Pit Boss Steak

There is nothing like a perfectly cooked steak on a Pit Boss (just some simple salt and pepper is all it needs!) But perfecting the cook and serving the perfect smoked steak can take a bit of know-how.

Cooking steak to perfection is an art, especially when it’s done on a pellet grill, followed by a quick sear for those gorgeous grill marks and a delightful crispy char. Below I’ll guide you through the steps of expertly smoking this cut of meat.

Why You’ll Love This Steak Recipe

Want to know the more delicious way to cook a tasty steak? You need to try grilling a steak on a pellet grill, its the tastiest way of cooking a steak.

After years and and years of trying various grills, I still prefer the flavor and simplicity of cooking a steak on my grill It gives the ideal touch of smokiness and a nice sear on the outside. For a bit of decadence I like to add a bit of butter while they’re resting. This process is known as the revere sear. The reverse sear helps to create a delicious crusty outer layer that give its the similar result to grilling hot and fast.

What You Need for This Steak Recipe

  • Ribeye Steak or NY Strip
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Butter

How to Cook Steak on a Pellet Grill

Using a pellet grill gives you a couple of cooking options, you can either go hot and fast if you grill can reach high temps, or you can cook it low and slow, then reverse sear at the end.

1. Season The Steak and Preheat Your Grill

Set your grill to 225°F and pick out the wood your going to use. You can go for something a little heavier if you like, I like to use oak, cherry or pecan. If the the smoker is not smoking, check if the pellets are damp or the auger is jammed.

Then while you wait for it to head up you can prep your steaks. You can’t go past a good shop-bought steak rub to boost flavors. Or just using salt, pepper and garlic powder. Before you add the rub, give a light coat of olive oil.

2. Cooking Your Steak

Place the steak directly into the grill, insert your temperature probes and cook until they are around 10°F -15 °F lower than your desired temperature.

I have included a table below that will help you find the right temperature for the type of doneness you like.

3. Searing Your Steak

Next pull the steaks from the grill and crank up the temperature to 400°F- 450°F. If you prefer you can also do this in a cast iron pan. Once the grill reaches that temperature place the steaks on the grill and cook on each side for 2-4 minutes or until they reach your final desired temperature. The high heat helps in searing the exterior and rendering the fat.

4. Rest The Steak

Pull the steaks from the pellet grill and rest for at least 5-8 minutes. If want to add some decadents place 2 tbsps of butter on the steaks during the resting period.

Internal Temperature for Steak

It can be difficult to gauge when the steak is ready, especially when starting. The best way to know is to pick your level of doneness and use a digital meat thermometer to probe and check the internal temperature.

Doneness Before Searing (Internal Temperature)Final Temperature (Internal)
Rare120°F (49°C) 130°F (54°C)
Medium Rare130°F (54°C)140°F (60°C)
Medium140°F (60°C) 150°F (66°C)
Medium Well 150°F (66°C) 160°F (71°C)
Well Done160°F (71°C) 170°F (77°C)

Choosing the Right Steak

First things first, let’s talk about the best type of steak for the pellet grills. You can smoke any cut of beef, but the general rule of thumb is the thicker the better.

Aim for something greater than 1½ inches, anything thinner will dry out before you can get a decent amount of smoke flavor in.

Ribeye steaks, sirloin, New York strip, and T-bone steak are great on the grill. Just remember in bone meat also tends to release extra natural flavor.

But there are ways to improve a lower quality cut, like tenderizing the steak. Look for cuts of meat with a little bit of connective tissue and natural fat marbling, these will break down during the cooking process and give you nice juicy steaks.

Want to Marinate Your Steak?

Easy Marinade Recipe

  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey optional
  • 1.5 tsp sea or kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 6 cloves garlic peeled and smashed

Combine all ingredients in a clip seal bag or container.

Place meat in and coat with the mix. Marinate the meat for at least one hour, and no longer than 24 hours.

How Long To Cook Steak on a Pellet Grill

It takes around 60 minutes to cook a steak on a pellet grill at 225°F. This also includes the time it takes to sear your steaks However, this depends on the cut, thickness, and doneness you desire. After the 15-minute mark, begin checking the internal temperature with a meat probe.

See the table above for timings and internal temperature for different degrees of doneness.

What is the Reverse Sear Technique?

Reverse searing is a process to get a crusty, crunchy exterior on the steak.Cook the steak to 5-10°F below the ideal temperature, and let it rest for a few moments.

Turn the grill up as high as possible, place steaks back on the hottest section of the grill grates. Sear for 2-3 minutes on each side. Keep an eye on them to prevent them from burning.

See the full guide to reverse searing steak here.

Wood Pellet Recommendations for Steak

For a sweeter, milder flavor go for pecan, apple, maple, or cherry wood pellets. If you are wanting a stronger, bolder flavor try a mesquite, oak, or hickory wood chip.

I recommend filling up your hopper before you cook, so you don’t run out of pellet mid-cook.

Have You Tried Salt Block Grilling?

You can also reserve sear your steak on a salt block, this gives it a delicious savory flavor.

Got a NY Strip Steak?

Want to smoke a NY strip steak?

Follow my recipe below;

NY Strip Steak On A Pellet Grill 

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Pit Boss Grilled Steak

Want to cook your steak on a Pit Boss to perfection? We use the reverse sear method as it helps to get a crusty, crunchy exterior on the steak. But first the steak is seasoned with a flavorful steak seasoning and smoked for 60 minutes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 562kcal
Author: Charlie
Cost: 18

Equipment

  • 1 Pitboss Grill

Ingredients

  • 2 whole steaks
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 pieces steak
  • 2 tsp butter

Instructions

  • Set your grill to 225°F and pick out the wood your going to use. You can go for something a little heavier if you like, I like to use oak, cherry or pecan.
  • Then while you wait for it to head up you can prep your steaks. You can’t go past a good shop-bought steak rub to boost flavors. Or just using salt, pepper and garlic powder. Before you add the rub, give a light coat of olive oil.
  • Place the steak directly into the grill, insert your temperature probes and cook until they are around 10°F -15 °F lower than your desired temperature. I have included a table below that will help you find the right temperature for the type of doneness you like.
  • Next pull the steaks from the grill and crank up the temperature to 400°F- 450°F. Once the grill reaches that temperature place the steaks on the grill and cook on each side for 2-4 minutes or until they reach your final desired temperature. The high heat helps in searing the exterior and rendering the fat.
  • Pull the steaks from the pellet grill and rest for at least 5-8 minutes. If want to add some decadents place 2 tbsps of butter on the steaks during the resting period.

How do you like your steak cooked?

Smoke On!

Charlie

Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I have been meat-smoking and grilling for the past 15 years. I have an array of different smokers, thermometers, and have a love for finding the right wood and charcoal combo My favourite recipes are my EXTRA CRISPY smoked pork belly, juicy pulled pork, smoked brisket, duck poppers, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill).

I loves sharing his tips with beginners, helping them navigate the world of smoking. I find it’s not just about cooking; it’s a quest for that perfect smoky flavor.

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling recipes with you!

You can read more about me on our About Us page.

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  1. 5 stars
    Recently picked up strips steaks and really wanted to try smoking them! I gave your recipe a go over the weekend and the steaks came out delicious! I also used a homemade steak rub which was awesome too! thanks for the recipe!

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