Using a simple homemade dry rub with a few common spices, these grilled T-bone steaks have an amazing flavor and are very tender!
T-bone steaks are one of the easiest meats to cook on the grill and there is no need to marinate them before cooking. We use a simple dry rub made with just a few spices including rosemary and garlic.
Have you ever had grilled T-bone steaks before? Maybe you had one in a restaurant or maybe you made them at home. If you have never had one, you are in for a treat when you make these!
What makes T-bone steaks so great?
They are a very easy steak to make and they will just about melt in your mouth they are so tender! You do not need to marinate them to be tender, I actually recommend that you never marinate them. They cook better with a dry rub. Marinades often can change the textures of the meats - not something you want here.
They are one of my favorite steaks along with NY strip steaks - another easy recipe. Strip steaks are boneless so there is no bone to fight with and they are also very tender, but the bone in the t-bone steaks adds to the flavor!
The hardest part about cooking T-bone steaks to me is the waiting until it gets to my plate. I use a dry rub, no oil or anything. No pounding the meat down, no poking holes in the meat or any of the extra steps you take to make a perfect steak out of a lower priced cut of meat.
Perfect steak every time!
T-bone vs porterhouse steaks
You have probably heard both names before many times. They both come from the same section of the cow (the short loin) so they are very close to the same cut. Both are amazing pieces of steak too!
The difference here is the how big the tenderloin side is on the steak. When looking at either steak - the bigger side is the strip steak and the smaller side is the tenderloin.
The tenderloin side is bigger on a porterhouse then it is on a T-bone.
You can use this recipe for a porterhouse as well! It is one of the easiest t-bone steak recipes that can be used for both cuts.
Prepping with the dry rub
First take your steaks out of the fridge and place on a platter or even a cutting board. Whatever you will use to bring them out to the grill on.
Mix your dry rub ingredients together in a small bowl:
- minced onion
- garlic powder
- Italian seasoning
Sprinkle the rub onto both sides of each steak and rub it gently onto the meat. This is a quick step but ensures that the rub stays on the steak instead of falling off when you flip it over.
Let them sit out just like this for about 20-25 minutes before putting them on a well heated grill.
What temperature should I grill steaks at?
You want to heat your grill to 400-450 degrees Fahrenheit. Grilled -Tbone steaks should be cooked at a higher temperature. You will get a perfect sear on both sides of the steak without overcooking the inside.
If you cook on a lower heat, you won't get the same level of doneness inside your steak. It will still be edible (please do not toss them), but they will get overcooked on the inside before you see these sear marks.
How long do you cook T-bone steak on the grill?
Steaks are easy to cook but you do have to follow times with a timer or at least be sure to keep an eye on your watch.
You should invest in a good grilling thermometer to be sure your meats are done to the right temperature - if you are grilling very often then one like this thermometer is well worth it! It has a feature of letting you know about how many minutes and you can check it from your smart phone. But if you are not going to be doing be cuts of meats, you can use a simple meat thermometer.
We have a Weber grill with the iGrill 3 - a thermometer that has it's own place on the grill and you can keep the probe in the meat while using your app on the phone to check the temperature. This also is amazing, but not required. Something to think about if you are looking to upgrade your grill tho!
For how long you cook them depends on how you like your steak. First you will cook them on the well preheated grill for 5 minutes and then flip. Below is the times after the flip for your desired level of doneness of your grilled T-bone steak.
Rare - cook 3 minutes until the internal temperature is around 120-125.
Medium rare - cook for 4 minutes until the internal temperature is around 130-135
For medium - cook for 5 minutes until the internal temperature is around 140-145
Medium well - cook for 6 minutes until the internal temperature is around 145-150
Well done - cook for 7 minutes until the internal temperature is around 155-160
Always let the steaks rest 5-10 minutes before serving - this allows the juices to sink back into the meat so it is tender and flavorful. You want the juices back in the meat, not on your plate!
Frequently asked questions
Yes put the lid down on the grill when cooking the steaks to ensure you get an evenly cooked steak.
Yes absolutely! I sometimes do this and when I do it is right after flipping them. The butter cooks into the steaks in the last half of the cook time. You can also put the butter on them as you are taking them off the grill.
Another way to add it is to serve with melted butter so you can pour it on at the table.
Yes it is definitely recommended. You do not need to let them sit out longer then 20-25 minutes. This will help them to cook evenly so the middle is not cold with a burned outside.
Do not let them sit out longer then 25 minutes, they are not a thick 5 pound cut of roast - which would require a little longer. They do not need to be room temperature, just not very cold on the inside.
Yes you can use fresh chopped garlic instead of garlic powder, but I find that using garlic powder spreads the flavor across the whole steak better. With T-bone steak recipes you are not cooking the steaks very long so fresh garlic does not spread the flavor across the whole steak as well as mixing garlic powder with other spices.
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As a note:
Our grilled T-bone steaks were about an inch thick. Cooking times will vary slightly based on the thickness and your grill.
Perfectly Grilled T-bone Steaks
- 3 t-bone steaks or more as needed
- 1 tsp dried mined onion
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp rosemary dried
- ¼ tsp paprika
- 1 tsp Italian seasoning
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper ground
- Mix all the dry rub ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Place the t-bone steaks on a platter or cutting board and sprinkle the dry rub on both sides of the steaks. Rub it in a little so it stays on the meat.Let the steaks sit out for 20-25 minutes.
- Heat up your gas grill on high and then turn it down to medium before adding steaks. See notes
- Please refer to notes about this and cooking times:Place the steaks on the grill and close the lid. Cook for 5 minutes then flip.
- Cook for 3 to 7 minutes depending on level of desired doneness. Check temperature with a meat thermometer - grills may vary slightly along with cook times.rare- 3 minutes (about 120°F internal temp), medium rare - 4 minutes (about 130°F), medium - 5 minutes (about 140°F), medium well - 6 minutes (about 145°F) and well done - 7 minutes (about 160°F)
- Allow the steaks to rest off of the grill for about 5-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!