Competition Ribeye Steak Recipe

Competition Ribeye Steak Recipe

Winning a ribeye steak competition is an art form rather than an exact science - here's what you can learn from a master and decorated BBQ champion, so you can up your grilled steak game!

You Will Need

The Prep

Mix brisket mop and water in a bottle. Store in the cooler or refrigerator until you are at the contest.

Pick steaks with a large cap and minimal pieces of fat between the cap and the rest of the steak. Trim off tail, any fat, and silverskin. Tenderize with a jaccard or a fork. Shape the steaks to your desired form and secure using butcher twine. Make a couple loops around the steak and tie into a knot.

Shape the steaks to your desired form and secure using butcher twine. Make a couple loops around the steak and tie into a knot. 

When done, drain liquid. Season both sides with a medium coat of Cow Cover, medium coat of Dirty Bird Hot and a light coat of Texas Beef. Then rest in a cool location for 1 hour prior to cooking.

The Cook

Fire up the grill about 45 minutes before you start cooking. While it's heating up, melt a stick of butter into a small foil pan and mix in some of the rub.

When grill is up to 550-650ºF (288-343ºC), spray the grates as well as one side of the steak with duck fat spray. Place the steak, duck fat-side-down, on the grates. Gently put a steak weight on it.

Close the lid and cook for 1 minute and 15 seconds. Lift it, reapply duck fat to grates, and rotate by 40º to get diamond grill marks. Cook for another 1 minute and 15 seconds. 

Repeat for the other side, reapplying duck fat spray each time you rotate.

Pull the steak off at about 127ºF (53ºC). It will keep cooking in its juices up to 130-140ºF (55-60ºC), the perfect competition medium steak in SCA.

The Payoff

Immediately put steaks in a foil pan, and drizzle butter on top. Cover and rest for 10 minutes. Apply Himalayan salt over the top of the steak. 

Remove twine (don't forget this!) and put your steak in the turn-in box with the cap towards the bottom of the container. The judges will cut the steak in the middle of the steak parallel to the hinge of the box so arrange the steak accordingly.

Turn in your steak, sit back and enjoy!


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