Reverse Searing Ribeye Steaks on the Traeger: A Smoky Flavor Sensation

If you’ve never experienced the incredible taste of a perfectly cooked reverse seared ribeye steak on your Traeger Grill, you’re missing out on one of the most mouthwatering culinary experiences imaginable. The reverse sear method is a must-master technique that guarantees edge-to-edge perfection and a delectable smoky flavor with a tantalizing crust.

Sliced ribeye steak and a knife on a cutting board.
Savor the beautifully sliced reverse seared ribeye steak.

Ribeye: A Cut Above the Rest

Undoubtedly, ribeye is one of the most cherished cuts of meat. With its exceptional marbling, robust flavor, and ability to absorb the Traeger wood-fired essence, ribeye is a steak lover’s dream. You can find ribeye steaks at any grocery store, making it accessible to everyone. Even an affordable choice ribeye can be transformed into a gourmet masterpiece using this technique.

Elevate Your Steak with Compound Butter

To take your ribeye to new heights, whether it’s a wagyu or choice steak, consider adding a dollop of compound butter post-sear. This simple addition of butter infuses the meat with velvety moisture, hints of saltiness, and a burst of incredible flavor, depending on the ingredients you choose for your compound butter.

Creating Compound Butter

Crafting compound butter is a breeze. With just half a stick of softened butter and a selection of flavorful ingredients, you can whip up a sensational accompaniment. If your butter is not at room temperature, gently microwave it for about 15 seconds until it softens. After incorporating the ingredients, let the compound butter firm up in the fridge or freezer. Don’t worry if you accidentally melt the butter a bit; it can still be salvaged.

Flavorful Combinations

When it comes to compound butter, the possibilities are endless. You can experiment with various mixtures that beautifully complement your cooking. For instance, a combination of chopped Serrano chiles, cilantro, and garlic salt adds a subtle southwestern flair. Opt for salted butter as a base for richer flavor, or if using unsalted butter, be generous with your salt addition.

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Wrap the well-blended butter mixture in plastic wrap, shaping it into a log. Chill or freeze the butter while you prepare your steak, ensuring that you have the perfect compound butter ready to enhance the reverse seared ribeye once it’s off the Traeger.

Unveiling the Reverse Sear

Reverse searing has become a staple in countless households for a reason. While there are multiple ways to achieve this technique, we highly recommend using your Traeger Grill to capture that unmistakable wood-fired flavor. It may require a bit of extra time and effort, but the results are undeniably worth it.

The reverse searing method involves two crucial steps:

  1. Cook the steak low and slow until it reaches a temperature 10-15 degrees below your desired finish.
  2. Finish by cooking hot and fast until the steak reaches a temperature 5 degrees below your desired finish, producing a delectable crust.

A ribeye steak with a Meater Thermometer probe on grill grates.
Begin the process by smoking the ribeye on your Traeger.

The Procedure

Start by smoking the steak at a low temperature, typically between 180 to 225 degrees Fahrenheit on your Traeger grill, which enhances the smoky taste using Traeger wood pellets. If you’re pressed for time, you can bump up the temperature to 275 degrees Fahrenheit.

Once the steak is roughly 10-15 degrees below your desired temperature, transfer it to a searing hot griddle, grill grates, or pan. Sear both sides until the Meater Thermometer indicates it’s time to pull it off the heat. This usually occurs at around 5 degrees below your target temperature, as the steak will continue to cook slightly during the resting period.

Essential Ingredients for Success

To embark on your reverse searing journey, gather the following primary ingredients:

  • Ribeye steak (we recommend a 1.5-inch thick cut from Snake River Farms).
  • Seasoning of your choice (we suggest the Spiceology Salt Pepper Garlic blend).
  • Binder, such as Fresh Vintage Farms almond oil.
  • Softened butter.
  • Freshly chopped Serrano pepper.
  • Chopped cilantro.
  • Salt (Jacobsen’s Black Garlic Salt provides excellent flavor).
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Steak and compound butter ingredients on a cutting board.
Gather all the ingredients for your ribeye with compound butter.

Traeger Magic: Why It Works

Although it’s possible to reverse sear a steak in your oven, you’ll miss out on the delightful wood-fired taste that comes from using your Traeger Grill. Take the extra time and effort to fire up your Traeger Ironwood XL (or any Traeger model you have) to enjoy an extraordinary reverse seared ribeye steak with your loved ones. The slow and low temperature of the Traeger infuses the steak with that distinctive Traeger wood pellet smoke, resulting in flavor perfection.

Ramp up the grill temperature and add a set of Grill Grates to achieve remarkable grill marks on your final product. Not only will your kitchen remain clean and cool, but your dinner will boast that unmistakable Traeger flavor. It’s a win-win situation!

Making It Easier with Meater

Cooking a reverse seared ribeye on the Traeger becomes effortless when you have a Meater wireless thermometer system by your side. The paired app guides you through the entire cooking process, presenting prompts and estimating the cooking duration. With the Meater’s longer range, multiple probes, and advanced estimator algorithm, you can achieve consistent, perfectly cooked results without the need for constant monitoring.

Meater Thermometer app indicating internal temperature.
Follow the Meater app for foolproof results.

Step-by-Step Success

To embark on your reverse searing adventure, follow these steps:

  1. Preheat your Traeger Grill to 225 degrees Fahrenheit using the super smoke feature.
  2. Season your steak by applying a binder of oil, followed by seasoning all over.
  3. Insert the Meater probe into the meat and pair it with the app.
  4. Set the desired finish temperature to 135 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Place the steak in the preheated grill and follow the Meater directions for cooking.
  6. While the steak cooks, prepare the compound butter by combining the softened butter, cilantro, chopped Serrano pepper, and salt. Mix until well blended.
  7. Transfer the butter mixture onto a piece of plastic wrap and shape it into a log.
  8. Refrigerate or freeze the butter until the steak is ready.
  9. When the steak reaches 120 degrees Fahrenheit, remove it from the grill, and tent it with foil.
  10. Heat up your grill to a super hot temperature and use Grill Grates to achieve the perfect sear.
  11. Remove the steak from the foil tent and place it on the hot grates for searing.
  12. Cook each side for approximately 90 seconds (rotating for even results) or until the Meater Thermometer indicates it’s time to remove the meat (usually around 130 degrees Fahrenheit).
  13. Place the steak on a cutting board and tent it with foil.
  14. Slice the prepared compound butter into three 1/4 inch slices and place them on top of the steak while it rests.
  15. After resting for 10 minutes, slice the steak against the grain and serve.
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Ribeye steak and Meater Thermometer on a cutting board.
Season the steak and insert the Meater probe for accurate cooking.

Explore More Recipes and Products

Looking for alternative steak recipes? Check out these tasty options on my blog:

  • A creative use for leftover steak: steak salad with ponzu.
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  • Experience the vibrant flavors of steak with chimichurri.
  • Savor the succulent goodness of grilled picanha.

For additional compound butter recipes and more culinary inspiration, grab a copy of my cookbook! It’s a treasure trove of delectable dishes waiting to be discovered.

Products Used in This Cook

Enhance your cooking experience with these exceptional products:

  • Traeger Ironwood XL: Delivering outstanding results.
  • Grill Grates: Achieve the perfect sear.
  • Meater wireless thermometer system: Seamlessly integrated with new Traeger grills. Enjoy extended Bluetooth to WiFi range, stand-alone mode, multiple probes, and a guided cook system with advanced estimator algorithms to guarantee perfect results.

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