How long to grill rib steak
There’s nothing more classic to come from the grill than a thick-cut, perfectly cooked bone-in ribeye steak with a secret slather of flavor.
Grilled Ribeye Steak Recipe
“Which one do you like best? This one. Or this one?”
I put my family through this photo editing process at least once a week. But given that this is 100% my husband’s recipe/passion/craving-every-single-week, consulting him on which photo to lead this post was part of the process.
“Definitely the one on the grill,” he replied. Really? But it’s not on a plate. It’s not all styled out. It’s not my usual style of pic.
“Exactly. It’s a big, beautiful ribeye grilled to perfection on a grill. Isn’t that what you want to show?”
Yes. Yes it is. Why do I always overthink it?
This grilled ribeye steak is the epitome of summer. Big. Juicy. And it serves a crowd. Or if you’re my husband, serves enough for dinner and leaves some for a breakfast burrito in the morning.
He’s smart that way.
Ribeyes are my man’s go-to steak. They’re rich. They’re buttery. And it’s all thanks to serious ribbons of marbeling through the beef to create the ultimate decadence of any steak you can slice a knife through.
My husband moved his killer indoor steak-making-technique outdoors with this ribeye recipe. And there are several factors that come into play.
Ingredients for Grilled Ribeye Steak
Contrary to what some may think, steaks need only a healthy dose of kosher salt and freshly ground pepper. The simplest seasonings hold the key and underseasoning is one of the most common mistakes a home cook can make.
As such, the only ingredients you need for cooking ribeye steak are:
- Ribeye steak
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- Unsalted butter
What’s the Best Steak for Grilling?
While not inexpensive, a ribeye steak’s flavor is worth the price. Always choose a bone-in steak. The bone adds flavor to the meat, and a thicker steak will always produce a meatier, more tender and flavorful steak. Sometimes he’ll choose an aged steak, sometimes a prime. Either way, it’s more about HOW he cooks than WHAT he cooks.
How to Cook Ribeye Steak on the Grill
Liberally season your ribeye with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, making sure all sides of the steak are covered. Wrap the steak in plastic wrap, then chill for 12 hours or overnight.
Cook your steak on a hot grill, flipping occasionally to create an exterior sear until a thermometer (this one is our favorite) registers 130-135º for medium rare and 135-140º for medium. Be sure to allow the steak to rest for about 10 minutes after grilling, and before slicing, to seal in the juices.
And here comes the juicy secret…
After cooking the ribeye steak, my husband slathers on a tablespoon or two of butter to add another layer of juicy flavor and fat for the ultimate bite. The melted butter seeps into the meat and sends the point home that this is one lip-smacking steak.
How Long to Cook Steak on the Grill
The exact ribeye grill time will vary slightly depending on thick it is, whether it’s boneless or bone-in, and so forth. But when cooking this 24-ounce bone-in ribeye, we first grilled it over high heat for 10 minutes per side before moving it to a cooler part of the grill and cooking it for another 20 to 25 minutes.
Do I Have to Add Butter?
Technically, no. But your ribeye won’t taste as juicy and delicious, trust me.
Tips for Grilling Ribeye Steak
I prefer seasoning this grilled ribeye simply with salt and pepper, but you’re welcome to use your favorite steak rub if you’re so inclined. But try it first with salt and pepper and see what you think!
It’s very important that you let the ribeye come to room temperature before grilling. It allows the steak to come to an even temperature all at once for a perfectly cooked steak.
A thick steak like this one will provide more than a one-person portion. Slice the steak thinly and serve at the table with sautéed mushrooms and the steak’s own juices if desired.