Smoked New York Steak

Smoked New York Steak

New York Steak is a super popular cut of beef for any backyard Pitmasters! It’s available almost anywhere and super easy to cook, fry, bake, or our preference… smoke! Once you make and serve up some Smoked New York Steak, you’ll have your friends knocking down your door!

This new york strip steak recipe is a hit. Hosting a family dinner, and you want to impress everyone with a delicious dish? Trust me, these new york strip steaks will seal the deal, and everyone will end up praising you.

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 supermarket or get it from the butcher’s shop. The New York Strip Steak has a stronger taste and is nearly as soft as fillet mignon because it has more marbling than other cuts. This means that it has an amazing taste because fat adds flavor! Your taste buds will be happy with all of the mouth-watering flavors that come out of the meat with this Smoked New York Steak dish.

New York Strip Steak
New York strip steak

Best steak rub for New York Strip Steak

There are a ton of off-the-shelf steak rubs or spices blends available to buy from your local supermarket or BBQ shop. Personally, we like Steak Fixx from Motley Que. You can even make your own steak rub using one of our homepage steak rub seasonings!

If you feel like making your own seasoning and steak rub for your smoked new york strip steak, give our Beef rub, Brisket rub, or Espresso Brisket Rub a try. They’re all amazing on any cut of beef!

Best side dishes with Smoked New York Steak

There are literally hundreds of dishes that would pair up well with a smoked New York Strip Steak. However, we typically like to keep it simple with a couple of sides that are easy to make and compliment the beef well. Our go-to sides for steak are smoked asparagus and smoked baked potatoes. However, if you’re looking to add some sweetness to your meal, going with smoked corn on the cob is always a great choice too!

How to make Smoked New York Steak

If you are new at smoking and nervous about smoking your first dish, do not worry, BBQ hero is here to assist you. We have broken down the finest recipe that is best among all the other smoked steak recipes. Allow us to take you on a recipe safari.

Grab your smoker, thoroughly clean the grill grates. Here I will be using my pellet grill. You can use any grill of your choice at which you feel comfortable.

Smoked New York Steak

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Cook Temperature: 225ºF
  • Finishes Temperature: 135ºF for rare, 145ºF for medium-rare, 155ºF for well-done
  • Wood Flavor: Oak wood
  • Servings: 4 people

Required Tools

  • Your preference of smoker (I recommend a pellet smoker)
  • Commercial grade tinfoil
  • BBQ Temperature probe
  • Cast iron pan
  • BBQ tongs


  • 4 (1.5 inch+ thick) New York Steaks
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • Ground Pepper
  • Garlic Powder

Cooking Instructions

  1. Start your smoker and get the temperature stable at 225ºF.
  2. Coat the steaks with olive oil and season all sides of the steaks with salt, pepper and garlic powder (or use a steak rub).
  3. Insert your meat thermometer into the thickest part of your steak. If you’re making multiple steaks, pick a mid-sized steak.
  4. Place the steaks directly on the grill in indirect heat and smoke for approximately 45min – 1 hour or until your steak reaches your desired meat doneness (see meat doneness chart below).
  5. Once the internal temperature is reached, remove the steaks and tent some tinfoil over them while they rest and you continue with the next steps.
  6. Crank the heat on your smoker or BBQ up to 500ºF. Get the grill hot enough to give your meat a good sear.
  7. Place your steaks onto the hot grill for 30 seconds per side or until you get your desired sear amount on the steaks.
  8. Remove the steaks, let them rest for 5 minutes before enjoying.

BBQ Hero Tip: Do the same method using a cast iron pan or over an open flame to increase the flavor of your smoked new york steak

Medium Rare Smoked New York Steak
Medium Rare Smoked New York Steak

Detailed Cooking Instructions

1 – Preparing your smoker for cooking

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 you smoker could cause unwanted flavors in your meat. Once it’s all clean, fire it up and get it stable at 225ºF. If you’re using a charcoal smoker, don’t forget to add your desired wood flavor before placing the steaks on the grill.

2 – Seasoning your meat

Let’s add some flavor to your Smoked New York Steak with just a few increadients.  Lay your steaks down flat on a plate or cutting board. Pat them dry with a little paper towel before adding a light coating of Olive Oil to all sides of the steak. You won’t taste the olive oil but it helps your seasoning stick to the meat during the cooking process.

Next, sprinkle the kosher salt, pepper and garlic powder onto all sides of your steak. If you have a thicker cut of New York Steak, feel free to add a little more seasoning. The bigger the cut of the meat, the more flavor you can add!

3 – Inserting the thermometer in the meat

A meat thermometer should be inserted into the thickest part of the steak. This ensures that your steak is cooked perfectly every time! It is MUCH easier to get a perfectly rare, medium-rare, or fully cooked steak the way you like by using a meat thermometer.

4 – Smoking the steaks

On your cleaned grill grates, place the steaks in a spot where there’s indirect heat (not directly over the fire). Place the steak with the meat thermometer in it somewhere in the middle of all your steaks and make sure there is at least a 1/2 inch of room between each steak. This will ensure that smoke can get to each part of each steak.

  • Rare: 125°F + 3 minutes of resting time
  • Medium rare: 130°F to 135°F
  • Medium: 135°F to 140°F
  • Medium well: 140°F to 150°F
  • Well done: 155°F+

Steak Doneness Chart

5 – Remove Steaks, Rest & Increase the Heat

Now that your steaks are fully smoked to your desired doneness, we highly recommend adding a bit of texture to the outside of the steak. This extra step of reverse searing your steaks will add additional flavor and give you that real steakhouse taste!

Once your steaks are off the grill, crank the heat up to 500°F. The goal is to get the grill grates as hot as possible. If you have a sear plate on your smoker, feel free to use this as well. Or, if you have a cast-iron pan or plate, you can use either as well!

When the grill grates are hot, place the now cooled down steak (they should drop 5-10°F while your grill grates heat up), place the steaks on the hot grill for about 30 seconds per side, or until you’re happy with the amount of sear. Remember, the hotter the grates, the better sear you’ll get on your steaks!

6 – Serve your Smoked New York Steak

After you’ve seared your smoked steaks, place them back on a plate and cover them with tinfoil. Let your steaks rest for 5-10 min while you finish preparing the rest of the meal. Resting the steak will allow the meat fibres to break down even further and the flavor from the new york steak to melt. Once you’re ready to eat, serve the steaks and enjoy!

BBQ Hero Tip: You can also brush some melted butter on your smoked new york steak before serving to give it an extra mouth-watering taste.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 your steak and if you’re wanting to reverse sear your smoked new york steak, add an additional 15 minutes to the cooking time.

How long does it take to smoke a steak at 225?

It takes about 45-60 minutes to smoke a steak at 225°F to medium-rare. However, this time can change depending on how thick your steak is and what doneness level you prefer for your steak.

Do you flip steaks in a smoker?

No, you don’t have to flip a steak on your smoker. 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.

Can you enjoy the same texture as rare or medium-rare of steak when fully cooked?

No, You cannot. The more thoroughly you cook your steak, the less tender and juicy it will be. Excess heat and cooking dry up all the moisture, natural juiciness of the meat, and tenderness. We recommend cooking any steak to medium-rare to enjoy the full flavor of a smoked new york steak!

Can you smoke a steak in a smoker?

Yes, you can smoke a steak in a smoker! However, we highly recommend searing your steak after you’ve smoked it to give it extra flavor and texture. The smoked steak alone can be a little less desirable.

Are smoked steaks any good?

Yes, smoked steaks are very good! The smoky flavor of the wood or charcoal gives the steak a completely different flavor profile vs. just grilling your steak.

What is the best steak to smoke?

The best cut of steak to smoke is any cut that you have available to you! Just make sure your cut of steak is at least 1.5 inches thick as the thicker the steak the better it cooks on any smoker or grill. Thin cuts of steak are not recommended for smoking.

Is smoked steak better than grilled?

Yes, smoked steak is better than grilled steak! The additional flavor from the fire and wood can transform the flavor profile of the steak. Also, reverse searing your steak can give you the best of both worlds. A juicy slow smoked steak with a crusty exterior.

Wrapping up!

No matter what you’re putting on your smoker, cooking your meat to temp is always the best way to cook meat! Cooking to temp is the only way you’re going to get the perfect doneness for your steak, chicken or fish!

That being said, if you’re in a rush and don’t have time to cook to perfect doneness, we highly recommend trying our Smoked Hot Dogs and Smoked Hamburgers recipes. I know, I know… smoking hot dogs?! Yes, smoking Hot Dogs completely changes the way even a hot dog tastes! It’s a must-try!

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