Monday, May 1, 2017

Memorial Day Grilling Ideas - Ribeye Steak with Garlic Chile Compound Butter

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of Char-Broil; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

May is one of my favorite months for grilling. First, it is the National BBQ Month.  Second, it kicks off the "grilling season" for those folks that don't grill all year long.  Third, it has the second busiest grilling holiday of the year - Memorial Day.  Yep, May is the month when everyone embraces the outdoor lifestyle, cooking and entertaining in backyards across the country and I love that.

Char-Broil® just made outdoor entertaining a little easier for me by upgrading my Commercial TRU Infrared™ 3 burner grill with a 4 burner Commercial TRU Infrared™.  That's extra grilling real estate!

I have said before, the Char-Broil® Commercial grill one of the top 2 gas grills that I have ever used. My newer, bigger Commercial grill has everything I loved about the 3 burner version plus a few extras.

Char-Broil TRU Infrared Commercial Grill make juicier food because it cooks with infrared instead of hot air.
Parts removed to show the TRU Infrared™ system. Left is the burner with the heat shield moved aside. Middle is the infrared emitter.  Right is the full system of burner/emitter/grates.

The most important feature to me is the TRU Infrared™ system. I never enjoyed using a gas grill until I got the Commercial grill. TRU Infrared™ is the best featured of this grill because of the benefits.
  1. No flare ups - The emitters block the actual flames from touching your food. You could theoretically get enough grease on the emitter to catch fire, but I've never had that happen in 2 years of heavy grilling.  
  2. Up to 50% juicier food - The problem with most gas grills is they use mostly hot air (convective heat) which dries out the surface of meat.  This TRU Infrared™ system converts the burner's heat into infrared heat in a balance similar to real fire.
  3. Even heat - The emitters also balance out the delivery of the heat which minimizes hot spots. Even heat means even cooking and better fire.
  4. More efficient - The system is more efficient and uses less propane or natural gas than standard gas grills.  Remember, BTU is a measure of fuel consumption, not power output.

Char-Broil TRU Infrared Commercial Grill uses top ported burners for more precise flame control.
About those burners, they are top ported which gives more precise control of the flame over a wide range of temperatures.  Plus they have a 10 year warranty so you don't have to worry about them burning out after just a year or 2.  

#NowYoureCookin Char-Broil TRU Infrared Commercial Grill produces a better fire for better food
The Commercial comes with a dome mounted thermometer so you aren't having to guess at "medium high heat".

The grill grates are cast iron, which a lot of pros use to get even heat and great grill marks. I buy special aftermarket cast iron grates for my other brands of grills for that reason.  The down side is that cast iron rusts.  If you use and clean your grill regularly, that's not a problem. Again, every brand of cast iron grate that I have will rust if I leave it outside and don't maintain it. 

#NowYoureCookin Char-Broil TRU Infrared Commercial Grill Surefire technology makes sure your grill is ready to go when you are.
The one touch Surefire electric ignition has not failed on any of my Char-Broil® grills. The batteries have had to be replaced (single AA battery) but the igniter still clicks and fires every time.

#NowYoureCookin Char-Broil TRU Infrared Commercial Grill comes with a fuel gauge.
You don't have to spend $13-20 for a fuel gauge, the Commercial comes with one attached to the regulator.  This is also a dual fuel unit so you can follow the manufacturer's instructions to convert it to natural gas and connect directly to your home's supply - no more empty grill tanks!

#NowYoureCookin Char-Broil TRU Infrared Commercial Grill and Kamander kamado grill are my two favorites from their product lines.
The Commercial grill comes with plenty of shelf space, which makes it easier to have everything you need within reach. 

The 4 burner Commercial comes standard with a griddle plate attachment for the side burner and I absolutely love this.  It's great for toasting tortillas, frying bacon, caramelizing onions, or heck, even making pancakes.

The Char-Broil® Commercial grill is an excellent grill for the weekend warrior and it has all of the features you need to take the stress out of grilling for company and let's you focus on entertaining your guests. 

So for a no fuss, easy grill, let's make a no fuss, easy steak! Start with quality steaks, something USDA Choice or better, salt, pepper, and a simple butter topping that will impress your guests this Memorial Day.

#NowYoureCookin Char-Broil TRU Infrared Commercial Grill easy Memorial day rib eye steak recipe

Ribeye Steak with Garlic Chile Compound Butter

serves 4


  • 4 ribeye or strip steaks, 1" thick, boneless, left at room temperature for 1 hour
  • Kosher salt
  • coarse ground Malabar or Tellicherry black pepper 
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened by leaving out at room temperature for 1 hour
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons red pepper relish


  1. Preheat your grill to 450°f.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the butter, garlic, red pepper relish, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. 
  3. Season the steak on both sides with a liberal amount of salt and black pepper. The amount is up to your tastes but I do about 2 teaspoons each per steak.
  4. Grill the steaks until they are 127°f for medium rare, about 4 minutes per side.  For medium pull them at 137°f, about 5 minutes per side.
  5. Remove, immediately top with a spoonful of the compound butter, and let rest for 5 minutes on a resting rack while you set up the rest of the food.  

  • Red pepper relish is the type used by a lot of sub sandwich shops and you can often buy theirs or you can find several brands at grocery stores.

#NowYoureCookin Char-Broil TRU Infrared Commercial Grill Memorial Day ribeye steak recipe
It doesn't take a lot of ingredients to grill great food this Memorial Day.

#NowYoureCookin Char-Broil TRU Infrared Commercial Grill steak recipe for Memorial Day parties
This recipe works well with ribeye steaks or NY Strip steaks.

Another great thing about "grilling season" is you can get fresh corn!

#NowYoureCookin Char-Broil TRU Infrared Commercial Grill dual fuel grill
A lot of people roll the butter back into a log shape and refrigerate it.  I prefer to make it and keep it warm (assuming that you'll serve it within the hour) because it melts more easily.  Another trick is to smear it on the plate under the steak to deliver a little more WOW! factor.

Here are some other ideas for low stress, high reward recipes on the Char-Broil® TRU Infrared Commercial grill this summer when you are entertaining guests or cooking for family.

Simple pork chop recipe Memorial Day #NowYoureCookin Char-Broil TRU Infrared Commercial Grill
Mediterranean grilled, center cut pork chops - It's another big flavor but simple recipe that I'll post next Monday.  Short version is salt, pepper, Zatar seasoning (or other Mediterranean seasoning), grilled lemon juice and oil. 

#NowYoureCookin Char-Broil TRU Infrared Commercial Grill easy fajita recipe
Quick and easy fajitas with a 3 ingredient marinade. Did I mention that I adore that griddle plate attachment?  I'll post this recipe as well.

#NowYoureCookin Char-Broil TRU Infrared Commercial Grill burgers hotdogs for memorial day
Of course, you can never go wrong with the All American hot dogs and burgers!

If you want to start grilling but get intimidated by some of the more complex recipes and techniques that I do, I'm going to start adding in some more simple recipes. While a lot of my readers are advanced grill masters, about half of my new readers are more casual grillers looking for help.  Let me know what things you would like to make but are a bit nervous about.  

If you are intimidated by grilling itself, consider the Char-Broil Commercial.  It engineers out many of the pitfalls of grilling. It is honestly one of the first grills that I recommend to people that tell me they are going out to the big box stores this weekend to buy a new grill.