To successfully grill steaks, you need to make sure that you have very hot coals. It does not matter whether it is a gas or charcoal grill; it must be very hot when you put the steaks on. Be careful with gas grills because they have a tendency to heat unevenly. Spread the briquettes around so that they distribute the heat evenly. Also, be careful to wait long enough with a traditional charcoal grill. Wait until the coals are almost all white.

Here is a tip on how to get the charcoal to be ready to grill quickly.


  • Pile the briquettes as tight and as tall as you can.
  • Douse the briquettes with lighter fluid and cover the grill. Let it set for five or ten minutes.
  • When you are ready to light the charcoal, add a small amount of fresh lighter fluid.
  • Light the pile of briquettes with a lighter or match being very careful to stay as far away as possible.
  • When the briquettes begin to turn white, use a stick to spread the briquettes out into a single layer.
  • Place the grill rack into position and place the steaks on the grill.
  • Do not cover the grill with a lid throughout the cooking process.