Chile Rubbed Rib Eyes


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Chile Rubbed Rib Eyes

Prep time: 15 minutes, plus 45 minutes for the compound butter to chill
Grilling time: 8 to 11 minutes
Special equipment: Gourmet BBQ System™ Sear Grate
Serves: 4


5   tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1   medium shallot, minced
2   tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
1   tablespoon grated fresh lime zest
½   teaspoon coarse salt
¼   teaspoon ground chipotle pepper

1   tablespoon light brown sugar
2   teaspoons pure ancho chile powder
1½   teaspoons granulated garlic
1   teaspoon cumin
1   teaspoon prepared chili powder
1   teaspoon onion powder
½   teaspoon ground coriander
1½   teaspoons coarse salt
½   teaspoon ground black pepper

4   rib eye steaks, about 1 inch thick, trimmed
Olive oil

Note: Compound butters, the happy result of mixing some of your favorite ingredients into softened butter, are a great way to add a note of bright flavor to grilled meats, especially steaks. You can make compound butters, wrap them in plastic wrap, and keep them in the freezer for up to 6 months.

1.  Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot and cook until slightly softened, about 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a small bowl and cool 5 minutes. Add the remaining 4 tablespoons softened butter, cilantro, lime zest, salt, and chipotle pepper to the bowl with the shallots. Blend thoroughly with the back of a spoon, until uniform. Transfer mixture to a sheet of plastic wrap, shaping the butter into a small cylinder in the center. Twist the ends to make a more compact cylinder about 3½ inches long. Transfer to the refrigerator until ready to use; 45 minutes or longer.

2.  Remove the circular Gourmet BBQ System™ grate insert, and prepare the grill for direct grilling over high heat (450°F to 500°F). Insert the sear grate and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes.

3.  Combine the sugar, ancho chili, chili powder, onion powder, coriander, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Pat the steaks dry. Lightly coat both sides of each steak with oil and evenly season the spice mixture. Let steaks stand at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes.

4.  Place steaks on the sear grate and grill over direct medium-high heat, with the lid closed, 6 to 8 minutes, turning once. Slide the steaks to the surrounding cooking grate over indirect heat and grill 2 to 3 minutes longer for medium-rare or until desired doneness. Remove steaks from the grill and let rest 2 to 3 minutes before serving.

5.  Remove the cilantro-lime butter from the refrigerator. Cut into 8 slices. Top each steak with 1 to 2 slices of the butter, reserving any extra butter for another use.

© 2016 Weber-Stephen Products LLC. Recipe from The Weber® Summit™ Charcoal Grill Cookbook. Used with permission.