If you’ve never experienced the utter joy a barbecued steak can bring to your taste buds, you’ve been missing out on one of life’s great carnivorous pleasures. But nearly any cut of beef benefits from a lick of smoke – something our collection of barbecued beef recipes showcases perfectly.
Take Tom Hunt’s flash-fried Onglet steak with herbs, or Adam Byatt’s Barbecue T-bone steak with devilled butter and oxtail macaroni cheese, for example. Cooking them over fire brings out the meaty, juicy flavours better than anything else and creates a sweet, charred crust on the outside that just begs to be bitten into. But you can barbecue most cuts of beef – burgers are the most obvious example, but using the coals to smoke or slow-cook larger cuts works just as well, too.
Whenever you are barbecuing beef, make sure you’ve left the meat out to come to room temperature beforehand and always give it a good seasoning. Lightly oil the beef, too, so there’s no chance of it sticking to the metal grill.