New Traeger

Discussion in 'Beef' started by myturn, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. myturn

    myturn Newbie

    My guy and I just became the proud owners of a Traeger grill. We are planning on doing a couple of rib-eye steaks tomorrow for his birthday. We tried a couple of strip loins when we first got it and I have to admit I was a little disappointed. Having said that, I realize it is an oven and not a grill per se. I am thinking that with the rib steaks, the extra fat might make a difference. Does anyone have suggestions or comments on the best cooking routine, marinade, etc.? They would be most appreciated.
  2. bigbear

    bigbear Smoke Blower

    Maybe it was an American rib eye!! Just kidding! Congrats on your new grill. I use a Traeger and don't claim to be an expert but many users have been disappointed with steaks. A Traeger at max temp is only good to about 400, maybe 450 degrees F. Frankly, IMHO, that isn't hot enough to cook a good steak. You would be much happier using a small Weber for grilling and your Traeger for "Low and Slow" cooking. Or even baking. Anything under 400 degrees F.

    I know lots of people do steaks on their Traeger but I'm not one of them. Fat content or marinading won't make a lot of difference if the grill isn't hot enough. I made some rib eyes (marinaded) I bought at Costco recently and the concensus was they were the best steaks we'd ever had. But I did them on a Weber. I'd be happy to share the recipe if you send me a note on my private messages.

    Good luck!
  3. jbchoice1

    jbchoice1 Smoking Fanatic

    jump on over into roll call and introduce yourself. maybe also check out the grilling threads. you'll find some good stuff there.
  4. cwb124

    cwb124 Newbie

    Definately wouldn't do single serve steaks on a traeger. It's just not what it is built for. A 15lb prime rib on the other hand...well the traeger would make a masterpiece out of that!

    A $20 portable propane grill would be better for steaks than a Traeger.

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