Preparing T-Bone Steaks
Direct heat grilling or broiling is best for the T-Bone. You can pan cook it if the cut is less than 1 ¼” thick.
Whenever barbecuing, use tongs to turn the meat. A fork should never be used as it will punch holes in the meat and allow the natural juices to escape, causing the meat to lose flavor and become chewy.
Internal temperature for rare is 120° - 130°, medium rare is 130° - 140° and for medium is 140° - 150°. You can also judge the doneness of steak by pressing the meat with your finger. Very rare meat offers little resistance, medium rare is slightly springy, medium is firm but still springy, whereas well done is quite firm.
Preparing Filet Mignon
This cut is so tender that it should never be cooked beyond medium-rare. The longer you cook it, the less tender and drier it becomes.
Use a dry, high heat method such as grilling, roasting, pan-frying, or broiling.
Cutting into the meat to check doneness lets juice escape. Use the touch method. Touch the meat. If it feels soft and leaves an imprint, it is rare. If it is soft but slightly resilient, it is medium-rare. When it feels firm, it is overdone.
Filets are a thick steak, so grill the sides as well as the top and bottom.
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