When it comes to cooking steak, there are no second chances. How do you make sure you’re not overcooking your BBQ steaks? Well, a meat thermometer is great to give you a quick and precise reading. However, poking a hole in your beautiful BBQ steak inevitably leads drying its juices out and losing flavour. So if you would rather not pierce your meat before it is finished cooking we have a solution – The Finger Test, and all you need is your hand!
Feel the palm of your hand, just below your thumb. It’s a little soft and fleshy. This is what raw steak should feel like when you touch it.
Now bring your thumb to your index finger, and touch that same part of your palm again. It should be a little tighter, but still pretty soft. A rare steak should feel like this when you touch it.
Repeat the process and bring your thumb to your middle finger. Notice how that same section of your palm tensed up a little more? This is what a medium-rare steak feels like.
Move your thumb to your ring finger. Now the palm may feel slightly flexed. This level of firmness means your steak is cooked medium.
Well Done Steaks
Now touch your thumb to your pinky. That section of your palm will be fairly firm. This is what a well-done steak feels like.
It is just that simple and no tools required. Try it out and let us know how your BBQ steaks turned out!