Smoked New York Steak

Smoked New York Steak

New York Steak is one of the most popular cuts of beef to smoke due to the tenderness and richness of the meat. This widely available and affordable steak recipe will be a hit at any dinner party.

Smoked New York Steak Recipe

The New York Steak cut (also known as the New York Strip Steak) comes from the short beef loin cut of the cow. 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.

For a New York Steak that will impress any guest, read on:

  1. Preheat your smoker to 225° F (107° C).
  2. Brush steaks with olive oil and season with your choice of rub.
  3. Place the steaks in the smoker away from direct heat and cover.
  4. Use a meat thermometer to see the internal temperature and remove meat from the smoker when the desired temp is reached.
  5. Once removed, tent some tinfoil over the steaks and allow them to rest for a few moments.
  6. Raise the heat of your smoker to 500° F (260° C).
  7. Place your steaks back in to the smoker for 30 seconds on each side to sear the outside.
  8. Remove the steaks from the heat, let them rest for 5 minutes.
  9. Pair steaks with your favorite sides and serve.

How To Make Smoked New York Steak

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.

Recipe Overview

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Wood Flavour: Oak
  • Cooking Temperature: 225º F (107° C)
  • Servings: 4 people

Required Tools

  • Smoker
  • Tin Foil
  • BBQ Tongs
  • Cast Iron Pan
  • Meat Thermometer

Ingredients

  • 4 (1.5 inch+ thick) New York Steaks
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • Ground Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Beef Rub (optional, in place of salt, pepper & garlic powder)
  • Butter of the Gods (optional)

Making Smoked New York Steak

  1. Preheat your smoker to 225° F (107° C).
  2. Brush steaks with olive oil and season with your choice of rub.
  3. Place the steaks in the smoker away from direct heat and cover. Make sure they’re spaced away from one another.
  4. 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.
  5. Once removed, place tinfoil over the steaks and allow them to rest for a few moments.
  6. Raise the heat of your smoker to 500° F (260° C) and allow it to heat up.
  7. Place your steaks back into the smoker for 30 seconds to sear each side.
  8. Remove the steaks from the heat and allow them to rest for 5 minutes.
  9. Pair steaks with your favorite sides and condiments and serve.
Smoked New York Steak
Smoked New York Steak

Making Smoked New York Steak

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 flavors in your meat. Once it’s all clean, fire it up and get it stable at 225º F (107° C). If you’re using a charcoal smoker, don’t forget to add your desired wood flavor before placing the steaks on the grill. Oak is recommended for this recipe.


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 flavor 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.


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 flavors can penetrate the meat.


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 center 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)

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.


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 flavor.

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.


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.


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 flavors to soak through the meat now it’s away from the heat.


9 – Serve With Delicious Sides

Perhaps the most exciting part of preparing a meal is choosing the flavors that go well together. Luckily, the Smoked New York Steak pairs well with just about any side, but there are a few key favorites that we recommend.

Use Smoked Asparagus and Smoked Baked Potato together for a classic steak-style meal, or pair with Smoked Corn on the Cob and brown rice for a unique change.

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.