Grilled Tomahawk Ribeye

Nope, that’s not a lamb chop in your butcher’s meat case. It’s a tomahawk ribeye steak and it’s out-of-this-world amazing.

Butchers create tomahawk ribeye from regular ribeyes by trimming the steaks so several inches of rib bone extends past the meat. You’ll appreciate the presentation. You’ll also appreciate how easy it is to whip up a satisfying meal with this simple tomahawk steak recipe.

When an ordinary beef steak cut won’t do, ask for a tomahawk instead. It’ll add more visual sizzle to your next pitmaster party.


  • 1 two-inch-thick Tomahawk Ribeye Steak
  • Kosher Salt, to taste
  • Ground Black Pepper, to taste


  • Take the steak out of the frig and let stand at room temperature for one hour
  • Generously season both sides with salt and pepper
  • Grills for 8-10 minutes on each side for medium rare
  • Let rest for fifteen minutes
  • ENJOY!!!

Why a Room Temperature Ribeye?

You’ll notice that one of the first directions we suggest is to take your ribeye out of the fridge and let it warm up for an hour. This isn’t just a matter of taste. It serves several functions:

  • The meat can cook evenly: Have you ever slapped a steak on the grill all cold? The outside might have gotten charred, while the inside stayed a bright pink. When your meat is all one temperature, you don’t have that problem.
  • The juices get the opportunity to flow: As you might imagine, chilling your steak makes it a little tougher. It also causes the juices to stop dripping, and that’s not what you want when you’re learning how to grill tomahawk steak on a smoker. Instead, you want the meat to be nice and juicy as soon as you introduce it to the heat.

Just make sure that you stick to the one-hour window to stay well within food safety parameters.

Sides to Serve With Grilled Tomahawk Ribeye

If you’re a meat lover, you probably could dive into your freshly grilled tomahawk steak without wondering what else to eat. But most people like to prepare a few side dishes to accompany this fan favorite.

Some great recommendations include:

  • Salads: You can put the ribeye on top or alongside fresh greens, herbs and more.
  • Potato recipes: Who doesn’t appreciate the old “meat and potatoes” marriage? Anything from a hearty potato salad to a grilled sweet potato would fit nicely with your 2-inch ribeye.
  • Grilled veggies: Want to go light? Create specialty kebabs and grill them up while your ribeye is resting.
  • Homemade bread: Bread and meat is a tried and true classic. Bonus points if you bake it in your smoker!

Get clever with your tomahawk ribeye partners. Your hungry guests will appreciate your innovation as they devour your latest winner from the grill.


Referenced Products

Meat Thermometer

2/3 Griddle for Primate

Grilla Grills
558 E. 64th Street
Holland, MI 49423
Phone: 616-392-7410