HOW TO: Reverse-Sear A Tomahawk Steak

HOW TO: Reverse-Sear A Tomahawk Steak

Don't let the Certified Angus Beef Tomahawk intimidate you. A surprisingly simple way to guarantee that medium-rare finish is the reverse-sear method, which can be accomplished on any grill. Chef Gavin Pinto from the Certified Angus Beef Test Kitchen is going to show us how.



Although these instructions are specific to a ceramic grill, this technique can be done on a gas or conventional charcoal grill. Tip: Use a probe thermometer.
PREP TIME - 5 mins
OTHER TIME - 12 hrs 20 mins
COOK TIME - 1 hr 10 mins
TOTAL TIME - 13 hrs 35 mins


  1. Season the defrosted steak with salt and pepper; refrigerate, overnight preferred.
  2. Preheat the Big Green Egg to 275° to 300°F. Once target temperature holds, add wood chunks to coals, affix diffuser plate (wrapped in foil for easy clean up) and place grate on diffuser plate.
  3. If using a probe thermometer, put the tip in center of steak, place steak on grate and close lid. Make sure both the draft door and damper are only open about 1-inch.
  4. Smoke 1 hour while monitoring both the grill temperature (keep below 300°F) and steak temperature. Once steak reaches 110°F internally, remove probe, remove steak from grill and set aside while you set up The Egg for direct, high heat.
  5. Remove grill grate and set aside. Remove diffuser plate from grill and return grill grate. Open both the damper and draft door all the way for maximum air flow. Close lid to allow grill temperature to rise, targeting 600°F. While grill preheats, wrap the bone of tomahawk in aluminum foil to protect from scorching.
  6. Slowly open grill a couple inches, hold the lid in place for 1 second before opening all the way. This is called “burping” and is recommended for safety. Place tomahawk on grate and sear for 1 to 2 minutes on each side or until a dark crust has developed.
  7. Remove from grill to cutting board; rest steak at least 5 minutes. Check internal temperature with thermometer to confirm doneness (130° to 135°F for medium rare). Cut ribeye from the bone; slice into 1/2-inch slices to serve.
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