For our first grilling adventure with the Big Green Egg, Travis and I decided to go simple and delicious with a classic rib-eye steak. He ran to Whole Foods, gathered just a few ingredients, and we were well on our way to the best meal we’ve had at home in a long time. Thanks to some tips and advice from my parents (the resident Big Green Egg experts in our family), our first attempt at grilling on the Egg was a massive success. Such a success, in fact, that I’m going to share our recipe and our process. The keys here are simplicity, top of the line ingredients, and a timer (because these suckers grill up FAST!).
The Perfect Rib-Eye Steak
- Two 3/4″ thick rib-eyes – approximately 1.5 lbs (Travis selected a dry-aged, boneless rib-eye from Whole Foods)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Big Green Egg Process ::
- Trim the steaks of any excess fat.
- In a small bowl, mix the dry ingredients together and apply to both sides of the steaks (be sure to taste rub and adjust based on your personal preferences – the recipe I originally found was far too salty for us). Allow seasoned steaks to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before grilling.
- Set the EGG for direct cooking. To increase sear marks use a cast iron cooking grid (that’s what we did and ours looked incredible); for extra flavor add wood chips (we’ll try this next time).
- Heat the EGG to 650 degrees. Once it’s reached 650, place the steaks on the grill, close the lid, and sear for 1.5 minutes.
- Open the lid and flip the steaks onto a new section of the grid. Close the lid. After 1.5 more minutes, flip the steaks once more.
- Completely shut down the EGG by closing the damper top and draft door. Let the steaks continue cooking for 1 minute, until they reach the desired internal temperature.
- Remove the steaks, cover them in foil, and let them rest for at least 5 minutes before serving. Ours rested for about 10-12 minutes because once we took the steaks off, we grilled some asparagus. When the asparagus was done (it took ~8 minutes), we were ready to feast on this…
Happy Big Green Egg Grilling!