Salt-and-Pepper Rib Eye from The Grilling Book
With Labor Day coming up, there is still time to grill up the perfect steak. You can go crazy with fancy marinades or dry rubs, but I love just a simple steak where you can taste the flavor of the meat. This is a recipe for a beautiful salt and pepper rib eye. You’ll really taste our different beef breeds with this unpretentious preparation. You can thank us later.
Salt-and-Pepper Rib Eye
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1 2-lb. bone-in rib-eye steak (1½ to 2 inches thick)
2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
1 tsp. coarsely cracked black peppercorns
Vegetable oil, for brushing
Coarse sea salt
A well-marbled rib eye is so rich and flavorful on its own that it requires nothing more than salt, pepper, and fire. Build a 2-zone fire so you can sear it over hot embers then finish cooking it slowly over medium-low heat to develop a crispy, crunchy steakhouse crust and a juicy interior. If you’re working with a boneless rib eye, lower the cooking time by a few minutes.
Put steak on a wire rack set on a rimmed baking sheet. Pat dry with paper towels. Season with . tsp. kosher salt per side. Let stand at room temperature for at least 1 hour. Pat dry with paper towels. Season again with ½ tsp. salt per side; press in ½ tsp. cracked peppercorns per side so pieces adhere.
Build a 2-zone medium-hot/medium-low fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill to high just before cooking, leaving one burner on low. Brush grill grate with oil. Sear steak over higher heat, flipping once, until nicely charred, 3 to 4 minutes per side. (If a flare-up occurs, use tongs to gently slide the steak to a cooler part of grill.) Move steak to lower heat and continue grilling, flipping once, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Using tongs, lift steak and sear both edges (the bone side and the fat-cap side) for 1 to 2 minutes per side to render out some of the fat. Grill steak to desired temperature, 14 to 18 minutes total or until instant-read thermometer registers 120ÅãF for rare (steak will carry over to 120° F, or medium-rare, as it rests).
Transfer steak to work surface; let rest for 10 minutes. Slice against the grain, season with coarse sea salt.
—From The Grilling Book, The Definitive Guide From Bon Appétit edited by Adam Rapoport/Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC