If you already know about reverse sear steaks there’s nothing new in this post. If you haven’t yet jumped on the reverse sear steak bandwagon then please read on. The reverse sear technique lets you cook steaks perfectly every time.
It seems like a lot of work but it really isn’t. In fact, while it does take a bit longer, reverse sear steaks pretty much guarantees that you will nail your steaks every time. Took me a long time to get around to trying it but I was converted after the first try. One thing – you have to have an instant read thermometer to do this – you are cooking with the power of science here.
The idea is to first cook your steak over an extremely low fire until it reaches around 110F. This is the “reverse sear” in reverse sear steaks. The low temperature allows the steak to cook more evenly. You then pull the steaks and crank your grill. As hot as you can go. If you have something that goes to 700F go for it. It’s not critical to go this hot but it’s fun and it will impress your friends. Once you hit max temperature you put the steaks back on the grill and cook to the internal temperature you want.
It’s counter intuitive but that’s the genius. And it works. Really, really well.
- Sirloin, striploin or rib steaks one inch thick (or more)
- Pepper, coarsely ground
- Pre-heat your grill to 225 to 250F. Cook the steaks slowly here. Like in a fancy steak house where when you say medium rare you get medium rare the whole way through the steak.
- When you are taking temperature readings insert the thermometer from the side of the steak. That's good advice for any steak or chop. You can be sure you are in the centre if you come in from the side - coming in from the top or bottom is almost certain to give you an inaccurate read.
- Grill the steaks at 225-250F until an instant read thermometer inserted in the thickest point in the steak reads around 110F. This will take somewhere around 10 minutes so pay attention. Remove the steaks and tent with foil.
- Turn the grill up to max. Let it get nice and hot. I did the steak in the picture on a big green egg at somewhere around 600F. Once it's hot return the steaks to the grill and cook 1 to 2 minutes per side. Time depends on the target temperature. When you reach the temperature that corresponds to the guideline below remove the steaks from the grill. Tent with foil and let rest for 5-10 minutes.
- Check the temperature fearlessly. Poking meat with a temperature probe doesn't let all the juices out of the steak. Cooking meat to too high an internal temperature - that dries it out. It's the science of protein and heat - don't take my word for it - google it.
Medium Rare 130F
Final temperature will be around 5 degrees higher after resting. These aren't the "safe" government numbers mind you. They are the numbers that give you steaks that line up with what you are expecting.