12 Grilling Mistakes To Avoid

12 Grilling Mistakes To Avoid

MISTAKE #11: YOU’RE POKING YOUR MEAT TO TELL IF IT’S DONE

The Thinking: I’ve seen those guys on TV poke their steak with their finger to see if it’s done, that must be the way professionals do it. You know the drill. Hold your forefinger to your thumb and poke the ball of your thumb with your other hand. That’s what rare feels like. Hold your middle finger and that’s medium. Hold your third finger and that’s well-done.

The Reality: You probably are not a professional, which means you probably haven’t cooked the hundreds or thousands of steaks required to fine tune your poke-test finger. Your steak ends up well done or raw.

The Fix: Forget about the whole poke test. First off, different people have different fingers, different hands, entirely different sets of calibration. Not only that, but different steaks all feel, well, different. Without tons and tons of experience, there’s no way to reliably tell if your steak is done by poking it. You know what is reliable? A thermometer. Get yourself a digital thermometer and say goodbye to over- or undercooked meat forever.

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