Forking out for a high-quality cut of meat can often cause some tension at the barbecue, because then this precious investment really needs to be cooked to perfection – and many a pitfall awaits between the raw steak and a perfect result. The biggest question is often when various spices and flavourings should be added to the meat.

For this very reason we've taken a closer look at three key seasoning components: salt, pepper and herbs. The timing of the seasonings deserves special consideration, as this can ultimately decide whether the steak ends up being an aromatic smash hit or a bitter disappointment. And "bitter" should be taken literally in this case – caution is advised when seasoning, especially with pepper. Watch the video for a summary of the most important seasoning tips.