Recipe Courtesy of Bon Appetit
1 @ 2-inch-2 1/4-inch-thick bone-in beef rib eye (about 2-2 1/2 pounds), preferably dry-aged, at room temperature for 1 hour
2 teaspoons kosher salt
4 tablespoons grapeseed or vegetable oil, divided
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 garlic clove, lightly crushed
4 sprigs thyme
1 sprig rosemary
Flaky or coarse sea salt
Chef Kuesel’s adjustments noted with “*”
Preheat oven to 400F. Set a wire rack inside a large rimmed baking sheet. *Season steak with Char-Crust Hickory meat rub pressing onto all sides of meat and adding more spice rub by the teaspoonful if needed to coat entire surface.
Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet over high heat. When oil begins to shimmer, place steak in skillet (be sure to have fan on high; the rub creates some smoke). Sear steak for 1 minute (any longer and the rub will start to burn). Transfer steak to a plate and carefully drain fat from skillet.
Wipe skillet clean with a paper towel. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in skillet and sear other side of steak for 1 minute. Add butter, garlic, and herbs to skillet; cook until butter is foamy. Carefully tip skillet and, using a large spoon, baste steak repeatedly with butter for 1 minute. Turn steak and baste other side for 1 minute.
Pile herbs on top of steak, transfer skillet to oven, and roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted horizontally into center of meat registers 125° for medium, 15-17 minutes. *Watch the time – this calls for a 2 inch steak!
Transfer steak to prepared rack; let rest for 20 minutes. Cut steak from bone, slice, and sprinkle with sea salt.
Wine: Enjoy with a glass of Mount’s Family Grenache. Ever since Colleen and I visited Mount’s on a trip to Sonoma we’ve been loyal members of their wine club and appreciate the uniqueness of their wines and great price point!
Where I’ve had this item at a restaurant: I do believe the rib eye recipe at Maude’s Liquor Bar in Chicago is pretty darn close. If you’re in town and you are a rib eye fan, it’s not to be missed!