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Directions are for 1, but you can make as many as will fit on half of your grill
Season the steak evenly with salt or finely crushed smoked salt on both sides and allow to rest in the fridge for a couple hours. I like using smoked salt if cooking on a gas grill since it supplies a smoky flavor.
Coat the steak on both sides with Le Poivre and ground fennel. I like to use a ratio of about 2:1. The fennel adds a wonderful sweetness as it toasts.
Let the steak rest while you pre-heat your grill (set it up for indirect cooking with one side on medium and the other side off, goal is to have a steady temp of 200-225°F)
Coat sides of the steak with some olive oil or any other liquid fat (regular butter does not work well due to the water content so clarify it first), place the steak on the cool side of the grill, and close the cover.
Cook until the internal temperature of the steak is around 110-115°F in the center, (110 for an inch, 115 for 1.5 inches). I find a thermocouple pen thermometer is the quickest and easiest way to check this. You can do it by feel and instinct but you will occasionally overcook.
At this point remove your steak and get the grill hot.
Finish your steak on the grill, flipping frequently, until the spices are nicely toasted and the color overall is a rich brown. I tend to find that about 3 minutes of total cooking time on each side is about the right amount of time.
Remove the steak to a cutting board you can serve it on and dig in. No need to let it rest, the steak will just get colder and less crisp if it sits. You can spoon any juices that run off right back onto the steak, or sop them up with grilled bread
* a note on beef: I eat a lot of steak and I've found that some of the best tasting beef is grass-fed from breeds that thrive on grass. My favorite breed so far is Murray Grey. It's not something you can easily find in a store but if you look around for farmers, and find one convenient to you, you'll be very happy you did.
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