Best Steak for Grilling
When you’re looking for a cut of beef to put on the grill, you need to look for two qualities – tenderness and flavor. While there are many different cuts that work well on the grill, a grilled ribeye is one of my favorites because it has great flavor (especially on the bone) and because it comes from the short loin, it is very tender with good marbling of fat throughout. On the grill, much of that fat renders and you’re left with a juicy delicious steak dinner. The drawback to a ribeye, of course, is its high price tag. Another, slightly less expensive cut to put on the grill is a strip steak (also called a New York strip steak, Kansas City strip, strip loin). A top sirloin steak is yet another steak that is good on the grill, although it is not as tender as a strip or ribeye. Whichever cut you choose for this smoke spiced grilled ribeye recipe, season it well and cook it properly and you won’t get any complaints from me!
How to Season a Ribeye
Often, if I have a beautiful ribeye steak I do as little to it as possible – just salt and pepper – and then top it with a compound butter or some sautéed mushrooms and call it a day (a very happy day!). Sometimes, however, it’s nice to put a spice rub on the steak for a change or a different flavor. This smoked spice grilled ribeye includes a spice rub made with chili powder and smoked paprika, which gives the steak a true smokey flavor even if you’re grilling on a gas BBQ or in a stovetop grill pan. Rub the spice rub all over the steak and let the steaks sit at room temperature for an hour while you get the BBQ pre-heated and prepare the other parts of the meal. An hour, incidentally is about the right amount of time to bake a potato on your BBQ or in the oven at 425ºF. Just sayin’…