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Prep Time:
35 Minutes*
Grill time:
4 Minutes

Steak On Hot Coals

The Ultimate Direct Grilling

Posted on by Andrea Alden
Steak On Hot Coals
Serves 4
Prep Time:
Grill time: 4 Minutes

I was discussing a notion with someone about grilling the best steak. They (actually our blog author) had heard about someone grilling directly IN the charcoal. Now, we've had a few steaks in the recipe section of this website. But I have never done anything so... well I don't actually have the words for it. So I set about doing research and decided to do a recipe alongside our author for how do grill steaks directly in the coals. They (professionals) call it Clinching, it's down and dirty, super caveman style, out of the box grilling. Read the blog article about Clinching here

This is an experience that I will be repeating. I took a meh cut of meat and turned it into a masterpiece. I will definitely be doing my steaks this way when I can. Aside from actually lighting the charcoal, it took less time to grill than the perfect steak! That's right. Steak perfection faster than grilling a perfect steak on gas. Sounds too good to be true right? Well keep reading. 

Place the steak on the hot coals
Place the steak on the hot coals
Wait 2 minutes and flip the steak over
Wait 2 minutes and flip the steak over
Wait another 2 mins, rest before slicing
Wait another 2 mins, rest before slicing

Steak On Hot Coals

Serves: 4       Total Time: 39 Minutes*


  • 4 of your favourite steaks, at least 1-inch thick
    (can be NY strip, or eye of round etc.)
  • 2 tsp. pepper
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garlic herbs
  • 1 clove of garlic


Step 1
Let me just start by saying that you have to wait until the coals are perfectly lit and ready to go, that is what takes the time in this recipe. That is why I have the * beside the 35 minutes. Light your charcoal using the chimney starter, or if you have a gas grill, use the burners to light your charcoal in the cast iron charcoal tray like I did.
Step 2
In a small bowl, combine the salt, pepper, herbs and chili powder.
Step 3
Remove the steaks from the fridge and season them well with the spice combination. Allow them to come to room temperature.
Step 4
When the coals are ready, place the steaks right in/on the coals. Let them cook for 2 minutes. Flip them over and let them cook another 2 minutes for medium rare. For more cooked through, you can let your steaks sit for 1 to 2 more minutes per side.
Step 5
After the 2 minutes per side, remove the steaks and let them rest under foil for at least 5 minutes before slicing and serving with a fantastic salad and baked potato.
Serve with a great salad and baked potatoes
Serve with a great salad and baked potatoes

These came out amazing. Most of us wanted the perfect medium rare steak. That is what we got. Many of the people that ate with us said that they would be making their steaks like this from now on. Try it yourself, this weekend. No seriously, you NEED to do this as soon as possible. Steak on hot coals is absolutely amazing. 

Happy Grilling!

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