Last week, I scored two giant prime bone in ribeyes from Double R Ranch & Snake River Farms
, a Brethren vendor. I was strongly encouraged to try this cut, as itís one of their most popular items, and I was assured I would not be disappointed. I was somewhat hesitant though, as ribeyes have grown out of favor with me, due to their high fat content in the middle of the cut.
Here they are in packaging, shortly after they arrived:
I put a large tape measure near them so you get an idea of how big they really are! The smaller one went in the deep freeze, while the bigger one was chosen for cooking on Saturday. Besides the rich marbling, I noticed the chops did not have nearly as much fat in the middle as Iíve seen from many other ribeyes, so Iím glad I took the advice of the customer service rep at Double R Ranch.
Here it is on the day of the cook out of the package:
To prep the meat, I gave the giant chop a very generous rubdown with Cattlemanís Grill Original Cowboy Coffee Steak seasoning. I had tried this rub once before, and I have to say, itís REALLY good. The rub is only available at All Things BBQ
, also another Brethren vendor.
I had originally planned to do the whole cook on the Kamado, but after further reflection, I decided to use two cookers. Why? Due to the enormous size and thickness of the meat, I wanted it to cook as evenly as possible, so I basically did a reverse sear, starting with the Kingsford Oval, and finishing up with a lightening sear on the kamado using LOTS of lump.
On the Oval:
Turned it over after about 15 minutes:
Now on the kamado:
The temp was so hot I couldnít hold my hand closer than 16 inches above the grate, which is exactly what I was looking for. The chop got about 2 minutes per side. The internal temp was a solid 120 degrees when I pulled it off, which is just perfect for us.
While the meat rested, the table was set:
Letís look closer:
I have to say, this was one of the absolute best ribeyes Iíve ever eaten. The meat was very flavorful and rich with plenty of nice marbling, and the coffee rub caramelized beautifully so the outer part of the meat had a nice crispy char, but not burnt texture. The reason there is no pic of the meat after I cut into it is because I couldn't stop eating after the first bite.
Thanks for checking out the big meat!