While there are many ways and cuts of meat to cook, not many can top how to cook rib-eye steak on a Traeger grill. So here is a simple guide ahead that you can use in the future.
Rib-eye steak is a very popular cut of meat because of its flavorful, tender, and juicy taste. There are not too many meat cuts that can match what the rib-eye steak brings to the table.
It is a celebratory meal or people usually cook it on special occasions. However, if you just want a high-quality meal, you do not need to have any occasions to celebrate for a rib-eye steak.
It is very easy to cook, and since it is already tender, you do not need to do a lot of preparation. Within a few minutes, this steak will be ready to be chowed on with side dishes.
There are also many ways and appliances that you can use to cook a rib-eye steak. However, Traeger is the perfect company that provides a great grill that you can use to cook the steak.
Here, we will be going through the step-by-step process of cooking a rib-eye steak on a Traeger grill. Read on as we take on the details and tips that you can follow to cook the steak.
What You Will Need
When selecting the rib-eye steak, there are some points that you can follow to get the best cut. You need to find the cut of meat with a nice marbling in it to keep it tender later.
That is not a hard task as you will immediately see what a good rib-eye looks like. The meat should not be purely red with meat as it should have a balance of white fats and red meat.
The edges should have a slightly thin white lining from the fats.
It is important to get the steak with just enough thickness on the edge as it will protect the meat from drying out when cooked.
Because the rib-eye steak is already full of flavor and tenderness, you do not need much to season it.
A simple combination of salt and pepper can go a long way, but you can improve it.
If you have your favorite spices or rubs, you can use that to make the meat more suitable with your choice’s side dish.
Just remember not to overdo it, as it will take the beefy flavor.
Speaking of side dishes, you also do not need any glamorous recipe alongside the steak.
The highlight is the meat itself, so a small salad on the side or some potatoes will do with the rib-eye.
With a little preparation, you will be able to start cooking the rib-eye steak on your Traeger grill. So let us go straight to the step-by-step process and start cooking this beautiful cut of meat.
Step 1: Prepare The Meat
Get your salt and pepper ready along with the meat, and start trimming off the fats on the side of the rib-eye steak. Do not go too deep, as you might cut some of the meat when doing this.
Get a sharp knife and cut along the meat. A filleting knife is my personal favorite when it comes to this job as it is very flexible and can bend along with the curved edges of the rib-eye steak.
Leave a very thin layer of the fat on the sides; this keeps the meat inside as moist as possible during the cooking process. Mix your rub or salt and pepper in a bowl after that.
Get some quality olive oil, and rub it on the side of the meat and at the center. Use your hands to make sure that all the oil completely coats the steak.
Sprinkle the rub or the salt and pepper on the steak and then leave it on the side. Cover it to prevent flies or other contaminants from getting in the meat while you prepare the grill.
Step 2: Preheat The Traeger Grill
While the rib-eye steak absorbs some of the seasonings, fill up your Traeger grill with wood pellets. Start the fire and then set the grill to 325 degrees Fahrenheit for the grilling of the steak.
The benefit of using a Traeger grill is you also do not have to stand beside the grill to make sure that the fire does not go out. You can set and forget the grill while you do other activities.
If you have the Traeger grill with the feature, just sit back and wait for the grill to reach the desired temperature and check it on your smartphone if the temperature is steadily climbing.
Just before the grill reaches the desired temperature, get the rib-eye steak out of the fridge and then let it sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes to thaw it a little bit before cooking.
Step 3: Cook The Steak
Get your tongs ready and place the steak directly on the grill. Ensure that the grill grates are clean before putting the steak on them by brushing it a little bit and wiping it with a paper towel.
Close the grill’s lid and let the steaks cook for at least 6 minutes on one side before opening the lid to check on them. Do not open the grill frequently to prevent losing heat inside it.
If you want to always keep an eye on the grill and keep the lid open, then you can turn up the heat to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. That way, the steak will continue to cook with an open grill.
After six minutes, check the steak if one side is cooked by lifting the edge. If it smoothly dislodges itself from the grill grates, then that side is ready, so you can flip it and cook the other side.
Wait for another 6 minutes for the other side to cook properly. You can turn the steak 45 degrees if you want some diamond grill marks on the meat, but it is unnecessary for cooking it.
If you think that the steak side, which has the most fats, needs more cooking, you can hold the steak with your tongs and press the side against the grill grate to cook the crust.
To ensure that the steak cooks properly, get your meat probe and insert it in the steak’s middle. The temperature that you should aim for is 132 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 4: Let It Rest
I always do one trick to let the steak out of the girl and let it rest on a chopping board 10 minutes before eating. It continues to cook a little bit, so I take it off the grill at 130 degrees.
After 5 minutes, the rib-eye steak usually gets to the desired temperature for medium-well doneness. Letting the steak rest is also crucial in keeping the moisture of the steak inside it.
So do not forget to let the rib-eye steak for around 5 minutes. Just make sure that it reaches the desired temperature, and then you can slice it and serve it to your guests or your family.
Can I Reverse Sear On A Traeger Grill?
Aside from directly grilling the rib-eye steak on the Traeger grill, you can also cook it in another reverse sear style. This is where you smoke the meat first to tenderize it before grilling.
You just need to set the Traeger grill temperature to 225 degrees and then let the smoke and heat cook the meat. Aim for 132 degrees Fahrenheit for the steak as well before removing it.
You will need to keep the lid of the grill on when doing this since you need the smoke to go deeper into the meat. This type of cooking is slow and will usually take an hour to finish.
Once the rib-eye steak reaches a temperature of 132 degrees Fahrenheit, you can then turn up the grill to its searing or grilling temperature. Sear the meat until you are satisfied with the crust.
There are also some other ways that you can cook the rib-eye steak on a Traeger grill. However, if you just want a simple way to cook the steak, you can follow the guide above.
It is a very delicious cut of meat that you can surely enjoy on any occasion. It is very tender and full of beefy flavor, so it is perfect for a meal with other tangy or light recipes on the side.
So make your best or favorite side dish and serve it with rib-eye steak for the perfect meal. Remember not to overdo the rub or seasonings as the meat is already flavorful.
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