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By: Dave Joachim
The most frequent question we get is: How do the great steakhouses do it? How do they cook perfect steaks every time, with sizzling, dark, flavorful crusts, evenly done from edge to edge on the inside, tender and juicy, with big, bold, beefy flavor?
In this Deep Dive Guide ebook, we share everything we have learned over the years about making great steak. We cover everything from choosing the grade and cut of meat to aging steaks, trimming and tying, dry brining, seasoning, direct searing, reverse searing, and even slicing. So pull up a chair, preferably near the fire, and settle in for a deep discussion of what goes into a truly exceptional steak.
Deep Dive Guides is the ebook imprimatur of Meathead’s AmazingRibs.com. It is a growing series of ebooks in which we have attempted to share our breadth and depth of experience on a variety of culinary topics. They are designed to give you an inexpensive deep dive into a topic so you come away knowledgeable and confident. They contain numerous links to pages on the internet and videos for more info. You will enjoy this book best if you read it while you are connected to the internet.
Some of this content is scattered among the 2,000+ pages on Meathead’s AmazingRibs.com. Although websites are great references, they are not great learning environments, not nearly as good as books. We think that binding together carefully edited articles in an organized flow from start to finish in book format, is a far better way to learn than from articles scattered around on a website.
Some of this info appears in other Deep Dive guides because we think that it is important that they all contain foundational info on such things as meat science, safety, tools, etc. So we have included the most important info within these pages and written new, previously unpublished, related info. Enjoy!
Published On: 12/31/2021 Last Modified: 2/15/2022
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