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Dry Brining Ribeye Steak

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  • Troubador
    Club Member
    • Oct 2015
    • 5

    Dry Brining Ribeye Steak

    What is the process (steps) of Dry Brining- Alpha to Omega, please? Having a steak outing on Saturday with 4- 2inch Ribeye's and want to impress with a meal from the grill.
  • HouseHomey
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    • May 2016
    • 5310
    • Huntington Beach, Ca. Surf City USA.
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      Erik S.

    Huntington Beach welcomes you. 1/2 tsp of salt per lbs of meat. Put it uncovered on a rack overnight.

    done deal.

    (don’t ell anyone but I use more salt, you shouldn’t though)


    • tbob4
      tbob4 commented
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      I won't tell - I do, too.

    • HouseHomey
      HouseHomey commented
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      Yes what she 👇 said. Kosher salt.

    • jfmorris
      jfmorris commented
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      That would be kosher salt at those amounts. If using finer grained salt such as sea salt, use 1/4 teaspoon per pound...
  • IowaGirl
    Club Member
    • Dec 2018
    • 643
    • Northeast Iowa, USA

    Yep, what he said. Although I use kosher salt, not table salt, at 1/2 tsp per pound of meat. Table salt is around 1/4 tsp per pound -- it's denser than kosher. After trying the recommended rate, adjust to taste.

    If you end up dry brining the steak for a day or so, not to worry. It will be fine.



    • Rocinante
      Club Member
      • Dec 2019
      • 117
      • Knoxville, TN

      I eyeball the kosher salt, but 1/2 tsp for a good sized steak sounds right. I also will rub in some fresh ground black pepper as well. On a rack with out any cover.


      • texastweeter
        Club Member
        • Jul 2017
        • 2899
        • Republic of Texas

        I have two CAB prime ribeye and a skirt steak dry brining in the fridge in celebration of March 14th right now. I will be out on business the 14th so the wife wants to celebrate it tomorrow. She is cooking a steak breakfast, steak dinner, and has reservations for lunch at Dakota's Chop House. Salt that bad boy up with kosher salt, set on a wire rack in a baking sheet, and put in fridge uncovered for 6-24 hours. That's it.


        • fzxdoc
          fzxdoc commented
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          What? No Pi, er, Pie?


        • texastweeter
          texastweeter commented
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          fzxdoc Key lime pie for dessert creamed spinach, sauteed mushrooms, and German potatoes are all on the dinner menu. And of course that "other" part of the holiday.
      • RonB
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        • Apr 2016
        • 12871
        • Near Richmond VA
        • Weber Performer Deluxe
          Pizza insert
          Smokenator 1000
          Cookshack Smokette Elite
          2 Thermapens
          lots of probes.

        Welcome to The Pit. I have nothing more to add the the great advice you have already gotten.


        • Nate
          Banned Former Member
          • Apr 2015
          • 3808
          • Quarantined

          Welcome to the pit!

          There are so many Salt Bae gifs I would love to leave here..... but basically every one above has said what needs to be said.... enjoy!
          Last edited by Nate; March 13, 2020, 03:38 AM.


          • texastweeter
            texastweeter commented
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            Can't stand that guy
        • DavidNorcross
          Club Member
          • Nov 2017
          • 1630
          • Virginia
          • Rec Tec RT-680
            Coleman RoadTrip LXX
            Javelin Pro Duo
            More Cast Iron than I care to admit

          Welcome from Virginia! Everything that has been said up to this point is spot on as always. This is a great group and you have come to the right place for advice.


          • HawkerXP
            Club Member
            • Jul 2016
            • 5680
            • Virginia
            • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
              Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
              Slo n Sear
              Cold beer

            As above and fresh cracked pepper before hitting the grill.


            • TripleB
              Club Member
              • May 2017
              • 747
              • La Crescenta
              • Jambo Backyard Smoker
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                BBQ Guru ATC
                Favorite Beer: Peroni
                Favorite Sports Teams: Rams, Dodgers, Kings, UCLA Bruins

              In addition to dry brining as described above, I’ve really come to enjoy applying “Big Bad Beef Rub” (with a little cumin....another pit jockey recommended that) before putting it on the grill. Great flavor and helps to develop a nice crust.



              • jfmorris
                Club Member
                • Nov 2017
                • 3104
                • Huntsville, Alabama
                • Jim Morris

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                Troubador I will throw my 2 cents into the ring by pointing you at the wisdom of Meathead :


                I follow his guideline of 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt per pound of meat - or since I have a shaker opening on my kosher salt, just give it a nice coat on each side, without measuring at times. I also dry brine with the steaks on a rack in a pan, so that they have air on both sides, versus just laying them on a plate. You can sure tell that the steaks have a nice deeper red color after the salt has done its magic for 4-5 hours or overnight. I usually salt them at lunch for dinner, and lately, add a rub right before hitting the grill, where I do a reverse sear technique (cook on indirect heat to 120ish, then sear over high direct heat until it reaches the desired doneness).

                Also, I know conventional wisdom says not to use a rub with salt on it if you dry brined the meat, but I use either Montreal Steak or Jess Pryless' Hardcore Carnivore Black on my steaks, both of which contain salt, and have never had anyone complain about the steaks being over salted.

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                • IowaGirl
                  IowaGirl commented
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                  I usually measure, because I tend to over-salt if I do it by eye. If I get the measuring spoons out and use 'em, I do pretty good.

                • PaulstheRibList
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                  Very pretty!
              • Troubador
                Club Member
                • Oct 2015
                • 5

                Thanks Everyone- an additional question on the process. Do you remove some of the salt prior to cooking or add any more?


                • jfmorris
                  jfmorris commented
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                  No, the salt pretty much dissolves and penetrates the meat. I add a dry rub just prior to cooking. Don't add additional salt unless its just part of the rub you want to use.
              • Troubador
                Club Member
                • Oct 2015
                • 5

                Thanks to all for your assistance on Dry Brining- especially JFMorris


                • jfmorris
                  jfmorris commented
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                  That’s what we’re here for! Don’t be a stranger.
              • RichieB
                Club Member
                • Apr 2018
                • 1473
                • Western Mass

                Welcome from Western Massachusetts.




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