A rib eye steak is one of the most flavorful cuts of beef. Cooking the perfect rib eye can be done easily even by a novice griller with a few important tips.
The most important tip is to buy the best rib eye steak you can afford. Prime grade steaks are the best, choice cuts are the middle grade and select are the lower grade. Most prime meat is sold to restaurants but a good butcher will be able to get some for you. If prime cut rib eyes are not available then get a nicely marbled choice cut. A steak that is at least one inch thick works best on the grill.
Take the steak out of the fridge about an hour before grilling so that they come to room temperature. If you decide to trim the steak then leave some fat on to make for a juicier steak. Season the steak but keep it simple. A good cut of meat needs only a brush of oil and a sprinkling of sea salt and pepper.
Get the grill ready. Be sure the coals are glowing and there is not actual fire. Brush some oil on the grill grate or rub some of the steak fat on it that you trimmed from the steak. Put the steak on the grill and let it cook for a few minutes, turn it over and let it continue to cook until it is done the way you like it. You can use a meat thermometer but it will put a hole in the steak. Better to learn to tell by touching the meat to see how firm it is. Do not cut into the meat to test for doneness. Always err on the side of undercooking as overcooking a steak can make it dry and tough.
One way to test for doneness is the hand test. Simply touch your index finger to the pad of your palm underneath your thumb. This is the feel of a raw steak. Now put your thumb together with your first finger and touch the same area. This is the feel of a rare steak. Touch your middle finger to your thumb for medium rare, your ring finger for medium and your pinky for well done (overcooked). After a couple of times you will know by a quick touch how done the steak is.
Once the meat is done take it off of the grill and let it rest for 5 to 10 minutes depending on the thickness. This allows the juices to redistribute in the meat. Just waiting a few minutes is one of the secrets to a juicy steak.
A well-cooked rib eye is one of the easiest things to learn to make on your grill. It also has to be one of the most satisfying meals you can make.