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.