By Montana Grant

Posted: June 13, 2021

Steak and Cast Iron are a perfect partnership. The flavor and char from a seared steak, on cast iron, is unsurpassed. Cast Iron is easy to clean and can be used for everything from cooking to smacking a bear. Old Dan Tucker even “Combed his hair in a frying pan!”

Here is a superb steak recipe to try!


Try using 3 Rib Eye, or your favorite steaks. (Wild game is best when cooked less than beef.)

Make a marinate using equal parts red wine and olive oil. Sprinkle with Montreal Steak seasoning. Use a glass dish or a zip bag and allow the meat to marinate for up to a week or so. Marinate at least a few hours. You can also use the puncture style tenderizer to create holes for the juice to soak in.

If you have a Smoker Grill, like a Traeger pellet grill, smoke the meat for an hour. When you turn the steaks, dip them back in the marinate for a fresh coating. If you are using a propane grill, make a small foil pack and fill with some wet wood chips or pellets. Put the grill on low and allow the smoke to add flavor.

Place a stick of butter into the Cast Iron pan and place on the grill. Heat the grill to 500 degrees. Now place the steaks into the grill. Close the grill lid and allow the magic to happen for 2 minutes. Now, flip the steak and cook for 5 minutes more. The meat thermometer should read 120 degrees, for medium rare. Honestly, anything more is overcooked. This technique also works well on a hot campfire.

It is also a good technique to spoon the juices repeatedly over the frying steak. Hold onto the handle with a towel and tilt the pan to pool the juices. Then spoon away.

Transfer the steaks to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice the steak into strips when serving. Add some pan sauce/ juice over top. You can also make an onion or mushroom sauce, using the pan juices. If you enjoy Bleu Cheese, add some crumbles on top and allow them to melt. Another pad of butter won’t hurt either.

Being a Steak Master takes some practice. Different grills cook differently. Adjust and adapt. When I cook elk, deer, or game steaks, a couple minutes is all you need.

Cast Iron fry pans also make awesome Pineapple Upside Down cakes, on the grill or in a Cast Iron Dutch Oven. Just sayin!

Montana Grant

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