The Art of Grilling the Perfect Reverse Seared Steak

Picture this: a sizzling steak, perfectly cooked, with a mouthwatering crust that locks in all the juices and flavor. It’s a dream come true for any BBQ lover. If you want to master the art of grilling the perfect steak, then reverse searing is the technique you need to know.

The Quest for the Perfect Steak

Growing up in a restaurant family, I learned the art of ordering a steak medium rare and appreciating its natural flavors. However, I always wondered how to recreate that same perfection at home. After years of experimentation and sampling, I discovered the secret: reverse searing.

Unveiling the Mystery of Reverse Searing

Reverse searing is a cooking process that involves slow-cooking the steak at a low temperature and finishing it with a high-temperature sear. This method ensures even cooking from edge to edge, retaining the juiciness within while creating a delightful crisp crust on the outside.

You can achieve this culinary magic on a grill with two-zone heat, a smoker, or even in a low-temperature oven and a high-temperature skillet. The options are endless as long as you follow the two-step process.

  1. Give it Time: Start by introducing the steak to low heat, slowly raising its internal temperature. This ensures perfect doneness throughout without overcooking the exterior.

  2. Bring on the Heat: Searing the steak on high heat creates a mouthwatering brown crust and finishes the cooking process, guaranteeing a perfectly cooked, juicy steak.

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Mastering the Reverse Sear on the Grill

If you’re using a grill, the key to a successful reverse sear is two-zone cooking. Create a high-temperature zone with direct heat and a low-temperature zone with indirect heat. Aim for a low temperature of around 225 degrees F. Here’s how to grill the perfect steak:

  1. Preheat your grill: Get your grill or smoker ready for two-zone cooking, aiming for 225 degrees F. If you’re smoking, consider using oak or hickory wood for added flavor.

  2. Season the steak: Liberally season your steak with your favorite beef seasoning, salt, and pepper. Make sure to press the seasoning into the meat.

  3. Cook indirectly: Place your steaks directly on the grill grates and close the lid. Using a reliable meat thermometer, smoke the steak until it reaches an internal temperature of 115 degrees F.

  4. Prepare for the sear: Open the grill lid to heat up the charcoal, turn the heat to high on the direct heat side of your gas grill, or preheat a cast-iron skillet on high heat. If using a skillet, drizzle it with high-temperature cooking oil, such as avocado oil.

  5. Sear the steaks: Place the steaks directly on the hot pan or high heat side of your grill. Sear each side for 2-3 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches your preferred level of doneness.

  6. Rest, slice, and enjoy: As soon as the steaks come off the grill, top them with salted butter and let them rest for 10-15 minutes. Then, slice, serve, and savor the mouthwatering results.


The Art of Temperature Control

One of the advantages of reverse searing is the ability to cook the steak exactly how you like it. With low and slow cooking in the first step, it’s easier to achieve the perfect level of doneness without accidentally overcooking. Make sure to use a reliable meat thermometer and follow these basic temperature guidelines:

  • Rare: 120-125 degrees F
  • Medium Rare: 130-135 degrees F
  • Medium: 140-145 degrees F
  • Medium Well: 150-155 degrees F
  • Well Done: 160-165 degrees F
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Allow the steak to rest for 10-15 minutes after grilling. The residual heat will continue to cook the steak, resulting in a perfect internal temperature.

The Best Cuts for Reverse Searing

Nearly all cuts of steak can benefit from the reverse searing technique. Thick cuts like ribeyes, porterhouse steaks, New York strip steaks, tenderloins, and tri-tips are especially ideal. Here are a few examples of steak recipes that utilize reverse searing variations for perfectly cooked results:

  • Grilled Porterhouse Steak
  • Smoked Steaks
  • Grilled Tri-Tip
  • Reverse Seared Tomahawk Steak
  • Reverse Seared Tenderloin with Charred Chiles

Elevate Your Steak with Flavorful Seasonings

Enhance the natural flavors of your steak by using the perfect seasoning. Here are a few popular options:

  • Hey Grill Hey Signature Beef Seasoning (2020 NBBQA 1st Place Beef Seasoning WINNER)
  • Homemade Steak Seasoning
  • Montreal Steak Seasoning
  • Steak Rub
  • Smoky Joe Coffee Rub
  • Equal parts coarse salt, black pepper, and garlic powder

Get Ready to Wow Your Taste Buds

Now that you have unlocked the secrets of reverse searing, it’s time to fire up your grill and embark on a journey of culinary delight. Treat yourself and your loved ones to the perfect steak every time. For more grilling inspiration and recipes, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.

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