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Ribeyes Over Charcoal Recipe

By: Andrea Alden

Ribeye steaks are some of the most flavorful steaks on the market. They’re a tad on the pricy side, but when you’re craving a good steak, this is a great one to get. A thick one can feed two people easily. They’re tender and when you add the delightful fragrance and flavor of charcoal to the mix… well, there is really nothing better. This recipe will show you how to grill ribeye steaks over a charcoal barbecue using the reverse sear technique.

Prep Time
10 Min
Cook Time
65 Min
Yield
4
Difficulty
Easy

Ribeyes Over Charcoal Recipe

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Ingredients

Directions

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Ingredients

2

thick cut Ribeye Steaks
approx. 1½ to 2 inches thick

1 tbsp.

kosher salt

1 tbsp.

dehydrated garlic

½ tbsp.

freshly ground black pepper

2 tbsp.

butter

(optional)

pecan or mesquite wood smoker chips

Directions
  1. Using a charcoal chimney starter, ignite a single load of charcoal. When lit, pour the charcoal on one side of the charcoal grill, creating a two-zone fire. Open the vents on the bottom of the grill to the first – least open – setting. Preheat the grill to around 250°F to 300°F. 
  2. While the grill is heating, rub the steaks with the salt, garlic, and pepper. If you are using, insert the probes of your digital thermometer and set the desired done temperature of the steak – around 10°F to 15°F less than perfectly done. So for medium rare, around 125°F. 
  3. Place the steaks onto the grill away from the charcoal. If you are using wood smoking chips add them to the charcoal. Close the lid and allow the steaks to slowly cook and smoke. This technique is called the reverse sear and will allow the fat in the meat to render, adding extra flavor and tenderness to the meal. 
  4. When the steaks are around 100°F, open the vents on the bottom of the grill to add more air to your charcoal. If the grill doesn’t start to heat up, you can always add more lit charcoal to create a hot zone for searing.
  5. Once the steaks reach an internal temperature of around 115°F to 125°F move them over direct heat to sear. Sear for one to two minutes, turn the steak 90°, cook another couple of minutes, flip and repeat until you have perfect sear marks.
  6. Rest the steaks for about 5 minutes before slicing and serving, topped with a pat of butter and your favorite side dishes. 
  7. While the steak is resting, don’t forget to give your cooking grids a quick brush, then close down all vents on the charcoal grill to snuff out the charcoal.

Learning how to grill ribeye steaks over charcoal, and even adding a little smoke flavor to them, is not nearly as hard as you think. The results are rich and gratifying. What is your favorite food to grill over charcoal? Tell us by sharing your recipes and photos on our social pages like Grills Instagram and Grils Facebook using the hashtags #CharcoalGrilling and #NapoleonGrills.

Happy Grilling!

Season the ribeye steaks

Season the ribeye steaks

Insert the thermometer

Insert the thermometer

You can even add a little smoke

Slow roast the ribeyes

Slow roast the ribeyes

You can even add a little smoke

You may want more charcoal for the sear

You may want more charcoal for the sear

Sear the ribeyes over high heat

Sear the ribeyes over high heat

Serve topped with a pat of butter

Serve topped with a pat of butter

Slice your perfectly grilled steak

Slice your perfectly grilled steak

Don't forget to share

Don't forget to share

AndreaAlden
Andrea Alden

I used to be the Sultana of Sizzle, but you can call me Andrea. I have always been passionate about food. Even though I was majoring in Art and Graphic Design, I would frequently be found cooking for my friends and family.

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Season the ribeye steaks

Season the ribeye steaks

Insert the thermometer

Insert the thermometer

You can even add a little smoke

Slow roast the ribeyes

Slow roast the ribeyes

You can even add a little smoke

You may want more charcoal for the sear

You may want more charcoal for the sear

Sear the ribeyes over high heat

Sear the ribeyes over high heat

Serve topped with a pat of butter

Serve topped with a pat of butter

Slice your perfectly grilled steak

Slice your perfectly grilled steak

Don't forget to share

Don't forget to share