How To Reverse Sear a Steak On Grill

This is one of the most sought-after methods of reverse searing a steak on a grill. We are sure that you are wondering what the process is going to entail. Well, we are exactly here for that purpose. We are going to tell you what you need to do to reverse sear a steak and then enjoy it with your friends and family! Take a look.

What Do You Need?

There are a few things that you need to collect before we start with the process. This is going to be important in this reverse searing so we suggest that you pay good attention to it. Do not miss any item out only to later realize that you messed up. 

  • Cooking rack.

  • Baking sheet.

  • Foil.

  • Thermometer probe.

  • Thermometer pen.

  • Tongs.

  • Oven mitts.

  • Cast iron skillet (optional)

These are the items that you need to collect.

How To Reverse Sear a Steak?

There are steps to follow when you want to reverse sear a steak on a grill. We have made it as simple as we possibly could. Take a look. 

Step 1: Take your baking sheet and place a cooling rack on the baking sheet so that hot air can pass underneath. The steak should be placed on it.

Step 2: You need to season your steak with salt, pepper, and some great smoking oil.

Step 3: Set your grill for two-zone cooking and preheat the grill to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the cookie sheet on the cooler side and close the lid of the grill. Let the grill get cooked. The internal temperature should reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove it and let it rest for 15 minutes. 

Step 4: Now preheat your grill again at 550 to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. This temperature can take some time to reach. Place your steak on the direct flame. 

Step 5: Then you need to keep flipping the steak every minute or so. This should be done until the steak is done to the level you want. Remove the steak when you are done and let it rest for a while before slicing it up. 

Frequently Asked Questions

There are some questions about reverse searing that a lot of people are curious about. We are here to answer all of them. It can be a huge mystery to someone who has never done it before and they might have a few queries. It is okay to ask questions and we are here to answer you. 

1) What is the reverse sear method?

The reverse sear method is a kind of cooking method that is generally done on grills. This method makes use of two zones. The two-zone grilling is done by direct and indirect cooking of the steak. Many people have said that the reverse searing technique is similar to baking. This might be true to an extent. 

2) Which steak cuts can I use for reverse searing?

You can use any steak cut for reverse searing but the recommended one is a thick cut. You can reverse sear a thinner cut if you want but it is a long process so the steak may become too tough. The thinner steaks are much easier to directly sear instead of reverse searing. We do not want to ruin the taste of the steak. This is better to work on with 1-inch steaks. You can ask your local butcher for it or go get the specific cuts from the market. Make sure that they are fresh. 

3) How long does it take to reverse sear a steak on a grill? 

It depends on the temperature of the grill. The thickness of the steak is also an important factor to consider when you are reverse searing a steak. If it is thicker then it is going to take more time. The general rule of the thumb is that it can take 30 to 60 minutes for cooking the steak. It can take longer or lesser than the time because of the factors that are affecting your grill and its temperature. 

4) Can I reverse sear without a grill?

The answer is yes! You can reverse sear on a stove top too. You do not necessarily need a grill to reverse sear your steak. Yes, granted that it is a preferred means but that does not mean that you can not do it anywhere else. You can also reverse sear in an oven if you want. It is a good method to use when you do not have a grill. Why give up on delicious food when you have other ways of cooking it. 

5) Why reverse sear a steak?

The answer may vary from one person to another. We would say that this is mainly done for temperature accuracy. This allows you to cook a lot of steak at the same time too so if you are cooking for the family then you can have that ease of cooking. The reverse sear method helps you slowly bring up the temperature of the steak and cooks it to perfection. 


We hope that you found it easy to follow the directions of the cooking method. We tried our very best to make sure that you are comfortable with the language that we are using. We explained everything in layman's terms and hope that you understood it. We do not want you to mess up your good food. The best thing to do is to read the instructions more than one time so that you understand them properly and if you forget something then you can check back.

We hope that you will enjoy the reverse searing technique of making steak and you will be using it again too. If you can master this technique then you can impress a lot of people and also improve your cooking skill. We hope that you have a wonderful day. Have a great time cooking and try to take care of yourself!