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cowboy steak

How to Cook Cowboy Steaks on the Grill – The Reverse Sear!

Since I first saw them hit the meat counter at my local butcher I have been wanting to grill and taste the Cowboy Steak!

I have cooked steak dozens of times and have a perfect formula for cooking a traditional filet based on time and temperature, but this steak is different, it is HUGE!. So the goal is a perfect steak, but how do you achieve a perfect steak with meat that is nearly two inches thick? The answer is called the “Reverse Sear”!

Basically a reverse sear is where you slow cook meat for a period of time to cook it evenly inside and out without losing flavor. The trick on the reverse sear is that once you have slow cooked the meet for about an hour at a low temperature of around 200-250 degrees, you need to sear the steak for 2-3 minutes at a high temperature of about 450-500 degrees to lock in the flavor and finish the meat. This is a challenge for many grillers because most grills do not allow you to have two temperature zones on the grill. The solution to this dilemma is the Kamado Joe ceramic grill!

The Kamado Joe ceramic grill is equipped with a system that allows you to use an indirect heat plate on half of your grill while allowing you to apply direct heat for searing on the other half of your grill. I have been using a Kamado Joe Classic II for over a year now, i sold my Big Green Egg to get it, and it is far and away the best ceramic grill I have ever used….no wait, it is the best grill I have ever used! When i cooked this cowboy steak I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t cook it correctly, it is an expensive piece of meat, but I should have known that the Kamado Joe grill would be doing most of the work! Check out my video on how to do a reverse sear on the Kamado Joe ceramic grill, and look below for my recipe to make it taste great!


  • Kamado Joe Grill
  • Olive Oil
  • Black Pepper
  • Kosher Salt

Seasoning Instructions:

  • Let the meat sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes
  • Coat both sides of the cowboy steak in olive oil, or whatever oil you prefer
  • Sprinkle both sides of the meat with black pepper
  • Generously apply Kosher salt to both sides of the meat
  • Once it is seasoned, let the meat sit at room temperature for about 30-40 minutes

Grilling Instructions:

  • Preheat the grill to 250 degrees
  • Place a heat deflector on one side of the grill and raise the grate to the highest setting, this will be used for slow cooking
  • Place the other grill grate on the lower setting, this will be used for searing
  • Place the seasoned steaks on the grill side that has the heat deflector, let is cook for 25 minutes, then flip and let it cook for another 25 min on the side with the heat deflector. Total slow cook time is 50 minutes
  • About 5 minutes prior to slow cooking is done open all the vents, lower and upper, on the grill to make it really hot. Then flip the cowboy steak onto the searing side of the grill, the lower grill grate without the heat deflector, and let it sear for 2-3 minutes, then flip it and let it sear the other side for 2-3 minutes

Total cook time for this cowboy steak is 56 minutes, 50 minutes at the slow cooking temperature of 250 degrees, and the remaining 6 minutes at searing temperature of 450 degrees.

Cooking this steak was really fun and it was really cool to use the dual zone feature of the Kamado Joe Classic II. If you are in the market for a versatile kamado style charcoal grill that will never rust and consistently deliver outstanding results i recommend the Kamado Joe grills from Second Elm. The product is outstanding and the service at Second Elm is even better!

Cousin Eddie

Top 10 Things to do Over the Holidays!

We asked and you answered! During our Yeti Hopper Giveaway in the month of December we asked you about your favorite things to do over the holidays. We were moved by your responses and we wanted to share them with the world! So, if you are wondering what to do this holiday season, whether you are looking to use some time or start some traditions of your own please consider these Top 10 Things to Do:

  1. Watch classic movies with family and friends. Some of my favorite holiday movies include Christmas Vacation, The Santa Claus, A Christmas Story, and who can forget everyone’s favorite Christmas classic Die Hard (It’s a Christmas movie!)Drink Egg Nog
  2. Catch-up with friends and family over drinks. Some of the most popular holiday drinks are the ones you can only drink this time of year like Egg Nog, Hot Cocoa, and for those looking to survive the office Christmas party there is the effective cinnamon spicy Fireball.
  3. Shop at Local Stores! This is one of my favorites. All of my Christmas shopping this year has been completed at local stores and the only thing that exceeds my expectation of the products and deals is the level of customer service you get at local stores and restaurants. Shop Local, shop often!
  4. Drive around and look at Christmas lights! You can cruise in the various neighborhoods, the downtown squares, or if you want to take a more tactical approach you can follow some handles on Instagram to get an idea of where the best lighting spectacles are in your town. In any case, it is cheap and beautiful to watch the lights!
  5. Give presents to Family and Friends. The saying is correct, “It is much better to Give than to Receive”. I am not why it works like that, but there is a certain amount of joy i feel when giving someone a gift, whether it is something I have made, something I have purchased or even if it is just a Christmas card with warming sentiment.
  6. Eat good food with Family and Friends! This is my favorite thing to do any time of the year, but especially during the holiday season. I especially like cooking on my Kamado Joe Classic II and trying new recipes, sweet or savory. If you use the best tools to cook your food, you will get the best results and nothing beats a Kamado Joe Grill!
  7. Enjoy the Time Off! Relax, Watch football bowl games, catch-up with friends and family or just catch some ZZzz on the couch. In any case whether you have a few hours off work, or a few days, take the time to do what you want and enjoy life!
  8. Christmas LightsSleep-in or Wake-up late! This is something most people with children strive to do almost every weekend, but while you are around grandparents, aunts and uncles, let them spend time with your kids. It is the giving time of year after all.
  9. Watch a movie at the Theater! This is one of my personal favorites because it is the one time of the year when everything slows down just long enough for me to escape into the world of George Lucas or Steven Spielberg and soak in all the theater has to offer. Just remember to be friendly and kind to the people at the theater, they are spending time away from their family and friends to make sure you are having a happy holiday at the theater!
  10. Go “Back to the Future” , crack open those old photo albums and look at photos from prior years and prior Christmases. You will laugh, you will cry, you will wonder why you ever wore those pajamas, shirts and hats!

Regardless of what you do this holiday season, the people at Second Elm hope you have a wonderful holiday full of all of the things you look forward to. There is enough joy for everyone and you have brought joy to us this year! Merry Christmas!

Kamado joe

Low-Carb Breakfast Casserole – Eating Good Tastes Awesome when you Cook on the Grill

Eating foods that are low-carb can be good for a number of reasons, but the one thing i know is that eating low-carb is simple of the recipes are easy and the food tastes great!

It is difficult to describe how something tastes, but I figured if I can show you how easy it is to make some of my recipes then you can make them for yourself and experience the awesome taste! The recipe I am going to walk through has a lot of flavor and because it is a casserole you can easily add your own spices and flavors to bring out the best elements of the ingredients.

To make my Low-Carb Breakfast Casserole you will need the following ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon of Salt (I prefer Kosher salt)
  • 1 lb of Sausage (I prefer the Jimmy Dean Regular)
  • 12 Large Eggs
  • 1 Large Bag of Cheese (I prefer Sharp Cheddar)
  • 3 Bell Peppers
  • 1 White Onion
  • 1 Disposable Aluminum Pan

I typically prepare my casserole the night before I make it because I like to just heat up the grill and get to cooking in the morning!

The construction of this casserole begins with cooking the sausage. I typically brown the sausage in a skillet on the stove but if you want to cook this entire recipe on the grill it will just taste that much better! Once you have cooked the sausage, you will need to cut up the bell peppers, the onion, and you will need to mix the eggs. When I am mixing the eggs I add in 1 tablespoon of salt because eggs will take on whatever flavor you add to them.

Once all the ingredients are ready, pour them into the disposable aluminum pan one-by-one (I use a disposable aluminum pan because it makes clean-up that much easier). It does not really matter what order you pour them in, because you are going to mix them all together in the end! Once the eggs, sausage, bell peppers and onions are all in the pan, pour 1/2 of the bag of cheese into the casserole and mix it in with the other ingredients. Once everything is mixed together pour the remaining 1/2 bag of cheese onto the top of the casserole to create a layer of cheesy awesomeness on the top.

Pre-heat the grill to about 400 degrees and once the grill is at the right temperature place the casserole onto the grill. I use a Kamado Joe Classic II charcoal grill because it is easy to use and everything i cook on it tastes great! The casserole will need to cook for about 50 minutes to cook all the way through. After 50 minutes have passed, open the lid to the grill, pull the casserole off and set it somewhere to cool for about 5 minutes. Slice it up and you are ready to eat!

I love this recipe because it can feed a family of three or an army of people you have in town to celebrate the birthday of your cousin’s nephew! It tastes great, it’s good for you and when you receive compliments on your culinary expertise you will be glad you have this recipe in your arsenal.