02 Feb Flavor Face-Off: Gas Grilling vs Wood Grilling Prime Steaks
Which is best, gas or wood? Wood grilling creates a robust flavor profile, perfect sear, and smokey flavor. Gas grilling ensures your prime steaks are cooked evenly and don’t have an intense wood taste. Order steak online, and check out these different techniques, and see which one you’ll use for your next family dinner or barbeque!
The smoky flavor from wood grilling allows your meats to achieve next-level flavor and aromas, all in the comfort of your backyard. Mastering the artistry of wood-fired flames adds an element of skill. Cook for:
- Natural aromas of the burning wood add complex flavors to the steak, perfect for wintertime.
- Enhanced flavor and rich smoky flavors to prime steak, providing a depth of taste that many enthusiasts find superior to the flavor of gas-grilled steaks.
- Caramelized crust from wood grilling results in a better-seared and caramelized crust. This can be more challenging to achieve with the consistent heat of a gas grill.
- Versatility of wood selection, such as oak, hickory, or mesquite, offer nuanced flavors to steaks, which may be more limited in a gas grilling environment.
Gas grilling is more convenient for many people because they have more control over the taste of prime steaks. Plus, you do not have to wait to get a fire going or need to know how to manage a wood fire. Gas grills also allow:
- Consistent temperature control allows consistent and even cooking throughout the steak. This control can be challenging to achieve with the fluctuating temperatures of a wood fire.
- Gas grills heat up quickly if you prefer a quicker turnaround, such as this prime steak!
- Cleaner flavor profile gas grilling imparts a cleaner flavor to the steak, allowing the natural taste of the meat to shine without the additional smokiness associated with wood grilling.
- Gas grills often come with additional features, such as multiple burners and adjustable heat zones, providing greater versatility and control for achieving different levels of doneness.
Why Searing is Important
Whether you are gas or wood grilling, a steak is only done with the sear! Here are a few tips:
- Use hardwoods like oak or hickory over the high flames for a robust, smoky flavor.
- Trap heat and intensify searing on a gas grill by closing the lid to keep the prime steak juicy.
- Intensify the sear on a wood grill by using a cast-iron skillet directly over the flames, ensuring an even crust.
- Create classic cross-hatch grill marks on a gas grill by searing steak for a few minutes, then rotating it 90 degrees before flipping it to the other side.
- Preheat the gas grill on high for at least 15 minutes, then place the steak directly over the heat source for a few minutes on each side until a golden crust forms.
- Get caramelized crusts on a wood grill by creating a two-zone fire, placing the steak directly over the high-heat side for a quick sear, then moving it to the cooler side to finish cooking.
Remember to adjust these techniques based on the thickness of your steaks and personal preferences for doneness.
Try Out Our Meat Boxes for Your Next Occasion!
If you’re looking for barbecue meats or prime steaks to try on the grill, Chorizo de San Manuel has you covered! Order steaks online or get a better price with our meat boxes! Each one includes:
- A variety of pristine and checked cuts
- Our signature seasonings
- Juicy Cilantro or Cheesy Jalapeño sausage
- Savory Mexican chorizo to use in your favorite recipes, such as Chori-Fideo courtesy of @Arnietex.
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