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Grill Tips: Perfect Your Ribeye Steak

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Chefs David Bancroft and Kevin Nashan prepare the perfect ribeye on the grill.

With so many social events taking place in the backyard due to the pandemic, the grill is likely getting lots of use.

So anything worth doing is worth doing right. When it comes to grilling your next ribeye steak, take a cue from world class chefs who are all turning up the heat.

“All my chef buddies are cooking on high, intense heat, getting their cast-irons blistering and getting their grills ripping hot to keep everything from sticking and to get that super-fast char,” said former Iron Chef Showdownwinner, David Bancroft. “The chef’s secret is to really push that boundary on temperature and finding confidence there.”

As host of the new Exmark Original series Prime Cuts, Bancroft spends a lot of time talking to some of the world’s best grill chefs. In a recent episode, he teamed up with the 2017 James Beard Award winner, Best Chef Midwest, Chef Kevin Nashan to show viewers how to prepare the perfect ribeye steak.

Nashan shared his secrets for ribeye success: he likes to use the heart of the ribeye over a really hot grill, adding a little oil “as an insurance policy,” for a little sear, and then finishing it off in the oven.

He accompanies his cut with a little grilled Napa cabbage, pickled mustard seeds, mustard jus made from the trim of the meat, tater tots and sauce gribiche.

“No one thinks to grill cabbage, but cabbage can stand up to the heat of the grill, plus it has a little horseradish nature to it, and of course ribeye and horseradish go hand-in-hand,” said Nashan.

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As you heat up the grill, stoke the fire and throw on a prime cut, Bancroft encourages you to do so with confidence.

“The common trend here with all the chefs cooking in the backyard is getting confident with your cooking vessels,” said Bancroft. “Know what your temperatures are, know your hot spots, know your cold spots and get confident.”

From ribeye to fish, with a few pointers and the right attitude, you can nail your next feast on the grill. —  StatePoint

Grilled Ribeye & Cabbage

To start, trim the ribeye and season it with a little salt. (Nashan says he prefers using a heart/center cut for this recipe.)

♦ Once your grill—or Big Green Egg—is ripping hot, apply cooking oil to the grate before placing the ribeye on it. This, explains Nashan, helps prevent the steak from sticking to the grill.

♦ As the ribeye cooks, prep the cabbage leaves by applying a coat of grape seed oil and salt to them. (Nashan prefers Napa cabbage for its grilling durability, and grape seed oil for the neutral flavor it gives the cabbage.)

♦ Place your cabbage leaves on the grill alongside the ribeye. Nashan emphasizes the importance a super-hot grill plays in quickly charring the cabbage before it becomes mushy.

♦ Beyond this ribeye dish, Bancroft notes the “high-heat” trend he’s seeing many other chefs adopting. Ripping-hot grills and cooking vessels, he says, prevent sticking, and enable certain ingredients to be charred quickly. Nashan adds that identifying specific grill areas best for cooking, resting, and removing items will help you better navigate cooking the entire meal.

♦ Once the cabbage is properly charred, remove it from the grill. Allow the ribeye to continue cooking until the desired temperature has been reached.

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