Today is my birthday! Since I cannot resist cooking, I made a Hanging Tomahawk Steak with Garlic Butter Lobster.
The hanging tomahawk has been near my heart since I tried it in 2018. We have done many recipes with it, but I wanted something special today. So we made it with Garlic Butter Lobster meat. It’s such a fantastic meal to make for special occasions!
Time to break out the power tools and light up that charcoal! Yes, you read that right. Today’s cook involves a power drill. Even if it’s only for a brief moment. We’ll need it to drill a hole in the bone of our tomahawk steaks, so that we can hang it over the fire.
What is Hanging Tomahawk Steak
A Tomahawk steak is a cut of beef specifically cut to leave at least 5 inches of rib bone intact. The meat and bone of the cut are trimmed to the point where it looks like a handle. This is my favorite cut of steak because it’s so fun to eat, it’s like my version of Thor’s hammer!
As mentioned above, I’m breaking out the power tools for this recipe. We’ll drill a small hole in the bone so we can hang out Tomahawk Steak over the fire! Don’t worry—you only need the power drill out for a second!
Why You’ll Love Hanging Tomahawk Steak with Garlic Butter Lobster
For such a delicious meal, this only takes an hour to make! You’ll love how tender the meat gets and the savory garlic butter lobster. This is every meat lover’s dream meal. You only need 30 minutes of prep time and 30 minutes of cook time to get this Tomahawk Steak with Garlic Butter Lobster on the table.
I was craving the perfect steak for my birthday, and this bone-in ribeye steak was everything I wanted. It’s so darn good! I mean, who doesn’t love a delicious hearty steak with some good old-fashioned fire cooking?
How to Make Hanging Tomahawk Steak with Garlic Butter Lobster
Hanging Tomahawk Steak with Garlic Butter Lobster Ingredients
- Whole Tomahawk Steaks
- Bourbon Prime Seasoning (or your favorite seasoning blend)
- Canola Oil (olive oil works too)
Lobster Meat Skillet:
- Lobster Meat
- White Wine
- Clarified Butter
- Minced Garlic
- Chopped Chives
Let’s Get Cooking – Tomahawk Steak
Let’s dive into the cooking process!
For the first step, Using a 1/4″ power drill, drive a pilot hole into the top part of the bone of your tomahawk ribeye steak. Then, truss the tomahawk using some trussing string, wire, a piece of butcher twine, or a meat hook so that it will hang nicely over your fire about 5-6 inches away from the coals.
Lather your steak with a bit of canola oil. Thoroughly season your tomahawk on all sides. I used my Bourbon Prime Seasoning for this steak. This seasoning is perfect for all things beef. It works for other foods too, but it’s a powerhouse on red meat. It’s bourbon infused, umami flavoring plus mushrooms and even buttery flavors are unmatched.
If you don’t have this seasoning, it’s okay, just use your favorite steak seasoning.
Once the steak is seasoned, set them in the fridge for 1 hour to set.
Hanging Tomahawks over the Flames
Build a large fire in your fire pit. Wait until the fire is about medium-high heat (around 350F). Set up your tripod or your own hanging device over the hole.
Pro tip: for the best results, make sure you’re hanging your tomahawk steaks are rotated as they cook. This will help cook it more evenly. I manually rotated mine as needed while sitting next to the fire, sipping some bourbon.
Pull out your tomahawk steaks and let it sit at room temperature for 15 minutes. Next, hang your tomahawk steak over the open fire and cook for about 30 minutes until the internal temperature is 100F. Keep adding charcoal and wood to maintain the temperature of the fire.
When the steak is close to hitting temperature, get your fire very hot. Next, place your bone-in steak on the grill and continue cooking that tomahawk, flipping every 1-1.5 minutes until it reaches 120F internally for medium rare (about 4 minutes more cooking). Once the steak is done, pull it off and rest for 10 minutes.
Garlic Butter Lobster for our Hanging Tomahawks
Now, onto the Garlic Butter Lobster!
Add a cast iron skillet or wok to the center of the sear plate. Melt your clarified butter, then add minced garlic to simmer until golden brown. Deglaze the skillet with white wine, then add your lobster meat to cook in the butter mixture for about 3-4 minutes until warm. I then added some of my Chipotle Garlic seasoning for some smoked chili flavor.
Once the lobster meat is done, garnish with chopped parsley, pull off, and keep warm.
Serve your rested steaks with lobster meat, butter over the top, and more chopped chives for garnish. Enjoy!
What to Serve with Hanging Tomahawk Steak with Garlic Butter Lobster
This recipe is a full meal on its own! If you want to add some vegetables or another side dish, pair it with roasted veggies, mashed potatoes, or whatever you like!
I doubt you’ll wind up with leftovers, but if you do, you can store your Tomahawk steaks and your lobster in airtight containers in the refrigerator for 3-5 days.
To reheat your leftovers, arrange them on a baking sheet. Then, please place them in the oven at 375F until warm!
If you’re a steak lover like me, you will be in heaven with this prime tomahawk beef steak! It’s one of my favorite recipes. That’s why I couldn’t resist making it on my birthday! If you give this recipe a go, let us know how it turned out in the comments!
Happy grilling! And cheers to another year cooking over fire!
Hanging Tomahawk Steaks with Garlic Butter Lobster
Hanging Tomahawk Steaks with Garlic Butter Lobster are meaty tomahawks cooked over the flames and topped with savory lobster!
- 1-2 Whole Tomahawk Steaks
- ⅓ cup Bourbon Prime Seasoning
- Canola Oil as needed
Lobster Meat Skillet:
- 4-6 oz Lobster Meat
- 2.5 oz White Wine
- 3 tbsp Clarified Butter
- 1.5 tbsp Minced Garlic
- 1/4 cup Chipotle Garlic Seasoning
- 1 tbsp Chopped Chives
Using a 1/4” drill bit, drive a hole into the top part of the bone of your tomahawk steak. Using some trussing string, wire or a butcher hook, truss the tomahawk so that it will hang nicely over your fire about 5-6 inches away from the coals.
Lather your steaks with a little canola oil. Thoroughly season your steaks on all sides. Make sure to season the sides with my Bourbon Prime Seasoning. Once the steaks are seasoned, set in the fridge for 1 hour to set.
Build a large fire in your fire pit. Wait until the fire is about medium to medium high heat (around 350F). Set up your tri-pod or your own hanging device over the pit.
Pull out your steaks and let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes. Hang your tomahawk steaks over the fire and cook for about 30 minutes until the internal temperature is 100F. Keep adding charcoal and wood to maintain the temperature of the fire. Right when the steaks are close to hitting temperature, get your fire very hot. Place your steak on the grill and continue them, flipping every 1-1.5 minutes until they reach 120F internal for medium rare (about 4 minutes more cooking). Once the steaks are done, pull them off and let rest for 10 minutes.
Add a cast iron skillet or wok to the center of the sear plate. Melt your clarified butter then add your minced garlic to simmer until golden brown. Deglaze the skillet with white wine, then add your lobster meat along with the Chipotle Garlic seasoning to cook in the butter for about 3-4 minutes until warmed. Once the lobster meat is done, garnish with chopped parsley then pull off and keep warm. Pull your steaks when done and let rest for 10 minutes.
Serve up your steaks with some lobster meat and butter over the top along with more chopped chives for garnish. Enjoy!
Derek is the driving force behind Over the Fire Cooking. He started cooking with live fire in 2016 and decided to start a social media page so his friends and family could follow the journey. Fast forward to today and Over the Fire Cooking has spread across multiple platforms with millions now following Derek’s fire cooking journey. He’s a southern fellow who enjoys everything from classic BBQ to Central and South American inspired dishes. Whatever he’s cooking up, it’s guaranteed to be so freakin’ delicious!