How to Grill the Perfect Steak on a Pellet Grill

Who doesn’t love a juicy and flavorful steak? Cooking steak on a pellet grill is a fantastic way to achieve incredible results. The distinct smoky flavor and the versatility of different wood options make it an unforgettable culinary experience. Let’s dive into the art of grilling steak on a pellet grill and discover the secrets to creating an exceptional backyard steak.

The Art of Grilling Steak on a Pellet Grill

Grilling steak on a pellet grill is undeniably one of the most delicious ways to savor a mouthwatering steak. After years of experimenting with various grilling techniques, I can confidently say that the pellet grill never fails to impress me. The infusion of just the right amount of smoky flavor, combined with a perfect sear, results in a steak that’s truly sublime. To elevate the experience, I like to finish off the steak with a touch of butter while it’s resting, taking it to a whole new level.

Simple Ingredients for the Perfect Pellet Grill Steak

Creating a fantastic steak requires only a few basic ingredients. The beauty of grilling on a pellet grill lies in the fact that the grill itself imparts a tremendous amount of flavor, eliminating the need for complex seasoning. Here’s what you need to make an unforgettable pellet grill steak:

  • 2 prime ribeye steaks weighing 12-16 ounces each
  • 1 tablespoon of a high-quality beef rub (or a blend of salt, pepper, and garlic powder)
  • 2 tablespoons of salted butter
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If you don’t have a beef rub on hand, don’t worry. Seasoning the steak with just salt and pepper will also produce fantastic results.

The Art of Cooking Steak on a Pellet Grill

Now that you have your steak and seasoning ready, let’s embark on the journey of grilling the perfect steak. Follow these steps to achieve steak perfection:

  1. Preheat and season: Start by preheating the grill to 225 degrees F, using your favorite wood pellets. While the grill is preheating, generously season the steaks with the beef rub.
    Steak being seasoned with beef rub

  2. Cook: Once the grill reaches the desired temperature, place the steaks on the grill and cook them until they reach an internal temperature 10 degrees below your target doneness. Use an instant-read meat thermometer for precision.

  3. Sear: Remove the steaks from the pellet grill and crank up the temperature to high (around 400-450 degrees F). Return the steaks to the hot grill and sear them for 2-3 minutes per side until they reach your desired level of doneness.

  4. Rest and enjoy: Take the steaks off the grill, and for the final touch, top each steak with a tablespoon of butter. Allow the steaks to rest for 5-10 minutes before indulging in their irresistible flavors.

Deliciously seasoned ribeye steak on a pellet grill

Cooking Time for the Perfect Pellet Grill Steak

The total cooking time for a pellet grill steak, aiming for medium-rare doneness, is just over an hour. This includes one hour of initial cooking at a lower temperature, followed by 4-6 minutes of searing time. Keep in mind that cooking times may vary depending on your desired level of doneness. To ensure accuracy, use a reliable instant-read meat thermometer to monitor the steak’s temperature throughout the cooking process.

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Pro Tips for Grilling Steak on a Pellet Grill

To take your pellet grill steak to the next level, here are some expert tips to consider:

  • Start with cold steaks: Cold meat attracts smoke better than warm meat. By starting with cold steaks, you can achieve a perfectly cooked steak from edge to edge without overcooking the outside.
  • Let your grill preheat before searing: Pellet grills may not be known for their searing abilities, but there are workarounds. Allow your grill ample time to get hot after the initial smoking phase. Take note of the hotter spots on your grill and use them to your advantage for searing. If you crave a more intense sear, consider investing in GrillGrates, which provide higher heat conductivity and stunning grill marks.

Pellet grilled steak on a serving platter

Discover More Steak Recipes for Barbecue Enthusiasts

Once you’ve mastered the art of grilling steak on a pellet grill, you can explore other techniques to fully indulge in the world of grilled steaks. Here are some more exciting steak recipes to try:

  • Steak on a Gas Grill
  • Steak on a Charcoal Grill
  • Steak Temperature and Doneness Guide

Let’s Fire Up the Grill!

Now armed with these expert tips and techniques, you’re ready to create a masterpiece on your pellet grill. Follow this recipe, and prepare to delight your taste buds with an extraordinary steak. If you loved this recipe, don’t forget to leave a 5-star review and share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Remember, a perfectly grilled steak is the ultimate feast for all your senses, and with a pellet grill, you can achieve extraordinary results every time.

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