Some people love to cook their meat low & slow while others like a fast & hot; but, what if I told you there was a way to get the best of both worlds? Introducing the amazing reverse-seared steak! Take any normal cut of steak, smoke it on a low temperature for about an hour, then sear it over a hot fire and BOOM! You have a new party favorite!

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So how does a reverse-seared steak work?

A reverse-seared steak is the combination of two styles of cooking: smoking & grilling. In order to make this style of meat, you first smoke the steak on a low temperature for about an hour.

Reverse Seared Steak

This is counter-intuitive to most people since its not normal to see a ribeye being smoked! When you smoke the steak, you actually cook it from the inside out. This allows for a more flavorful piece of meat since the low temperature does not push the juices out.

Reverse Seared Steak

After the steak has rested, you then quickly sear the outside of the steak on a really high temperature (preferable over the fire). This will get an amazing crust and help to seal in as much flavor as you can! Thus, this is how you do a reverse sear.

When do we start cooking?

So whether you’re a low & slow person or a fast & quick person, try out my Reverse-Seared Steak recipe below and get the best of both worlds! Don’t forget to add some Cowboy Hickory Wood Chunks to the fire for added flavor!

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Reverse Seared Steak

The recipe to get perfect color on your steak from the inside out.
Author:Derek Wolf
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 people


  • 1 Ribeye steak about 12-16oz
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp fresh black pepper
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • Other: A grill that can smoke on low heat i.e. anything with a lid


  • Light the Cowboy Hardwood Lump Charcoal in a charcoal chimney or mound inside your grill and let burn for 10-15 minutes. (Optional) Add 3-4 small pieces of hickory wood to the top of the charcoal for added flavor!
  • Once charcoal is hot, place in grill on one side and leave room so that you can add more charcoal/wood later. Close the lid on your grill and wait for the temperature to reach 225F.
  • While waiting, season the steak with salt, pepper, and cinnamon on both sides. When temperature is ready, place steak on opposite side of charcoal.
  • Let the steak roast for about 45-50 minutes (or until the internal temperature for steak is 120F). Make sure to add charcoal/wood chunks to maintain a consistent temperature!
  • Pull steak off grill and let rest for 10 minutes. While steak is resting, prep your grill to be as hot as possible!
  • When fire is ready, place steaks on grill for 1 minute per side. For cross grill marks, do 30 seconds on one side then turn 90 degrees for another 30 seconds. Flip steak and repeat process.
  • Slice, serve and enjoy!


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Derek Wolf

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!

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