CookinPellets Grilled Strip Steak
I never get tired of grilling and devouring a scrumptious New York Strip Steak cooked on my MAK 2 Star Wood Pellet Smoker-Grill. I prefer my steaks Medium-Rare so I grill my steaks to and internal temperature of 130ºF. One of the advantages of my MAK 2 Star is having the ability to configure the pit for indirect as well as direct cooking. Using the FlameZone® feature and a Searing Grate I configured the pit for direct cooking.
While pre-heating the MAK 2 Star to High (450ºF+) with CookinPellets Premium 100% Hickory wood pellets I seasoned the NY Strip Steaks with Pete's Western Rub (recipe can be found in my Cookbook) and allowed the steaks to come up to room temperature. It's a well accepted fact in order to grill a steak to perfection it should be at room temperature when tossed on the grill.
Even though beautiful cross grill marks do not affect the taste of medium-rare steaks it certainly makes them that much more appealing. I was very impressed with the performance of the CookinPellets Premium 100% Hickory wood pellets at the high temperatures produced on the MAK 2 Star. I've been impressed with the pellet performance at lower temperatures and after using them at a High temperature I can confidently say that I will be using them for all my cooking/smoking needs.
To achieve those beautiful cross grill marks cook the steaks for a couple of minutes before rotating the steaks 90 degrees on the searing grate. You can then turn the steaks over and finish cooking them to temp. I like to purchase a cryovaced full New York Strip at Costco and cut my own steaks to my preferred thickness. Not only do I get beautiful steaks but you can also save a nice chunk of change cause the price per pound will be a lot less.