Being a streak lover, I wanted to show other red meat fans how to grill steaks on a Traeger Grill.
I usually prepare steaks a day in advance with rubs and seasonings. This gets flavors deep into the meat. Then about an hour or so before grilling, I'll pull the covered meat out of the refrigerator and let it warm up a little for more even heating later.
The process for starting a Traeger Grill for grilling steaks is quite simple.
1. Make sure you have pellets in the pellet box and plug the Traeger in. Electricity is needed for starter rod and the pellet feeder.
2. Set the temperature dial to the lowest smoke setting, leaving the lid open.
3. Within about 5 minutes, you should see white smoke. This means the pellets catching fire.
4. Close the lid and turn the heating dial to high.
5. Wait for temperatures to get up into the high range, about 450 degrees or so. This could take 10-15 minutes. Take a look at the step by step video on how I grill steaks on my Traeger Grill...
After a few experiments, I've settled on a rough grilling formula: 6 minutes per side on high for steaks of at least 1" thick. This should give you a medium steak. For more rare steaks, either drop the temperature 1 notch or reduce the time a bit. Because of so many variables, your results may vary and you'll want to tweak your grilling time and temperatures to your preference. I saw a video of someone who smoked their steak on the lowest smoke setting for about 30 minutes before grilling on high. That may have worked for him, but when I did that, it came out over cooked. So, I skip any low-smoke temps for steaks and just grill on high. Again, experiment to find what works best for you.
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In the video above, I used very inexpensive cuts of meat from Walmart and they turned out great. Better cuts of mean turn out even better.
Here's my Traeger Grill Review: I really like it. I like having the option to smoke meat or grill it in the same unit. The Traeger is great for a few steaks on the grill, BBG ribs, chicken or fish and will keep going as long as it has pellets and a little electricity for those times when you want to smoke a large brisket low and slow all night. Wood fired pizza too!