How to Cook the Perfect Reverse Seared Steak on a Kamado Joe

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Are you a steak lover looking to take your grilling skills to the next level? If so, it's time to discover the art of reverse searing. Reverse searing is a cooking technique that involves slow-cooking the steak first, followed by a high-temperature sear. This method ensures a tender and evenly cooked steak with a delicious crust. And what better way to achieve this than using the versatile Kamado Joe grill?

Reserve Sear Steak on BBQ

In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to cook the perfect reverse seared steak on a Kamado Joe.

How long does it take to reverse sear a steak on a Kamado Joe?

Reverse searing requires a bit of patience, but the results are well worth it. The cooking time will depend on the thickness of your steak and the desired level of doneness. As a general guideline, plan for about 45 minutes to 1 hour of cooking time. Remember, precision is key when it comes to achieving the perfect steak, so use a meat thermometer to monitor the internal temperature.

What temperature should you use to reverse sear a steak on a Kamado Joe?

Maintaining the right temperature is crucial for reverse searing. Preheat your Kamado Joe to a low and indirect heat of around 225°F (107°C). This low temperature allows for gentle cooking, ensuring that the steak cooks evenly from edge to center. Consider using Kamado Joe lump charcoal for its excellent heat retention and flavor-enhancing properties.

How do you sear a steak on a Kamado grill?

Once your steak reaches the desired internal temperature (typically around 10-15°F below your target doneness temperature), it's time to sear. Open the vents on your Kamado Joe to maximize airflow and increase the temperature to high heat, around 500-600°F (260-315°C). This searing process will create a beautiful crust on the steak, sealing in the juices and adding a mouthwatering charred flavor.

What is the best grill temperature for reverse searing a steak?

To achieve the perfect reverse seared steak, you'll want to follow a two-zone cooking method. Start by setting up your Kamado Joe for indirect cooking. Place a heat deflector or plate setter on one side of the grill and your lump charcoal on the other side. This arrangement allows for indirect heat circulation around the steak, ensuring even cooking. Aim for a grill temperature of around 225°F (107°C) for slow-cooking the steak.


Congratulations! You've mastered the art of cooking the perfect reverse seared steak on a Kamado Joe. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you'll be able to achieve a tender, juicy steak with a flavourful crust that will impress your family and friends. Remember, the Kamado Joe grill, with its excellent heat control and versatility, is the ideal tool for this cooking technique. So fire up your Kamado Joe, grab your favourite cut of steak, and get ready to enjoy a culinary masterpiece.

Don't forget to check out these products for an enhanced grilling experience:

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