Cooking Delicious Steak on a Pellet Grill

Video cooking steak on pellet grill

Enjoying Amazing Beef Flavors

Cooking steak on a pellet grill is one of the best ways to savor the deliciousness of beef. The flavors are simply incredible, and by using different types of wood in your grill, you can experiment and create unique flavor profiles.

Steak on a dark serving platter with text overlay

The Tastiest Backyard Steak

In my opinion, cooking a steak on a pellet grill is one of the tastiest ways to prepare a mouthwatering steak in your own backyard. Even after years of grilling on various types of equipment, I still love the perfect blend of flavors and the simplicity of cooking on a pellet grill. The steak gets just the right amount of smokiness and a nice sear on the outside. To elevate it to another level, I always add a touch of butter while the steak rests.

Simple Ingredients for Flavorful Steak

This steak recipe requires only 3 ingredients. A good steak doesn’t need a lot of additional components. The smoke from the pellet grill imparts amazing flavor, so we’re keeping it extremely simple. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • 2 12-16 ounce ribeye steaks
  • 1 tablespoon of Hey Grill Hey Beef Rub (or equal parts salt, pepper, and garlic powder)
  • 2 tablespoons of salted butter

You can purchase the Beef Rub from the Family Cuisine store or find it at many retailers across the U.S. If you don’t have any Beef Rub, you can stick to salt and pepper as a basic seasoning.

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Three steaks being seasoned with Hey Grill Hey Beef Rub

Step-by-Step Guide to Cooking Steak on a Pellet Grill

Once you’ve got your steaks and seasonings ready, it’s time to make a delicious steak. Here’s how you can cook steak on a pellet grill:

  1. Preheat and season: Start by firing up the grill to 225 degrees F. While the pellet grill preheats, season the steaks with Hey Grill Hey Beef Rub or your chosen seasoning.
  2. Cook: Place the steaks on the grill and cook them until the internal temperature reaches 10 degrees lower than your desired doneness. Refer to my post on Internal Temperatures for Meat for steak temperature guidelines.
  3. Sear: Take the steaks off the pellet grill and increase the temperature to High (around 400-450 degrees F). Return the steaks to the hot grill and sear them for 2-3 minutes per side or until they reach your preferred final temperature.
  4. Rest and enjoy: Remove the steaks from the grill and top each steak with a tablespoon of butter. Let them rest for 5-10 minutes before digging in.

Cooking Duration for Perfect Steak

Cooking steak on a pellet grill takes just over an hour (for medium-rare doneness). This includes 1 hour of initial cooking followed by 4-6 minutes for searing the steak. The cooking time may vary based on your preferred doneness. To ensure accuracy, use an instant-read meat thermometer to gauge the internal temperature of the meat.

Seasoned ribeye steak on a pellet grill

Tips for a Successful Pellet Grill Steak

Here are some handy tips to make sure your pellet grill steak turns out perfect:

  • Start with cold steaks: Cold meat attracts smoke better than warm meat. Since your grill is at a low temperature to start, you don’t have to worry about overcooking the outside of the steaks while the inside remains rare. The steaks will slowly reach the desired temperature, giving you an even cook from edge to edge.
  • Let your grill preheat before searing: Pellet grills may not be known for their high-heat searing abilities, but here are a few workarounds:
    • Allow your grill ample time to get hot after the initial smoking step.
    • Familiarize yourself with the hot spots on the grill and use them. Most pellet grills have hotter areas around the edges of the deflector plates. Utilize these spots for searing your steaks.
    • If you desire a more intense sear, consider purchasing GrillGrates. These high-heat conducting metal grates provide a hotter sear and create beautiful grill marks.
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Pellet grilled steak on a serving platter

Explore More BBQ Steak Recipes

Once you’ve mastered the art of cooking steak on a pellet grill, try out these other techniques to become a grilling pro:

  • Steak on a Gas Grill
  • Steak on a Charcoal Grill
  • Steak Temperature and Doneness Guide

Try This Pellet Grill Steak Recipe

Follow this recipe to create a memorable and mouthwatering meal! If you loved this recipe, please leave it a 5-star review and share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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