Do you slice meat with or against the grain?
For tender meat, you have to cut it against the grain. But some cuts have fibers running in different directions, making it difficult to identify the grain. To identify which direction the grain of the meat is running, look for the parallel lines of muscle fiber running down the meat, and slice perpendicular to them.
How do you slice roast beef against the grain or with the grain?
Slice meat crosswise, going against the grain. This is essential for maintaining a tender cut of beef. If the roast is tied with string, always cut the direction of the string. Butchers always tie the string against the grain, so this is an easy way to identify the grain.
How long should you let steak rest?
Most importantly, the resting period lets the juices reabsorb evenly throughout the steak. How long should you let your steak rest? For Chef Yankel, eight minutes is ideal. For larger cuts of beef, he recommends 15 minutes or more.