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Dirty Tomahawk Steaks with Steakhouse Butter
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5 from 3 votes

How to Cook a Tomahawk Steak on Charcoal

Learn how to cook a tomahawk steak on the charcoal! These bone in ribeyes are a showstopper!
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Resting Time10 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Author: Derek Wolf


Tomahawk Steak:

  • 2 Full Tomahawk Ribeye Steaks
  • ¼ cup of Garlic Salt
  • ¼ cup of Black Pepper
  • 1 tbsp of Canola Oil

Steakhouse Butter:

  • 1 cup of Butter softened
  • 1.5 tbsp of Parsley chopped
  • 4 Garlic Cloves minced
  • 1 tsp of Red Chili Flakes
  • 1 tsp of Scallions chopped
  • 1 Lemon zested & juiced


  • About 3-4 hours before cooking, lather your tomahawk steaks with oil. In a bowl, mix the garlic salt & black pepper. Thoroughly season the steaks and place in the fridge to set until you are ready to grill.
  • While steaks are resting in the fridge, mix the steakhouse butter ingredients together. Roll into a log using parchment paper or plastic wrap. Place in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Using Cowboy Charcoal, fill two chimneys full of coals, light and let preheat for your grill for medium-high heat (350F).
  • Once the coals are white hot, blow off any loose ash and lay the tomahawk steaks down. Sear both sides for only 1-2 minutes until they are starting to brown.
  • Once they are seared, pull the steaks off and spritz the coals with a little water to lower the temperature to a medium heat (about 325F). Lay the steaks back down.
  • Cook over this lower heat, flipping & moving around on the coals every 5 minutes, for about 20 minutes until the internal temperature reads 120F for medium rare. Add a little additional seasoning to any bare spots on the steak.
  • Once the steaks are done, slice the butter into sections. Pull the steaks off, top with 1-2 butter sections per steak and rest for 10-12 minutes.
  • For serving, slice into them and enjoy!


Calories: 724kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 66g | Saturated Fat: 37g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 22g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 191mg | Sodium: 7510mg | Potassium: 583mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1802IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 108mg | Iron: 4mg