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Best Grilling Times for T-Bone Steak


Imagine a thick t-bone steak in its most tender and juiciest form. This mouth-watering sight is just like heaven sent to all hearty eaters. That includes me! Before I go and lose myself in the world of steaks, let me just tell you that behind its perfection is a cook who has already mastered the techniques to preparing the best steak. If you can’t always spend so much for a piece of steak, then why not do it yourself?

First thing you need to remember is its thickness and doneness. So, let’s start with a ¾” t-bone steak. Assuming that we are using a red hot charcoal or gas grill, a rare steak has to be grilled for 4 minutes on the first side then after turning, give it two minutes. For medium, 5 minutes on the first side would be enough and 3 minutes for the other side. For a well-done steak, give the first side 7 minutes and 5 minutes for the other side.

Let’s have the 1” thick t-bone steak. If it’s rare, first side should be 5 minutes and after turning it, add 3 more minutes. With medium, 6 minutes for the first side and 4 minutes should be given after turning. And for the well-done, 8 minutes for the first side and 6 minutes for the other side.

How are you doing so far? Still doing good with all these numbers? Let’s continue with the 1 ¼” thick steak. A rare steak should be grilled for 5 minutes and after turning, allow it to stay on the grill for 4 more minutes. A medium would require 7 minutes on the first side and 5 minutes on the other. And then, for well-done, 9 minutes on its first side would be good and for the other side, 7 minutes would be enough.

Then, for the 1 ½ thick t-bone steak a rare steak would have 6 minutes on the first side and 4 minute on the other. Medium will get 7 minutes for the first side and 6 minutes on the next. For well-done, 10 minutes would be right for the first side and 8 minutes for the next side after turning.

If the T-bone or porterhouse steak is at least 1 ¾” thick, then the grilling time for the first side is 7 minutes and 5 minutes for the other side. This is for rare. For medium, give the first side 8 minutes then 7 minutes on the other side. And finally, 11 minutes on the first side for a well-done and 9 minutes for the other side.

To be more accurate, though, it is still highly recommended that we use a meat thermometer. And to conclude your grilling experience, don’t forget to let your steaks rest from 8-10 minutes to evenly distribute its juices. Happy grilling!


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