Grilled Steak Directly on Lump Charcoal

Experience the primal joy of grilling steak directly on lump charcoal. This method, favored by grilling enthusiasts for its ability to impart a deep, smoky flavor, is both simple and effective. In this recipe, we'll show you how to prepare and cook a top sirloin steak to perfection using lump charcoal. With our detailed instructions, you'll master the art of grilling steak directly on the coals, achieving a beautifully charred crust and juicy interior.


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Grilled Steak Directly on Lump Charcoal


  • 1 top sirloin steak (3/4 inch thick)
  • Cracked black pepper
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground Pounder seasoning (or your favorite steak seasoning)
Key Equipment:
  • Grill gloves
  • Long tongs
  • Chimney starter
  • Hair dryer (optional)
  1. Dry Brine the Steak:
    • Season the steak generously with cracked black pepper, kosher salt, and Ground Pounder seasoning.
    • Place the seasoned steak on a plate and refrigerate for 48 hours.
      Steak On A Plate
  2. Prepare the Charcoal:
    • Fill your chimney starter about 3/4 full with B&B Oak lump charcoal.
    • Light the charcoal and allow it to heat up until the coals are glowing red hot.
  3. Set Up the Grill:
    • Dump the hot coals into your grill and let them settle for about 5 minutes.
    • Use a hair dryer to blow on the coals a few times to increase the heat and remove excess ash.
      Using Hair Dryer On Coals
  4. Grill the Steak:
    • Lay the steak directly on top of the glowing red coals.
    • Rotate the steak 90 degrees every minute to ensure even cooking and to shake off any clinging embers.
    • Grill the steak until it reaches your desired doneness:
      • 2-4 minutes per side for rare
      • 4-6 minutes per side for medium
        Using Tongs On Steak
  5. Rest and Enjoy:
    • Remove the steak from the coals and let it rest for at least 5 minutes.
    • Slice, serve, and enjoy your perfectly grilled steak!
This method of grilling directly on the coals imparts a unique, smoky flavor that enhances the natural taste of the steak. Enjoy!


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