The barbecue is my husband's domain, and my comments on how to cook with it are not always appreciated. It has taken me many, many summers of subtly recommending ideas to achieve the perfect steak.
Allow steaks to come to room temperature. Heat barbecue (or griddle pan) until very hot.
Rub the steak with oil, salt and pepper. Place the steak on the hot barbecue (or griddle pan) and contrary to popular belief, turn the steak often, probably every minute or so. Your steak will cook faster and more evenly by turning it often. Ideally start on the flat hotplate and then finish off on the grill for the last minute or two. When the steak is cooked, remove, cover and rest for 10 minutes.
To make the caramelised onion, heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat and cook onions for 8 minutes stirring occasionally. They should not brown but just soften. Add balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper and stir for 2 minutes.
Cook up some sausages for the kids. Cook them slowly so they don't burst. I recommend approximately 15 minutes on a medium-low heat, turning every 2-3 minutes.
Only salt the meat just as you are about to put the steak on the barbecue. If you salt the meat too early, it will draw the moisture out and make it dry.
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