Reverse Searing – Cooking Steak on a BBQ Grill

Reverse searing steak on a BBQ grill

Reverse searing is a technique that can help you cook a better steak on your BBQ grill. It works by allowing the surface moisture to evaporate before cooking it to its final temperature, which gives you the perfect sear without overcooking the meat.

It is especially good for thick cut steaks like ribeyes and New York strip steaks. Flank steaks and other thin cuts are not ideal for this method because they can become dry and overcooked if cooked too long.

What is reverse searing?

Reverse searing is a technique used to cook steak on a BBQ grill. It involves cooking meat low and slow in the beginning, then finishing it off with a high temperature sear for a caramelized crust.

This technique can be used for thick cuts of beef, such as a ribeye steak or tomahawk, but it works best with a rib eye cut of beef that is at least 2′′ thick (or more). It takes a little more time and effort than the conventional method of flipping a steak until it is done in the middle, but it can result in a much more even and delicious end product.

It combines a low and slow cooking process with a high heat sear to get a beautiful, smoke-infused medium rare steak on the inside while giving the outside a gorgeous caramelized crust that locks in that delicious meaty flavor from the Maillard reaction. It can be done on a charcoal grill, smoker, oven, or any combination of those and more.

How to reverse sear on a BBQ grill

Reverse searing is a BBQ cooking technique that involves low and slow cooking of steak before finishing it off with a sear over high heat. It’s a great way to cook steaks on a BBQ grill without having to risk overcooking them and ruining the meat.

You can reverse sear on a smoker, grill or oven and you can use this method with a number of different types of meats. However, it’s important to know how to use your heat source correctly.

In order to get the best flavor, you want to start by cooking the steak at a low temperature. This will dry the surface of the steak and make it easier for the Maillard reaction to begin.


Reverse searing is a cooking method where steak is cooked on a grill or in an oven at a low temperature before being seared over high heat. It is a great way to cook steak with a smoky flavor and a caramelized outer crust.

Reversing the process of cooking a steak results in a steak that has a nice crust and is still medium rare on the inside. It also gives the steak a more intense taste than when you sear it over a hot surface.

You can use a variety of thermometers when reverse searing a steak on a BBQ grill. However, you should only use a thermometer that has been approved by the FDA.

A thermometer works by containing a liquid and a glass tube that expands as the temperature increases and contracts as the temperature decreases. Mercury is often used as the liquid because it expands and contracts at a very constant rate, making it a good choice for measuring temperatures.

Cooking times

Reverse searing is a method that works well with a variety of cuts of steak from ribeyes to roasts. It requires some patience, but the results are worth it!

Generally, you cook a steak at low heat for the majority of the time and then finish it off with high heat to sear it. This can be done using a smoker, indirect grill, oven or sous vide.

The key is knowing when to switch from the low cooking phase to the final sear so that the meat comes out perfectly cooked. For example, if you want a medium rare steak with a final temperature of 130degF, remove it from the grill or oven once it reaches 115degF.

Before starting to reverse sear, make sure the grill is preheated and ready for use. Oil the grates and place the steak on one side of the grill as far away from direct flames as possible to prevent flare-ups.

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