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More Ribeyes, Fewer Problems

July 7, 2014

Rochelle Bilow, photo by Francesco Tonelli  

If you’re going to pay top dollar for your steak, you’re going to want to be extra sure to treat it right. With a prime cut like a dry-aged, bone-in rib eye, we’re talking super simple. This cut has plenty of great flavor, thanks to some beautiful marbling, so you can forget about crazy marinades and rubs: All you need is salt, pepper, and a really hot grill. Plus, Bon Appétit editor-in-chief Adam Rapoport has one really genius tip for getting maximum char and crust—check out the video to get all the details.

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  • 1 1 1/2’-2’ bone-in rib eye (about 2 pounds)
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • Coarse sea salt

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Put steak on a wire rack set on a rimmed baking sheet. Pat dry with paper towels. Season with 1/2 tsp. salt pers side. Chill uncovered for up to 3 hours. Remove steak from refrigerator 1 hour before grilling and let come to room temperature. Pat dry with paper towels. Season again with 1/2 tsp. salt; press in 1/2 tsp. pepper per side so pieces adhere.

Build a two-zone fire in a charcoal grill for direct (medium-high coals) and indirect (medium-low coals) heat. Alternatively, heat a gas grill to high just before cooking, leaving one burner on low. Sear steak over direct heat, flipping once, until nicely charred, 3-4 minutes per side. (If a flare-up occurs, use tongs to gently slide the steak to a cooler part of the grill.) Move steak to indirect heat and continue grilling, flipping once, 3-4 minutes per side. Using tongs, lift steak and sear both edges (the bone side and the fat-cap side) for 1-2 minutes per side to render out some of the fat. Grill steak to desired temperature, 14-18 minutes total or until an instant-read thermometer registers 120° for rare (steak will carry over to 125°, or medium-rare, as it rests).

Transfer steak to a carving board; let rest for 10 minutes. Slice across the grain, season with coarse sea salt, and serve.

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