When it comes to steak, there’s nothing quite like a Smoked New York Steak, the best way to enjoy this cut of meat. Not only does the smoked flavour add an extra dimension of flavour, but it also helps to tenderize the meat, making it even more enjoyable. This recipe is guaranteed to turn even the most skeptical steak lover into a believer.
Smoked New York Steak
The New York Steak cut (also known as the New York Strip Steak) comes from the short beef loin cut of the cow. It’s not treated as a cheap beef cut but affordable. You can buy this cut of steak from almost any grocery store or your local butcher’s shop. The New York Steak has a strong taste and is typically soft and flavourful because it has more marbling than other cuts.
The key to this recipe is in the smoked flavour, which infuses the steak with a deep, rich flavour that is simply irresistible. If you’re looking for a recipe that will make your steak-loving friends drool, look no further than this Smoked New York Steak recipe.
When prepared and cooked well, steak can be one of the most decadent meals to enjoy with friends or family. It’s simple, easy to make, delicious, nutritious and can be paired with a huge variety of sides to elevate the dish.
How To Make Smoked New York Steak
Step 1: Prepare Your Smoker
No matter what style of smoker you’re using to make smoked New York steak, make sure you give it a good clean before you light it up. Not cleaning your smoker could cause unwanted flavours in your meat. Once it’s all clean, fire it up and get it stable at 225º F (107° C).
Step 2: Season Your Meat
Pat your steaks dry and brush with olive oil to help your seasonings stick better during the cooking process.
If you just want a simple seasoning, sprinkle salt, pepper, and garlic powder onto all sides of your steak and let it sit.
If you want more flavour in your steaks, apply a rub of your choice instead of salt, pepper, and garlic powder. We recommend using the BBQ Hero Beef Rub but the Espresso Brisket Rub and Brisket Rub work just as well too.
Step 3: Place Your Steaks In The Smoker
Place your steaks in the smoker, away from the direct heat. Ensure there is approximately 1/2 inch of space between the steaks so each one can be cooked thoroughly. Cover the smoker to ensure all of the smokey flavours can penetrate the meat.
Step 4: Smoke Your New York Steaks
How long you leave your steaks on the smoker will depend on how well-done you would like your steak to be cooked. If you’re hosting, make sure to ask your guests how they like theirs done so you can appease all taste buds.
Typically speaking, when your steaks reach the following temperatures in the centre of the meat, they’re ready:
Rare: 125° F (51° C) + 3 minutes of resting time
Medium rare: 130° F (54° C) to 135° F (57° C)
Medium: 135° F (57° C) to 140°F (60° C)
Medium well: 140° F (60° C) to 150° F (65° C)
Well done: 155° F+ (68° C)
Step 5: Remove Steaks To Rest
When your steaks are fully smoked to your desired doneness, remove them from the heat and place them on a plate to rest. Cover the plate with tin foil to protect your food and keep the heat inside.
Step 6: Increase The Heat
To add an extra texture to the outside of your steaks, you’ll want to sear them. This adds a crispy texture to the outside whilst adding a boost of incredible smokey flavour.
Whilst your steaks are resting, increase the temperature of the smoker to 500° F (260° C), or as hot as you can get it. If you have a sear plate on your smoker, feel free to use this as well.
Step 7: Sear Your Steaks
When you’re satisfied that your smoker is the hottest it could be, return your steaks back to the smoker one by one. After around 30 seconds, flip the steaks over in the same order you added them, allowing them 30 seconds for each side.
Step 8: Let Your Smoked New York Steak Rest
After you’ve seared your smoked steaks, place them back on a plate and cover them with tin foil. Let your steaks rest for 5-10 minutes while you finish preparing the rest of the meal. The tinfoil should keep in the heat whilst also allowing the flavours to soak through the meat now it’s away from the heat.
Step 9: Serve With Delicious Sides
Perhaps the most exciting part of preparing a meal is choosing the flavours that go well together. Luckily, the Smoked New York Steak pairs well with just about any side, but there are a few key favourites that we recommend.
Tips For Making The Best Smoked New York Steak
- Choose Your Chips. If you’re using a charcoal smoker, don’t forget to add your desired wood flavour before placing the steaks on the grill. Oak is recommended for this recipe.
- Sear. An important step you don’t want to skip, trust us.
More Smoked Steak Recipes
If you loved this recipe, make sure to check out our other smoked steak recipes. Try the Perfect Reverse Sear Steak Recipe, the Marinated Smoked Flank Steak Recipe, or the Amazing Smoked T-Bone Steak Recipe for your next cookout!
Smoked New York Steak Recipe
- Smoker Pellets
- Aluminum foil
- BBQ Grill Accessories (Tongs)
- Cast Iron Pan
- Preheat your smoker to 225° F (107° C).
- Brush steaks with olive oil and season with your choice of rub.
- Place the steaks in the smoker away from direct heat and cover. Make sure they’re spaced away from one another.
- Use a meat thermometer to see the internal temperature and remove meat from the smoker when the desired temp is reached. See the instructions below for a temperature guide.
- Once removed, place tinfoil over the steaks and allow them to rest for a few moments.
- Raise the heat of your smoker to 500° F (260° C) and allow it to heat up.
- Place your steaks back into the smoker for 30 seconds to sear each side.
- Remove the steaks from the heat and allow them to rest for 5 minutes.
- Pair steaks with your favorite sides and condiments and serve.
Smoked New York Steak FAQs
How Long Do You Smoke a New York Steak For?
Depending on the thickness of your New York Steak, it should take about 45-60 minutes to smoke. Add 5-10 minutes to rest and sear your steak afterward.
Do You Flip Steaks In a Smoker?
No, you don’t have to flip your steak when it’s smoking. Smoking your steak will cook all sides evenly. However, if you’re going to be searing your steak after you smoke it, you should flip your steak and sear all sides briefly.
Is Texture The Same When You Cook A Steak Rare Vs Well-Done?
No, the texture will change depending on how well-done you like your steak. The more thoroughly you cook your steak, the less tender and juicy it will be. Unless you have a specific taste for well-done steaks, we recommend cooking any steak to medium-rare to enjoy the full flavor and tenderness.
Are Smoked Steaks Any Good?
Smoked steaks are objectively incredible. If you love steaks generally, you will love steaks prepared on the smoker. The smokey flavor of the wood or charcoal gives your steak a unique flavor that you just don’t get when grilling a steak.
What Is The Best Steak To Smoke?
Any steak can be smoked, but we recommend ensuring your cut is at least 1.5 inches thick as it will cook well on the smoker. Thinner cuts of steak are not typically recommended for smoking and may taste best when grilled instead.