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  • Top | #1

    Why not sear steaks first?

    I apologize if this question has been previously answered 5,000 time (I did read the existing info on free site, etc.).

    When grilling a thick beef steak, what is the drawback to initially searing it and then moving it to lower indirect heat? Seems that working in that order would allow the steak’s internal temp to be more readily monitored. Thanks!

  • Top | #2
    The main advantage is that if you slow cook first, the surface is dry and your sear is faster so the sear affects the internal temperature even less. The front sear takes longer because of evaporating moisture before you get the Malliard reaction. This can create an over cooked layer under the crust.


    • hoovarmin
      hoovarmin commented
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      Well said

  • Top | #3
    Not sure why any cooking approach would impact your ability to properly monitor the internal temp. The reverse sear approach generally results in a better sear and a smaller gray band of overcooked meat between the medium rare (or whatever) center and the surface of the meat


    • Top | #4
      If it's at all on the thin side I'll front sear. Like these elk steaks from last night were tiny. There was no way I was going to reverse sear these. If it's thick I'll usually reverse sear. Either way works fine though. Do what works for you.

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      • mstruth
        mstruth commented
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        That looks awfully tasty regardless of how you prepared it!

      • ofelles
        ofelles commented
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        You've gone and made me hungry damn it. That looks so good.

      • Murdy
        Murdy commented
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        mmmmmmmmm, Elk, haven't had Elk for a few years.

    • Top | #5
      Watched Michael Symon test an idea that someone sent to him, searing a frozen steak in a screaming hot iron skillet. I know that to some freezing a steak is sacrilege and I don't plan to get into that debate, however I did try the same thing but using my weber smokey joe and a full load of charcoal. Let the charcoal get to max temp (with bottom and top vents wide open) before putting on a 1.25 inch CAB ribeye that I had frozen just for this test. Turned out wonderful, for me. I say "for me" because I like my steak extremely rare (some call it blue) and it is hard to get a steak that rare and still get a decent crust on the outside.


      • mstruth
        mstruth commented
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        KenC52 Oddly enough tonight I was reading about grilling semi-frozen and dry-brined thin pork chops so they don’t overcook before picking up color and sear.

      • mstruth
        mstruth commented
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        KenC52 Also, by chance are you a cowboy action shooter - i.e., your profile pic?

      • KenC52
        KenC52 commented
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        Not Cowboy Action Shooter, but I do own several lever action rifles and single action revolvers. Pic was taken in Hot Springs Ark. while on our honeymoon

    • Top | #6
      I've switched a couple years ago to doing exactly what you're asking. It's called front sear. It's my method of choice for steaks & burgers. I sear to whatever level pleases me then slow cook indirectly up to my target temp. I personally feel I have better control over the final temp instead of zooming past it during a reverse sear.


      • hoovarmin
        hoovarmin commented
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        Dude you just rocked my world. I thought I had it all figured out.

      • jfmorris
        jfmorris commented
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        I've had my last couple of reverse sear "cold grate" method steaks come out well done, when I was shooting for medium rare, all during the sear step. It was still tender as it was prime beef, but I will have to try the front sear next time.

      • Old Glory
        Old Glory commented
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        You are making me think. Stop it. It hurts. I always worry about shooting past temp. Especially if my searing coals are not as hot as they should be and it takes a bit longer to get a crust.

    • Top | #7
      My wife hers so rare that I wound not have time to reverse sear. So I don't do mine either. Don't notice a gray edge on my rare to med. rare steak. We usually only do ribeyes.


      • Top | #8
        I always front sear, and my wife sez I am now making the best steaks ever. I flip every minute after an overnight and uncovered dry brine. I don't take the steaks out of the refrigerator until the grill is hot.

        Reverse searing leads to greater carry over cooking than a front sear. That makes it harder to hit your target temp - well, at least for me. The temp rise during the hot n fast portion is much quicker, so I do that first while the steak is still cold so it will have less effect on the inside of the meat.

        AT least that's my story and I'm stickin' to it...


        • Top | #9
          Side note: The beauty of this place is you can ask a question that's been asked 5001 times and no one get's their pantaloons in a bunch. We'll just answer your question. Or say something silly so no apology neccessary.

          P.s. now I have front sear my frozen steaks.


          • HawkerXP
            HawkerXP commented
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            Exactly, you front sear. I reverse sear. Somebody else doesn't sear at all. All good!

          • holehogg
            holehogg commented
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            See you guys are taking this very SEARIously

          • new2smoking
            new2smoking commented
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            Ok, holehogg. Just had to get a Dad joke in there! Hah!
            Last edited by new2smoking; August 11th, 2019, 09:40 PM. Reason: Misspelled hole hog

        • Top | #10
          Front vs reverse depends on the meat thickness for me. I do thin stuff front and thick stuff reverse. (Admittedly, the cuts I front sear only get seared.) Most pro-reverse guides tend to state the technique requires thick cuts.

          I’m actually surprised to see a lot of regulars preferring front searing. I’ve never had an issue with carryover when reversing. I tend to let the meat rest before the sear though. A lot of videos show people getting the coals heated before the steaks come to temp. I take some of the hot coals from the slow cook to start the fire for the hot stuff so I don’t start my fire till I take the steaks out of the cooker.

          This brings me to another point, it’s easier to start a cook at a lower temperature and switch to inferno in my opinion. If you’re using one cooker and running charcoal, reverse is very convenient. This is probably more of a driving factor than anything else.

          Cold, wet meat takes on smoke better. So if you’re smoking during the slow stage, in my experience, reverse picks up smoke flavoring better. This is, by far, my favorite way to do a steak.

          I also sous-vide a lot which pretty much requires reverse searing if you want a crust.

          Time to rest before searing and how long you sear in front vs reverse will also affect things differently. I typically only sear 2 minutes on each side flipping every minute. By the time the meat is heated and patted dry, it won’t take much to finish it.
          Last edited by binarypaladin; August 10th, 2019, 08:13 PM.


          • Henrik
            Henrik commented
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            What he said. The wait/hold before searing is crucial in my opinion. I call it “wait for the dip” (1 deg down in temp). When that happens I know the steak is ready to sear.

          • binarypaladin
            binarypaladin commented
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            Nice to hear a kind of hard rule to fall back on. I've never really measured. It's nice to pull the steaks off and know I have time to finish the potatoes and veggies or whatever. (Or wait for late guests, lol.) I'm not even overly strict with my sear times. It's about a minute per side, but I'll add 30 seconds here or there until I like the look of the crust.

            I absolutely love cold grate + reverse sear.

        • Top | #11
          When my wife cooks steak up to about and inch and a half thick she sears in a cast iron skillet and then finishes in the oven. They turn out fantastic. Anything larger and we go for reverse sear.


          • mstruth
            mstruth commented
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            Same with my wife - small splash of olive oil in the pan, simmers fresh cut thyme and rosemary in the pan, removes the stems and proceeds as you describe.

        • Top | #12
          I have found front searing seems to be what everyone in our family likes best. Not to say a reverse sear isn't great also but we seem to prefer the front sear best. Plus it seems to fit my equipment better also. I like using my 26" weber. I'll buy 4-2"+ thick ribeyes, fill a chimney 3/4 full and get it going as hot as I can. Then set a grate directly on the chimney, then sear each steak one at a time. Once all the steaks are seared on all sides I dump the coals in my slow n sear with a few extra unlit coals and a chunk of wood. Now is when i season the meat so it doesn't burn. Then set the steaks on the indirect side and let them go until 125-130 internal.


          • Top | #13
            I front sear on weekdays. I used to do a front sear, oven cook and if I had better kitchen ventilation, that’d probably be my winter steak method.


            • Top | #14
              Front sear.....never heard this term before, but this the way I always grill my steaks, Tri-Tip, prime rib. As mentioned by others, I feel I have better control. Especially with TT. Get the caramelization I want ( on the front end), then move it over to finish indirect. I’ve never done a reverse sear.


              • Top | #15
                I've been reverse searing (thick)steaks with mostly fine results,but now I'll try front sear on my next steak night.