The reverse sear steak starts off slow and steady on the Traeger and finishes with a good sear in the grill. The technique yields an evenly cooked and tender piece of meat, beautifully browned crust, and the most inviting smoky aroma! It is probably the only way you want to cook your steak going forward.
Dry brine time + steak resting time1d1hr
Course: Main Course
Keyword: beef, steak, Traeger
Author: Mr. JOC
1-2Tbspkosher salt (Diamond Crystal; use half for table salt)I use Diamond Crystal; Use half for table salt
Sprinkle salt generously so it covers all sides of the steaks in a tray. The steaks should be around the same size and thickness.
Cover the steaks with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours. Ideally 48 if time allows.
Preheat the Traeger or pellet grill to 200ºF (93ºC).
Take the steaks out from the refrigerator and place directly in the Traeger.
Insert a meat thermometer inside the thinnest piece of steak.
If the thermometer is working correctly, the steak temperature should be around 50ºF (10ºC).
When the thermometer reads 125ºF (52ºC), the steaks will be medium rare throughout.
For medium steaks, remove them from the Traeger around 135ºF (57ºC)
For medium-well steaks, remove them from the Traeger around 140ºF (60ºC)
If you are cooking steak to different doneness, label them. Rest steaks for at least 1 hour.
Brush 1 Tbsp oil on steaks and coat all sides.
Preheat grill to 500ºF (260ºC) or if you are using a cooktop, heat 2 Tbsp of oil in cast iron pan until oil is smoking.
Sear the steaks for 3-4 min total until they’re to your liking. Slice against the grain and enjoy.
To Make Roasted Garlic
Preheat the Traeger to 350ºF (177ºC). Cut the head of garlic cross-wise.
Drizzle ½ Tbsp of oil per head of garlic and surround with aluminum foil. Do not wrap as you want the smoke flavor to infuse the garlic. You can put the cut tip of garlic back or leave it off. Garlic without the tip will appear darker but won’t dry out.
Place garlic in Traeger for 40 min (grill corn or other vegetables in the Traeger at the same time to go with the steak).