culinary adventure - it is known to Australians as a national tradition that eliminates the basic task of just grilling at any gatherings or celebrations. The aroma of a sizzling steak over a hot grill is enough to entice your tastebuds, whether on a hot summer day or a chill winter evening. This smell draws friends and family together to enjoy the savoury taste of this BBQ steak made to perfection. Hey mates, today we will teach you the sacred Australian ritual of How to Cook the Best Steak on a BBQ in Australia. This ritual isn't just about grilling a slab of meat on a hot grill but is more of an art that is a blend of passion, skill and the correct amount of Australian vibes. So what are you waiting for, grab your steak and let's get started.

How to cook Delicious Steak on a BBQ in Australia

The key to making the perfect grilled Steak on a BBQ in Australia is to keep it as simple as possible but make sure you do it with passion and love. Here's a list of things that will help you get the best out of this recipe:

  1. Pick the Right Cut

Whether you chose a juicy Ribeye, a mighty T-bone or a tender Sirloin, the cut is all that matters. This is because the Australians take our beef quite seriously and we believe in using top quality. So for this recipe, make sure that you look for cuts with a good amount of fats that can be checked by looking at the tiny white lines throughout the steak. The more these lines, the more would be the flavour.

  1. Prepping and seasoning

Let the steak rest for about 20-30 minutes at room temperature before grilling because cold steak on a hot grill isn't a good idea. Once the steak is at room temperature, season it well with salt, pepper and other seasonings and then throw the meat on a hot grill.

  1. Heat that grill right

Whether you're a fan of charcoal grill or a gas grill enthusiast, make sure that it is sizzling hot. This is because a Hot grill sears the meat quickly, soaking it with delicious juices deep inside the steak.

  1. Cook time

This BBQ steak inst a slow-cooking item and would need your attention all the time while it sears on the hot grill. The time for cooking depends upon the cut of the meat you choose but a general tip is to cook the meat for 2-3 minutes each side and check if any further cooking is required.

  1. Let it rest

Once the steak is all done, cover it in an aluminium foil and rest it for about 5-6 minutes. This will ensure that the juices are soaked up by the meat and don't taste dry on the inside.

What is so special about cooking Steak on a BBQ

Cooking Steak over a sizzling BBQ isn't just about food to Australians, it is rather a cultural experience. It's all about the sizzle of the meat cooking on the hot grill, the aroma that fills the air and brings friends and family. Everything about this BBQ Steak has something festive, a celebration of good food and great outdoors.

In addition to being delicious the dish is made outdoors with fresh air and let's be honest everything tastes better outdoors, the char marks, the smoke everything is just so perfect about this BBQ Steak in Australia.

Know your Ingredients


Australia is famous for its good quality meat and the world's best beef varieties, which you can choose from. So make sure that you select the best option for your recipe.


Salt and pepper can do magic to any BBQ dish but don't forget to experiment with other flavours like garlic, onion and dry herbs like rosemary, these can do wonders for your dish.


A little oil goes a long way for this recipe. Just grease the grill with some oil and you'll be good to go. Try using an oil with a high smoke point, such as sunflower, canola or even grapeseed would be a good option to go with.

Let's get started!

  1. Prepare your Steak 
  • Bring down to room temperature: Remove the steaks from the fridge and let them rest for about 20-10 minutes before grilling. This ensures that the steak is at the right temperature and is good to go on the grill.
  • Season well: Pat dry the steaks with kitchen towels to get rid of any excess moisture. Brush the steaks generously with oil and sprinkle some salt and pepper (any other seasoning of choice) on both sides. The oil on the steaks not only helps the spices cling better onto them but also contributes towards a crispier sear.

  1. Heat the BBQ 
  • Preheat: Whether you're grilling your steak over charcoal or gas, get it as hot as possible, or try to achieve just the right temperature at 400-450°F. In case you're using charcoal, let it burn until it is covered in white ash. For gas grills, preheat by switching all the burners on high and then adjusting the temperature as per requirement.
  • Grease it up: brush any dirt off the grill and grease it with some oil, rub it on the grates and let the oil heat up till smokey.

  1. Cook your Steak 
  • Placement: Place the seasoned steaks on the hot grill and you must hear a sizzle as soon as the meat touches the hot grill, if not so then your grill is probably not properly heated.
  • Cook time: For a normal 1-inch thick steam, a cook time of 4-5 minutes on each side is perfect but depending on the quality of the meat you might want to add or reduce a few minutes from the given cooking time.
  • Flip it carefully: Cook the steak undisturbed on each side, for the best flavours and texture. Make use of tongs in place of a fork to flip, as it might pierce the steak which could lead to a loss of moisture and ultimately dry meat.
  • Check for temperature: Use a good quality meat thermometer to check the steak for doneness, and check for the internal temperature once it has reached 400-450°F, it is evident that the meat is well cooked. You can even use the old technique of touching the steak with your finger, a soft and spony texture indicates rareness and a firm texture means that the steak is well cooked.

  1. Rest time
  • Once the steak is golden brown on both sides, transfer them to a dish and cover loosely with aluminium foil. Let this rest for about 5-6 minutes before serving. This will give the juices time to get absorbed by the meat.

  1. Serving 
  • Slicing: The correct way of slicing Steak is to find the direction in which the muscle fibres run and cut slices perpendicular to them. This technique helps to cut through the fibre and make each bite as soft as possible.
  • Serve sizing hot with your favourite sides.

Equipment used to make the best Steak on BBQ in Australia

Equipment plays a great role in defining the results of your cooking, and the choice of equipment can make or destroy your dishes.

The same goes for this amazing recipe for BBQ Chicken Wings. Whether you are a fan of convenient cooking or a fan of classic BBQ flavour, Grillhound has everything from a gas BBQ to a Charcoal Grill. Grillhound's top-rated collection offers a wide variety of equipment suitable for all your culinary adventures.

If dont have enough time to research, but aspire to buy a great quality BBQ Grill, then do check out our Top 5 charcoal BBQs in Australia, this amazing list of equipment will help you make a wise decision and choose a BBQ Grill perfect for catering your needs.

Gas grills are a step above the classic charcoal grills when it comes to convenience. They are versatile and easy to operate, which makes them ideal for people who are always short on time or are new to grilling procedures. Grillhound's curated selection of gas BBQs offers a range of options that you can choose from.

Another piece of equipment of great use while grilling, is a good-quality kitchen thermometer. A reliable thermometer makes sure that you cook over the right temperature and get the finest results. Inkbird IBBQ-4T WiFi 4 probe thermometer offers all these excellent qualities. With its top-notch features and wireless connectivity, this amazing thermometer monitors the temperature accurately and eliminates guesswork from your kitchen.

Serving Suggestions

Serving your perfectly grilled Steak on a BBQ in Australia with the correct sides can elevate your meal experience. This is why we have created a list of 5 sides that pair the best with seared Steak.

  1. Grilled Asparagus 

Toss some asparagus with some oil, pepper and salt, or grill them alongside your steak. Sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top and you have your simplest and one of the best sides of BBQ steak ready in no time.

  1. Caprese Salad

Salads make an excellent side with meat, Caprese salad with thin slices of fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil makes itself a great side to be paired with BBQ Steak. Make the salad tastier by dressing it with olive oil, balsamic glaze and some salt and pepper, you'll be good to go.

  1. Sweet Potato Fries 

The sweetness found in sweet potatoes pairs excellently well with the grilled steak and what tastes even better are fries made with it. Just cut your potatoes into fries and toss them with some olive oil and seasonings of choice.

  1. Roasted Mushrooms

Prepare a mix of different mushroom varieties such as button, portobello and cremini and toss them with some olive oil garlic, salt pepper and some thyme. Bake these at 400°F for about 20-25 minutes or until they are roasted well, and serve along with the prepared steak, these mushrooms make a great pair with savoury and deep notes of the steak, making it even more delicious.

  1. Coleslaw with an Apple twist 

Prepare the classic coleslaw salad by mixing in thinly sliced carrots and cabbage and dressing them with mayo, cider vinegar and a teaspoon of Dijon mustard along with honey. Now for a delicious twist, add thinly sliced apple to the salad, this will add a refreshing and sweet crunch to it. Serve your steak with this innovative salad to add a creamy and tangy note to the meal.

At Last…

And just like that you have learnt how to cook Steak on a BBQ in Australia, with these tips and tricks we hope that you will soon master the art of grilling meat to perfection. From picking the right Steak to achieving the correct temperature this blog has brought you on a culinary adventure that you will never forget. So fire up that grill and start making some perfectly seared Steak for your friends and family and they will love you for it.

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Recipe Card

Course: Appetizer

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Grill Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Level: Easy

Servings: 4-5


  • Steak of Choice
  • Oil
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • Seasonings of your choice


  • Remove the steaks from the fridge and let them rest for about 20-10 minutes before grilling.
  • Pat dry the steaks with kitchen towels to get rid of any excess moisture. Brush the steaks generously with oil and sprinkle some salt and pepper (any other seasoning of choice) on both sides.
  • Place the seasoned steaks on the hot grill and cook for about 4-5 minutes on each side or until perfectly seared.
  • Once the steak is golden brown on both sides, transfer it to a dish and cover it loosely with aluminium foil. Let this rest for about 5-6 minutes before serving.
  • Serve sizing hot with your favourite sides.
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