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Nothing is quite as satisfying to the palette as a tender and juice, perfectly cooked steak. In this post, I’m going to show you how to use a method known as reverse searing. You’ll end up with a great steak, perfectly cooked, if you follow this simple method.

If You want to Make the Best Steak Ever, Keep Reading!

Reverse searing is a cooking technique that is used to prepare thick cuts of meat, like steaks and roasts. With the help of an internal thermometer, this method results in a perfect internal temperature and a great sear on the outside.

A traditional sear involves searing the meat over high heat first and then finishing it off in the oven (or on the grill). But reverse searing switches this up, reversing the order of the steps.

Hence the name.

Why do People Choose to Reverse Sear their Meat?

The reverse-seared steak cooking method is popular for a handful of reasons. Primarily, because it allows for better control over the doneness of the meat when starting with a low temperature first.

This method also results in a steak (or roast) that’s filled with flavor and deliciously tender.

This reverse sear method is particularly good for thicker cuts of meat. (When traditionally seared, these cuts of meat often end up with uneven doneness.) With reverse searing, you have more control. And when you’re paying for that beef, you want all the control you can get!

Okay, enough talking about the method. Let’s get busy grilling, using this reverse sear steak recipe!

Ingredients

Reverse Seared Steaks from Backyard Texas Grill

You will find a printable recipe card at the bottom of this post but here’s a quick look at what you’ll need to make these Reverse-Seared Steaks. Start with a great cut of meat and these will turn out perfect.

  • One package steaks (whatever cut you prefer – the higher the grade, the more tender it will be)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Garlic butter (to taste)

Note: You could choose from thick ribeye, New York strip steaks, or any other thicker steaks.

How to Reverse-Sear Your Steaks

This is a simple process that results in amazing steaks.

Open steaks and lay them on plate or cutting board.

Reverse Seared Steaks from Backyard Texas Grill

Season liberally with salt and pepper on both sides and edges.

For best results, cover steaks with a paper towel and let sit at room temperature for approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

Reverse Seared Steaks from Backyard Texas Grill

Preheat grill to 165. (You want to start out at a low heat for this process.)

Place steaks on grill and insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thickest steak (if using an automatic meat thermometer, set it to alert you at 125 degrees. If not, use a manual meat thermometer to check the meat’s temperature periodically while the steak cooks.)

Reverse Seared Steaks from Backyard Texas Grill

Once the steaks reach 125 degrees internally, remove from the grill and set aside.

Now it’s time to switch to a high temperature. Increase grill temperature to 500 degrees for the quick sear.

Reverse Seared Steaks from Backyard Texas Grill

Once grill temperature reaches 500 degrees, put the steaks back on the grill.

Reverse Seared Steaks from Backyard Texas Grill

Sear on the hot grill for about 1 to 2 minutes on each side (at the most) until desired internal temperature of the steak is reached. Times will vary, depending on the thickness of your steak.

(Check out the exterior of the steak in the photo below. Hungry yet?)

Reverse Seared Steaks from Backyard Texas Grill
  • Rare 120-125
  • Medium Rare 130-135
  • Medium 140-145
  • Medium Well 150-155
  • Well done 160-165

*TIP: Remove the steaks when they are 5 degrees from the desired internal temperature as they will continue to cook for a few minutes. This is an important step.

Remove steaks from the grill and place on a rimmed baking sheet so you don’t lose any of the juices.

Reverse Seared Steaks from Backyard Texas Grill

Lightly cover with a paper towel or cloth and let rest until final internal temperature is reached (see above for temperature ranges).

Put ½ to 1 teaspoon finishing butter on the top of the steaks.

Reverse Seared Steaks from Backyard Texas Grill

Serve with your favorite side, like a Texas fully loaded baked or sweet potato. We opted for corn on the cob.  

Reverse Seared Steaks from Backyard Texas Grill

I doubt you’re going to have leftovers but on the off chance you do, just be sure to wrap them in plastic wrap or place in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will stay good for 4 – 5 days. Leftovers can be frozen up to two months.

What to Expect from these Steaks

Reverse Seared Steaks from Backyard Texas Grill

They’re juicy, they’re flavorful, and they’re cooked perfectly. This method really works, whether you’re cooking large, thick steaks or filet mignon. These are truly the best steaks I’ve made in ages.

Best of all, this is an easy process that anyone can do, whether a novice or a pro.

That final sear adds a caramelization to the outside of the steak and gives it a nice crust that’s simply perfect. And the flavor from the seasonings and butter? They’re just the right complement to the meat.

I like mine rare, as you could probably tell from the photo above. But my wife likes hers with a little darker color. That’s one thing I love about the internal thermometer. Everyone can have just what they want!

Reverse Seared Steaks from Backyard Texas Grill

When cooking steak, I highly recommend this method of searing. You always end up with the perfect steak, every time! Let me know your thoughts in the comments if you try it too.

Questions People are Asking

Do I have to sear the steaks on a wire rack, or can I use a cast iron skillet for this step once the desired internal temperature is reached on the grill?

  • Absolutely! We love using this method as well. You can use olive oil or butter to coat the cast-iron skillet before placing the steaks on the hot pan and giving them that perfect sear.

Is this really the best way to cook a thick-cut steak?

  • There are definitely options when it comes to the cooking process, but if a thick juicy steak is your goal, we have found starting with a lower temperature and giving it a good sear is the best way!

What to Serve with Reverse Seared Steaks

Why not start with an appetizer? We’ve got an amazing Savory Southern Corn Dip that would be perfect while you’re waiting for these steaks to come off the grill.

Sauteed Cinnamon Apples: These are great as a side or a dessert. They’re loaded with cinnamon and the natural sweetness of the apples.

Why not try this Ultimate Chocolate Cake from Out of the Box Baking for dessert? Chocolate and steak in the same meal? Perfect!

Not in the mood for beef? Then try our St. Louis Style Pork Ribs. You’ll walk away from the table with sticky fingers and a big smile on your face.

Looking for a great dessert to serve with your steak, one sure to wow your guests? Check out this Simple Tiramisu from Out of the Box Baking. It’s delicious!

That’s it for this recipe. We really hope you enjoy this simple reverse sear steak method. Thanks for stopping by Backyard Texas Grill. Until next time, Grill Simple, Y’all!

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About the Man Behind the Grill

Zach Morrow was born and raised in Texas and has always had a passion for great barbecue.

He’s at home behind the grill and loves to feed his friends and family home-cooked favorites as often as he can.

He especially loves trying new things and is excited to produce recipes like this one for Backyard Texas Grill.

Reverse Seared Steaks

Reverse Seared Steaks

In this post I'm going to show you how to use a method known as reverse searing. You'll end up with a great steak, perfectly cooked, if you follow this simple method.

Ingredients

  • One package steaks (whatever cut your prefer – the higher the grade, the more tender it will be)
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • Garlic butter (to taste)

Instructions

  1. Open steaks and lay on plate or cutting board.
  2. Season liberally with salt and pepper on both sides and edges.
  3. Cover steaks with a paper towel and let sit for approximately 30 to 45 minutes.
  4. Preheat grill to 165.
  5. Place steaks on grill and insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the thickest steak (if using an automatic meat thermometer, set it to alert you at 125 degrees. If not, use a manual meat thermometer to check the steak temperature periodically)
  6. Once the steaks reach 125 degrees internally, remove from the grill and set aside
  7. Increase grill temperature 500 degrees
  8. Once grill temperature reaches 500 degrees, put the steaks back on the grill
  9. Sear for about 1 to 2 minutes on each side (at the most) until desired internal temperature is reached: Rare 120-125, Medium Rare 130-135, Medium 140-145, Medium Well 150-155, Well done 160-165.
  10. TIP: Remove the steaks when they are 5 degrees from the desired internal temperature as they will continue to cook for a few minutes.
  11. Remove steaks from the grill and place on a clean plate.
  12. Lightly cover with a paper towel or cloth and let rest until final internal temperature is reached (see above for temperature ranges)
  13. Put ½ to 1 tsp. finishing butter on the top of the steaks
  14. Serve with your favorite side, like a Texas fully loaded baked or sweet potato. We opted for corn on the cob.
  15. I doubt you're going to have leftovers but on the off change you do, just be sure to wrap them in plastic wrap or place in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It will stay good for 4 - 5 days. Leftovers can be frozen up to two months.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com

Thursday 19th of October 2023

Zach, I still haven't tried this method. Seems like every time I'm about to cook my favorite grass-fed boneless ribeyes, I decide I paid too much for them to "take a chance" with a new method. But you make it look foolproof, so ... next time.

Backyard Texas Grill

Thursday 19th of October 2023

It's proven to be a great method for us every time! Definitely give it a try and let us know how it goes.

Joshua Hanna

Wednesday 4th of October 2023

I love this method with a thicker cut of beef.

I also love sous vide then sear.

Debby

Thursday 28th of September 2023

Those steaks look amazing!

Backyard Texas Grill

Friday 29th of September 2023

Thank you Debby! It is now my favorite way to cook our steaks at the Morrow house!

Alice DeVaughn

Thursday 28th of September 2023

These steaks look so good! I have to have my husband try this. Thank you

Backyard Texas Grill

Friday 29th of September 2023

Don't be scared to try it yourself Alice! Show your hubby how easy it is when you make the perfectly cooked steak!

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