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Quick after-work Smoke & Sear: Rib Steaks & a lil' q-view

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I posted this mainly for the newer members who may not have seen it done this way yet...I've done loads of meat this way, and there's nothing better for smaller pieces when you're in a pinch for time. Heck, it's so good, I make excuses to cook this way...why grill when you can smoke & grill?

I could't resist the cold smoke & sear wife brought home 15 Ribeyes lastnight on sale for $3.99/lb, regularly they are around $9.00 or so. These averaged 1.5lbs/ea. She said I can do my pulled pork for Labor Day if I do her up some good steaks tonight for dinner. And, it's one thing that she can handle eating is a good steak, or almost anything I smoke.

So, I went for my tried & true coffee can mod for the charcoal kettle. We really like the flavor of charcoal fired cooking much better than gas...I haven't used my gas grill for about 5 months.

If you would like info on the can mod, I have it posted here (this is about a 10-minute mod, zero cost):

For anyone who has not tried this method of cooking yet, trust don't know what you're missing, and it is not a long smoke. About 2 hours and you're eating.

90 minutes into the cold smoke (115-120* rack temp) with charcoal fired Hickory, I got another chimney with 1.5 lbs of briqs going for the finishing sear.

Here's a peek just before the sear...the darker red ones toward the rear are Cajun and Crushed Red Pepper and the rest are Lemon-Pepper:

About 10-15 minutes into searing:
I added 2 more Lemon-Pepper steaks that wouldn't fit for the smoke...huge steaks here...time for another charcoal kettle? (this is a 22.5")

My Cajun Ribeye, Med/Rare...I just love 'em that way!:

Not very much effort, but I think they taste better than any steak-house can put out!

Thanks for lookin'!

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They look really good, I think a good steak is hard to beat no matter how it is done as long as it isn't overcooked...PDT_Armataz_01_34.gif
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Nice looking steak Eric.PDT_Armataz_01_37.gif
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You got me droolin' I'm gonna have to go get steaks for supper.
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Very nice looking steaks there Eric. I too like mine alittle on the rare side so great job again
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