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Directions

  1. Prepare the compound butter: Preheat oven to 350°F. Trim away the very tips of the head of garlic. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap loosely with foil, transfer to oven and bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let sit for 30 minutes. Squeeze garlic cloves into a small bowl containing the butter. Combine using a fork, spoon or small spatula. Add thyme and season with salt and pepper. Cover until use.
  2. Prepare the steaks: Bring the steaks to room temperature an hour before preparing by placing them onto a sheet pan or platter. Place peppercorns onto cutting board and roughly chop. Rub steaks lightly with oil then sprinkle with salt and chopped peppercorns.
  3. Grill the steak: Preheat barbecue at least 15 minutes before grilling. Turn one side of the grill to moderate-high for direct grilling. Grill temperature should be at 500°F.
  4. Working quickly, place steaks down on grill and immediately close lid. Cook for 1 minute. Flip the steaks over and cook for an additional minute again, with the lid down. Flip the steaks a third time, turning them 90 degrees to create crosshatch grill marks. Flip once more, again rotating the steaks 90 degrees to create the crosshatch pattern.
  5. Rest: Remove steaks from grill, transfer to a clean platter and cover with foil. Leave to rest for 5 minutes.
  6. To serve: Place a dollop of compound butter on each steak. Serve immediately.
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Simple seasoning partnered with a flavoured buttery finish, it’s our step-by-step guide on how to perfectly cook GRILLED RIBEYE STEAKS!

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The best Grilled Ribeye Steaks

These are the best GRILLED RIBEYE STEAKS, perfect every time.

We’ve all been there; the person who normally mans the barbecue asks you to pinch hit and cook the main course. This time it’s steaks. The first time this happened to me I froze on the spot, “But I’m no good at cooking steaks!” Thankfully, after that mediocre first attempt, I’ve since learned a number of key things to make perfect GRILLED RIBEYE STEAKS! Trust me, follow this step-by-step guide and you’ll be the master of your grill in no time.

We’re thinking this post will end up like our CHICKEN PICCATA SHEET PAN DINNER, our GRILLED BEEF TENDERLOIN and our BEST HOT DOGS – top ranked. We know it’s because the recipes are essential and work perfectly every time, just like these GRILLED RIBEYE STEAKS. First bite and you’re going to be, “My goodness, it’s like butter!”

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Here are our proven tips on how to make GRILLED RIBEYE STEAKS:

Ingredients for Grilled Ribeye Steaks

WISH LIST

This pic of the ingredients includes everything you’ll need to make both the steaks and the roasted bulb of garlic for the compound butter (more about that butter in a bit). The key takeaway from this is that we didn’t use a traditional spice rub because we wanted the flavour of the grilled meat to be more pronounced. The simplicity of just salt and pepper is often preferred, plus it allows you to dress up the finished steaks before serving, as we did here.

The steaks at room temperature

STEAKS

We used 10 oz. ribeyes for this story because we found a thicker 1½-inch thick steak retains more juice and cooks up more tender. If you’d rather use thinner steaks of less weight, just reduce the grill time slightly to ensure you don’t overcook them. Ideally, a trusted butcher will be able to guide you. Make sure they give you steaks with lots of marbling as they have way more flavour. 

The ribeyes seasoned with oil, kosher salt and freshly chopped black pepper

SEASONING

Prepping the steaks for the grill could not be easier, but there are two things you’ll want to remember. First, bring your steaks to room temperature before you begin to ensure they cook evenly. Second thing, please follow our direction to rub the steaks with peppercorns chopped up by hand. They have a chunkier profile and impart a welcome peppery spice to the meat.

The ribeye steaks on the grill

TECHNIQUE

You might remember how we cooked TURKEY BURGERS on indirect heat or how we did those EASY GRILLED PORK CHOPS using both direct and indirect heat. For these GRILLED RIBEYE STEAKS we’re going direct heat all the way. Preheat your barbecue for 15 minutes, getting that temperature up and steady at 500°F. Last thing, you’ll need to work efficiently and quickly because the cover of the grill will go up and down a number of times. Don’t dilly-dally, time is of the essence!

Have a run of foil ready to cover the steaks when they first come off the grill

DONENESS AND REST PERIOD

After making this recipe a few times, we expect you’ll end up like a grill chef where you’ll simply push a finger down into the steak and know whether it’s done or not. The firmer the flesh, the more done it is. You can check accurately using a probe thermometer; I’ll list links to purchase down below. Here are a few guidelines on the doneness for grilled steaks.

Rare: 125°F / 52°C

Medium-rare: 135°F / 57°F

Medium: 145°F / 63°F

Medium-well: 155°F / 68°F

Well done: 165°F / 74°F

Last thing, and we can’t stress this enough, it’s really important to take your steaks off the grill, cover them with foil and let them rest for five minutes. This ensures a juicy and tender steak. It’s your “like butter” guarantee.

Roasted garlic compound butter

COMPOUND INTEREST

A few years back we started recommending compound butters as simple flavour enhancers for grilled poultry, meats and seafood. The concept involves taking butter and flavouring it with veggies, herbs, cheese and/or spices. For this recipe we blended a stick of butter with a ROASTED BULB OF GARLIC, some chopped thyme, and salt and pepper. My goodness, scooping a dollop of the compound butter onto the still-warm steaks and then having it melt as the steaks go to plate – amazing!

The grilled asteaks served with a roasted garlic compound butter

ENJOY

In the VIDEO attached to this story, I promised to share a few suggestions on sides that I love serving with these grilled steaks. Try them with our SAUTÉED ASPARAGUS or HONEY-GARLIC CARROTS. I also like them with FULLY LOADED BAKED POTATOES or our GARLIC SMASHED POTATOES. Of course these steaks also welcome a freshly made salad like our CLASSIC CAESAR SALAD. Each and all will pair perfectly.

Grilled Ribeye Steaks

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Grilled Ribeye Steaks

Ingredients

  • For the steaks:
  • 4 10 oz. ribeye steaks
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • black peppercorns
  • kosher salt
  • For the roasted garlic compound butter:
  • 1 stick of butter (8 tablespoons), room temperature
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • sprinkle of kosher salt
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped

Directions

  1. Prepare the compound butter: Preheat oven to 350°F. Trim away the very tips of the head of garlic. Drizzle with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap loosely with foil, transfer to oven and bake for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let sit for 30 minutes. Squeeze garlic cloves into a small bowl containing the butter. Combine using a fork, spoon or small spatula. Add thyme and season with salt and pepper. Cover until use.
  2. Prepare the steaks: Bring the steaks to room temperature an hour before preparing by placing them onto a sheet pan or platter. Place peppercorns onto cutting board and roughly chop. Rub steaks lightly with oil then sprinkle with salt and chopped peppercorns.
  3. Grill the steak: Preheat barbecue at least 15 minutes before grilling. Turn one side of the grill to moderate-high for direct grilling. Grill temperature should be at 500°F.
  4. Working quickly, place steaks down on grill and immediately close lid. Cook for 1 minute. Flip the steaks over and cook for an additional minute again, with the lid down. Flip the steaks a third time, turning them 90 degrees to create crosshatch grill marks. Flip once more, again rotating the steaks 90 degrees to create the crosshatch pattern.
  5. Rest: Remove steaks from grill, transfer to a clean platter and cover with foil. Leave to rest for 5 minutes.
  6. To serve: Place a dollop of compound butter on each steak. Serve immediately.

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