How Long to Cook a Rib Eye on the Grill


A rib eye steak is a real treat, but it can be tricky to cook if you don’t know how. I’ll walk you through the steps and show you how easy it is to make an awesome rib eye on the grill.

Step 1: Set up your barbecue.

  • Make sure you have a barbecue with a lid, as it will help to retain the heat and keep your grill from getting too hot.
  • You can use charcoal briquettes or wood as fuel for your barbecue, but it’s important to make sure that they are not soaked in water before you start cooking on them, otherwise they won’t burn properly and may cause flare-ups when exposed to open flame (and possibly even start a fire).
  • Use an oven thermometer so that you can monitor the temperature inside the grill while it’s heating up; this will prevent overcooking if there is any confusion about how long meat needs to cook at different temperatures

Step 2: Preheat the grill.

Preheat the grill to medium-high. In order to cook your steak properly, you’ll need to make sure that it’s hot enough. The ideal temperature for a rib eye would be somewhere between 450 degrees and 500 degrees Fahrenheit (232 degrees Celsius). If your grill doesn’t have a thermometer built into it already, consider buying one so that you can closely monitor how hot it is getting.

Clean off any grease or food particles from the cooking surface before preheating it for best results–you don’t want those flavors getting onto your steak! Don’t start cooking until after you’ve cleaned off all dirt and grime from inside the hood as well; if there’s anything stuck on there now, let us assure that this will only burn onto one side of our delicious meat while leaving its other side untouched by fire (which means they won’t taste good). Finally: do not use an undersized grill when preparing this meal–it will take longer than normal due to its small size!

Step 3: Season the meat.


Now that the meat is seasoned and ready to go, it’s time to get cooking! The first step for cooking a rib eye on the grill is preheating your gas or charcoal grill with all burners set to high. Once this has been done, place your meat on top of direct heat (if using charcoal) or over indirect heat (if using gas).

After about ten minutes have passed, turn off one side of your grill completely and then move all of your steaks over there so they can cook evenly throughout their entire time on the grill. Make sure not to flip them until after another five minutes have gone by; this allows each side ample time to brown nicely without drying out its interior too much before flipping again during final preparation stages later on down below!

Step 4: Sear each side of the steak.

While the steak is resting, heat a large cast iron skillet over high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil, then place the steaks in it and cook for about a minute per side (this will depend on how thick your steak is).

Use tongs to turn them over so that each side gets seared, but don’t move them around too much or press down on them with a spatula or anything else–you want those edges nice and crispy!

Step 5: Move the steak to indirect heat.

Once the steak is cooked to your liking, move it to indirect heat. This will allow for even cooking and prevent burning. A meat thermometer should be inserted into the center of the steak; if you want a good crust, cook in a cast iron skillet instead of on an open grill (which will cause flare-ups).

A rib eye steak is best cooked over direct heat at a medium temperature for about 10-12 minutes per side for medium rare, about 15-18 minutes for medium, and 20 minutes for well done.

A rib eye steak is best cooked over direct heat at a medium temperature for about 10-12 minutes per side for medium rare, about 15-18 minutes for medium, and 20 minutes for well done.

  • For direct cooking: Preheat the grill to 350 degrees F (175 C). Place the steak on the grill and cook it until it reaches your desired doneness (see chart below). Remove from heat and let rest 5 minutes before serving.
  • For indirect cooking: Sear both sides of your meat in a cast iron skillet or heavy duty pan on high heat until browned; then move them off center onto a foil lined baking sheet covered with aluminum foil so that no part of them touches any flames from underneath or coals above; this will allow them to finish cooking without burning while still keeping all those juices inside


We hope that this article has helped you to understand how long it takes to grill a rib eye steak. If you’re still unsure about anything, we recommend checking out our other articles on the topic or getting in touch with us directly!

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