I’m a big believer that bbq and grilling should be a part of everyone’s meal planning all year ’round. In fact, I find that my appetite is sharper when cooking in colder weather, and food out of the smoker, or off the grill… like these steaks, taste better.
Amazing Traeger Steaks Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes smoke, 10 minutes cook Pellets: Oak 2 – 1 1/2 inch thick Rib-eye or New York Strip steaks Seasoned salt to taste Herb Butter (see recipe below.)
Season steaks on both sides. Start your Traeger on smoke with lid open for 5 minutes to get started. Close the lid and allow the interior to heat up for an additional 10 minutes. Place your steaks on the grill in the SMOKE mode, and cook for 30 minutes.
Then take them off the grill and set aside.
Turn your Traeger to HIGH. When the grill reaches 400 – 425 degrees put the steaks back on the grill, and sear for 5 minutes per side for rare to medium-rare. Because you’re cooking in an enclosed environment, you don’t have to flip your steaks, but I still do because I like the pretty grill marks.
Remove the steaks from the grill to a warmed platter, tent loosely with foil and let rest 5 minutes. Add a dollop of herb butter to each steak, re-cover, and let rest an additional 5 minutes.
Serve whole, or slice thinly across the grain, spooning melted butter from the platter over each steak.
Good accompaniments include baked potatoes, roasted asparagus (both are very nice with the herb butter, see below), and a fresh Caesar salad.
Garlic Herb Steak Butter
- 1/2 cup sweet cream butter, softened
- 1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp. salt or to taste
- 4 cloves of fresh garlic, minced
- 3 Tbs. fresh parsley chopped
- 1 1/2 Tbs. fresh basil, chopped
- 1 1/2 Tbs. fresh rosemary, chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Mix all ingredients until well combined.
Scoop onto a square plastic wrap, roll to form a log, and then twist the ends to seal.
Refrigerate 2-3 hours (overnight is even better).
Slice the butter into rounds.
Great on steaks, steamed veggies, or freshly baked bread!