If you’re a steak lover, you know that there’s nothing quite like a perfectly cooked New York strip steak. But have you ever tried reverse searing your steak? This method involves cooking the steak at a low temperature first, then searing it at high heat to create a delicious crust. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps of reverse searing a New York strip steak, from choosing the right cut of meat to serving it up on your plate.
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Choosing the Right Steak
Before you start cooking, it’s important to choose the right cut of steak. For reverse searing, you’ll want to choose a high-quality New York strip steak that is at least 1 inch thick or two fingers thick. Look for a steak that has good marbling and bright red color. Avoid steaks that are too thin or have a lot of visible fat.
Preparing the Steak
Once you’ve chosen your steak, it’s time to prepare it for cooking. Start by seasoning the steak with salt and pepper, or your favorite steak rub.
Allow Steaks to Sit
To ensure that your steaks are cooked to perfection, it’s important to let them rest at room temperature for at least an hour after the rub is applied. This allows the meat to come to room temperature, which ensures even cooking throughout the steak.
Preheat Your Z Grills Pellet Grill
Before you begin cooking your steaks, it’s important to preheat your Z Grills pellet grill to its lowest setting, which is typically around 180°F.
Smoke the Steaks
Once your grill is preheated, it’s time to smoke the steaks. Place them on the grill and smoke them at 180°F for approximately one hour, or until the internal temperature reaches 110-115°F. This slow and low cooking technique is perfect for infusing the steaks with a smoky taste while keeping them moist and juicy.
Remove the Steaks and Prepare the Grill for Searing
After the steaks have been smoked, it’s time to remove them from the grill and transfer them to a plate. Carefully remove the grease drain pan and heat baffle from the grill, leaving one rack over the firepot. Turn the grill up to high to preheat it for the next step in the cooking process.
Preheat the Cast Iron Skillet
While the grill is heating up, it’s time to get your cast iron skillet ready. Add oil to a 12-inch cast iron skillet and heat it up for 5-7 minutes until it reaches a temperature of around 500°F. This will ensure that the skillet is hot enough to sear the steaks, creating a delicious crust on the outside of the meat.
Sear the Steak
Once the skillet is hot, it’s time to sear the steaks. Place the steak on one side of the skillet and cook it for approximately 2 minutes, until a crust forms on the outside of the meat. This will help to lock in the juices and create a delicious flavor.
Turn and Cook the Steak
After 2 minutes, turn the steaks to the other side and cook for another 2 minutes. This will ensure that both sides of the steak are seared to perfection and create a delicious crust on the outside of the meat.
Baste the Steak
Let’s take your steak game to the next level! Heat up your skillet and add a generous amount of butter, garlic, thyme, and rosemary. Once the butter melts, start basting your steaks with the delicious mixture. Keep basting until you reach your desired temperature. For a juicy medium-rare, aim for an internal temperature of 115°F. If you prefer a more well-done steak, go for 127°F. Trust us, your taste buds will thank you for this mouth-watering experience!
Let the Steak Rest
Now that your steak is cooked to perfection, it’s time to let it rest. Don’t skip this step! Allowing your steak to rest for 10 minutes will ensure that the juices are evenly distributed throughout the meat. This means that every bite will be tender and flavorful. While you wait, take a moment to appreciate the aroma of your perfectly cooked steak.
Prepare the Butter Sauce
While your steak is resting, it’s time to prepare the finishing touch – the butter sauce. Take the skillet with all the delicious juices and pour it into a small dish. This sauce is packed with flavor and will take your steak to the next level. You can even mix in a small piece of butter and a whole garlic clove into the sauce. Trust us, this sauce is worth the extra effort.
Slice and Serve the Steak
Finally, it’s time to slice your steak and serve it up. Make sure to cut against the grain to ensure maximum tenderness. Take a moment to appreciate the beautiful colors and textures of your perfectly cooked steak. Then, serve the steak with the butter sauce and enjoy the explosion of flavors in every bite. Congratulations, you’ve just become a steak master!
There are many delicious side dishes that would pair well with a reverse seared NY Strip steak. Here are a few suggestions:
Simply coat the asparagus spears with olive oil, salt, and pepper, then grill them until they’re charred and tender. Drizzle with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice for a bright finish.
Smoked Mashed Potatoes
Boil some potatoes until they’re tender, then mash them with butter, milk, green onions, and olive oil. Serve them hot alongside your steak.
Grilled Brussels Sprouts
Cut the Brussels sprouts in half, then toss them with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast them in the oven until they’re crispy and caramelized.
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Brush ears of corn with butter and sprinkle with salt, then grill them until they’re tender and slightly charred. Serve them hot with a sprinkle of fresh herbs.
Reverse searing a New York strip steak on a Z Grills pellet grill is easy and can consistently produce a restaurant-quality steak in the comfort of your own home. So why not give it a try and impress your guests with your delicious grilled masterpiece! If you haven’t got a Z Grills yet, discover the Z Grills lineup and find your dream grill today.
Reverse-Seared New York Strip Steaks
- Z Grills 10502B Wood Pellet Grill
- Z Grills Cherry Wood Pellets
- Probe Thermometer
- Cast iron skillet
- 2 pounds New York strip steaks 2 fingers thick
- 4 garlic cloves
- 3 sprigs of thyme
- ½ tablespoon stick butter
- Begin by cleaning and patting dry the steak. Then, generously season with a mixture of salt, pepper, and granulated garlic for added flavor.
- Let the steaks rest at room temperature for 1 hour after the rub is applied.
- Preheat your Z Grills wood pellet grill to its lowest setting (180°F).
- Smoke the steaks at 180°F for 1 hour or until an internal temperature of 110-115°F is reached. This should take approximately 1 hour.
- Remove the steaks to a plate. Carefully remove all the grease drain pan, heat baffle leaving one rack over the firepot. Turn the grill up high to preheat.
- Add oil to a12-inch cast iron skillet and preheat for 5-7 minutes, until the cast iron is very hot (500°F).
- Place the steak on one side of the skillet and cook, searing for 2 minutes.
- Turn the steaks to the other side and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Add the butter, garlic, thyme, and rosemary to the skillet and start basting the steaks once the butter melts. Baste until your desired temperature has been reached. For medium-rare, the internal temperature should be 115°F, and for medium-high rare, it should be 127°F.
- Move the steak to a plate and let it rest for 10 minutes.
- Transfer the butter sauce to a small dish, then mix in a small piece of butter and a whole garlic clove into the sauce.
- Slice the steak, serve it, and enjoy!