Yes, Virginia, there is a perfect way to cook a steak. And according to Cook’s illustrated, you don’t need a marinade, fancy sauces, a sous vide cooker, or a kitchen torch. To achieve a steak worthy of greatness, you just need to cook your meat to the proper temperature before finishing it off with a quick sear. Of course, this begs the all-important question: how can you ensure your steak reaches—but doesn’t soar past—the precise temperatures called for by the food nerds at Cook’s Illustrated?
The answer: whip out a super-accurate, super-fast Thermapen and a ChefAlarm professional in-oven thermometer, and use this recipe. Call me obsessive, but I have no problem using two separate meat thermometers if it guarantees that I’ll have a perfectly-cooked steak for dinner. Besides, if I’m going to splurge on a fancy (read: pricy) cut of meat, the last thing I want to do is screw it up.
Don’t yet have a Thermapen or a ChefAlarm? Then it’s a good thing I’m hosting a giveaway along with the good folks at ThermoWorks! That’s right: one lucky winner’s going to win both a Thermapen AND a ChefAlarm. This prize package retails for $155.00, and if you win, you’ll be the talk of the town (or at least your own kitchen)!
I pulled some strings to make this giveaway eligible to ALL readers—U.S. and international—so enter the giveaway by clicking here or the button below. But do it by 8 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday, January 29, 2015, ’cause that’s when I’ll be picking a winner!
p.s. Not in the mood for steak tonight? Go check out the Whole30 category on my iPad app for more recipe ideas. Bonus: I just launched a new version of the app that fixes a bug in the shopping list and a typo in my Cherry Chicken recipe, so if you already own the app, be sure to update it to get the latest and greatest!
Looking for recipes and resources? Head on over to my Recipe Index or my Resources page. You’ll also find exclusive recipes on my iPad® app, and in my cookbook, Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans.