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Easy Methods for Cooking Steak on a Pellet Grill

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My favorite protein to cook and eat is by far steak, I just simply love a nicely seasoned and seared steak. One way to infuse a steak with even more flavor is by cooking the steak on a pellet grill.

In this article, we will guide you through the process of cooking the perfect steak on a pellet grill, from preparation to serving. So, let’s fire up those grills and get cooking!

Grilling a Steak On a Pellet Grill – The Works

Cooking a steak on a pellet grill is, in my humble opinion, a truly delectable method for preparing a mouthwatering, wood-fired flavored steak. Throughout my decade-long culinary journey experimenting with various grilling techniques, I have consistently found that cooking a steak on a pellet grill yields unparalleled flavor and simplicity.

The infusion of subtle smokiness from the wood pellets and an ok sear on the outside is simply unbeatable. I enjoy adding a touch of butter during the resting period and garnishing with fresh rosemary for an extra plating show.

Choose the Right Cut of Steak

The first step in grilling a perfect steak is selecting the right cut. Each cut of steak has its own unique characteristics and flavor profiles, so choose one that suits your preferences. Popular choices for grilling include ribeye, New York strip, and filet mignon.

Preparing the Steak

To ensure a tender and flavorful steak, proper preparation is essential. Start by taking the steak out of the refrigerator and allowing it to come to room temperature for about 30 minutes. This will help the steak cook evenly.

While the steak is resting, it’s a good time to preheat your pellet grill to the desired temperature. Pellet grills offer the convenience of precise temperature control, making it easier to achieve the perfect level of doneness for your steak.

Seasoning the Steak

Seasoning a steak is key to enhancing the natural flavors of the meat. You can opt for a basic flavor profile using salt and pepper, or try REAL bold flavor using our steak seasoning Gypsy. Ensure that the seasoning is evenly distributed on both sides of the steak, allowing it to penetrate and enhance the flavors.

Reverse seared steak

How to Grill a Steak on Your Pellet Grill

Now comes the exciting part – grilling the steak on your pellet grill! When grilling steaks in pellet grills I like to use the reverse sear method for two reasons. First, pellet grills burn wood pellets which can and will infuse that nice wood-fired flavor into the steak.

Second, most pellet grills will not get above 400 degrees F to do a nice sear and cook the meat quickly, so let’s slow it down and infuse more flavor.

When it comes to cooking a delicious steak, is key to achieving the perfect level of doneness. For a juicy and flavorful medium-rare steak, you’ll want to aim for an internal temperature of around 135°F (57°C). However, it’s important to note that cooking times and temperatures can vary depending on the thickness of the steak, your grill, and your personal cooking style.

  • To cook the steak, place on the grill grates at about 275 degrees until the steak reaches 125 degrees, then remove the steak from the grill. You are reverse searing the steak so this step will take some time.
  • Remove the steak and preheat the pellet grill to 400 to 500 degrees. If your pellet grill can reach higher temperatures, try not to exceed 600 degrees.
  • Place the steak back on the grill to achieve a nice sear. You only need to sear each side for 3 to 4 minutes.

To ensure that your steak is cooked to perfection, it’s always a good idea to use a meat thermometer. This handy tool will help you monitor the internal temperature and prevent overcooking or undercooking. When inserting the thermometer, be sure to place it in the thickest part of the steak, avoiding contact with bone or fat.

Resting and Serving

Once your steak has reached the desired temperature, remove it from the grill and let it rest for about 5-10 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute within the meat, resulting in a tender and juicy steak.

When it’s time to serve, you can slice the steak and serve it as is, or pair it with your favorite sides like grilled vegetables or a baked potato. Don’t forget to garnish with fresh herbs for that final touch of flavor.


Cooking a steak on a pellet grill is a great way of adding that extra flavor that will impress your family and friends. By choosing the right cut, properly preparing and seasoning the steak, and mastering the grilling process, you’ll be well on your way to creating a steakhouse-quality meal right in your own backyard.

So, fire up your pellet grill, grab your favorite cut of steak, and get ready to enjoy a truly remarkable dining experience. Happy grilling!

Picture of Writen By: Hector

Writen By: Hector

Hector is the CEO and Founder of Stella On Fire Co. As a self-taught chef and entrepreneur at heart, he set out to create amazing seasonings and rub flavors everyone can enjoy. Hector is also our Food Safety and Protection Manager for Stella On Fire Co.

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