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Cowboy Steak is an extra thick steak with a French trimmed bone for an impressive presentation. This delicious cut is exceptionally tender and juicy. Learn how to make the perfect cowboy steak in the oven or on the grill!

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Look no further than cowboy steak when you want to try one of the besttypes of steak. It tops the tenderness and flavor scales with impressive looks. Best of all, it's versatile and easy to prepare in the oven, on the grill, or on the stovetop.

What is a cowboy steak?

A cowboy steak is a thick cutbeefwhere the rib is French trimmed so that it extends a few inches from the meat for presentation purposes. when the bone ismore than 5 inches, is calledbife tomahawk. The typical cowboy tenderloin will be 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 inches thick and weigh 18 to 36 ounces each.

Made from the prime rib of the cow, the cowboy cut steak contains the tender longissimus dorsi muscle, known for its marbling and flavor. The origin of the name cowboy steak is unclear, although the steak has a rustic appearance. essentialbone-in ribeyesthey are usually cut thinner with a smaller piece of bone that is not trimmed.

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How to cook cowboy steak

You can cook a cowboy steak in the oven, on the grill, or on the stovetop as a ribeye. This is how the steak is prepared for cooking:

  • Take it out of the fridge an hour early so it is closer to room temperature and cooks evenly.
  • Pat the steak dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture that could interfere with cooking.
  • Rub the steak with a high-heat oil, such as canola oil, sunflower oil, or refined olive oil.
  • Season the steak generously with salt and pepper, as well as any dry seasoning you may be using.

Baked Cowboy Steak

cookingis the most common oven method, in which it is fried for 1 minute on each side over high heat in a cast-iron skillet. Then transfer the pan to a 400°F oven to finish cooking for another 10 to 15 minutes, depending on how you like it.

grilledit skips the grilling step and is a great option when you have dependable chicken. Position oven rack so meat is 3-4 inches from heat source and allow chicken to preheat for at least 10 minutes. The steak will need 8 to 15 minutes per side, depending on thickness and chicken.

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Grilled Cowboy Steak

Making BBQ cowboy steaks is easy using a reverse sear. Slow cook over indirect heat at 275°F until steak reaches an internal temperature of 100°F. Then raise heat to high and sear 2 to 3 minutes on each side until done.

If you want striped grill marks, turn steaks 90 degrees halfway up each side.

When is it done?

The most reliable way to control the cowboy.meat pointis by measuring the internal temperature using an instant read thermometer. Insert the probe into the middle of the steak to check the desired doneness:

Desired Cookingwhile cookingafter the break
cru120°F (49°C)130°F (54°C)
Badly cooked125°F (52°C)135°F (56°C)
Average130°F (54°C)140°F (60°C)
Half well135°F (56°C)145°F (63°C)

Even after removing the steak from the heat, the temperature continues to rise another 10°F on a thick cut like a cowboy steak due to residual cooking.

Please note that theUSDAstates that 145°F is the safe ending temperature for steak, although it is not always met.

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How to Serve Cowboy Ribeye Steak

After cooking, let steak rest for 5 minutes covered with foil or a plate before serving. This will allow the juices to redistribute through the meat for a juicier steak.

To serve, it is cut along the bone to separate it from the meat and make it easier to cut. Here are delicious side dishes and seasonings for cowboy steak:

  • Baked potato,Mashed potatoesorice
  • Broccolior green beans
  • Homemadegarlic butterosteak sauce

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cowboy steak recipe

Cowboy steak is an extra thick cut steak with one bone trimmed French style for presentation purposes. It is an especially juicy, tender and tasty cut of meat!

Setup time:5 minutes

Time to cook:20 minutes

Total time:25 minutes

Servings:4 portions


  • 2 cowboy steaks,1½-2½ inches thick (18-36 ounces each)
  • 2 soup spoons oil,canola oil or refined olive oil, divided
  • 2-3 teaspoons coarse salt,you dirty kosher
  • 2-3 teaspoons black pepper,freshly ground
  • 1 soup spoon unsalted butter,optional


  • Take the cowboy steaks out of the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours so they can come close to room temperature for even cooking.


  • Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). Also, place a cast iron skillet on high heat for 5 minutes to heat up while you prepare the steaks.

  • Pat steaks dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture that could interfere with cooking.

  • Rub steak with 1 tablespoon of oil on all sides. Then season with salt and pepper.

  • Add remaining 1 tablespoon of oil to hot skillet and swirl to coat. Note: The pan handle will be hot so wear oven mitts to avoid burns.

  • Using kitchen tongs, carefully place the seasoned cowboy steak in the skillet. Sauté for 1 minute. Flip and brown the other side for 1 more minute.

  • Transfer the baking sheet to the preheated oven and cook for another 10 to 15 minutes or until desired doneness is reached. Halfway through, add the butter and pour the pan juices over the meat to baste.

  • Check for doneness by inserting an instant-read thermometer into the middle of a steak: 120°F is rare, 125°F is rare, 130°F is medium, and 135°F is medium well.*

  • Remove steaks from oven onto a board or platter. Cover with foil and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat.

  • Cut along the bone to separate the meat from the bone. Then cut crosswise against the grain to serve.


  • Yield: A cowboy steak makes two to three 8-ounce servings, depending on the thickness of the cut.
  • *Cooking: Avoid cooking more than medium hatchet for the most tender steak.
  • Grilled Cowboy Steak:Prepare steak according to instructions above. Then grill at 275°F (135°C) for 30 to 40 minutes to an internal temperature of 100°F (38°C). Increase heat to high and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from grill to rest covered with foil for 5 minutes before serving.
  • Fried Cowboy Steak:Preheat a cast iron skillet for 5 minutes over medium-high to high heat until very hot. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the skillet and shake to coat. Then add the steak and fry, turning every minute to brown until it reaches the desired point. Note: Usually only one cowboy steak can fit in a skillet due to its large size.

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Cocina:North American

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8 thoughts on “Cowboy steak”

  1. lynJanuary 20, 2022 at 12:53 pmRespondedor

    Hey! This steak was so good! Although I did have to leave the steak in the oven for much longer than 10-15 minutes, probably closer to 30 minutes total. I have a gas convection oven, I was wondering if that has anything to do with it? Anyway, it was a perfect rare remedy when it all helped and was done, lol!Cowboy Steak {Ready in the Oven or Grilled!} - TipBuzz (8)

    • TipBuzzMay 17, 2022 at 1:34 p.m.Respondedor

      Hi Lyn, great to hear and thank you. The baking time depends mainly on the thickness, but also on the oven. Using a thermometer is one solution, especially for an expensive cut like a cowboy steak. I'm glad you enjoyed!

  2. claraOctober 14, 2021 at 11:42 amRespondedor

    My cowboy ribeye steak was unbelievably delicious 😋 I've never made this before so I was skeptical it would turn out well, but it turned out GREAT! I wish I could upload a photo so you could see. It looks exactly like your photo in the recipe. Thank you so much.Cowboy Steak {Ready in the Oven or Grilled!} - TipBuzz (9)

    • TipBuzzOctober 18, 2021 at 4:48 pmRespondedor

      Hi Clare, This is amazing and congratulations! Thank you very much for your comment and I'm glad you liked it.

  3. Lee's teamJanuary 24, 2021 at 10:26 amRespondedor

    What have you found to be the best cooking method, oven or skillet?
    Thank you, I intend to cook today.

    • TipBuzzMay 17, 2022 at 3:42 pmRespondedor

      Hi Lee, thanks for your question. Both methods work well, although I prefer the oven for thicker cuts of cowboy (1.5 inches or more). Indirect heat cooks more evenly. I hope that helps!

  4. Renee GoergerJune 29, 2020 at 1:56 p.m.Respondedor

    I made these last night for dinner and my husband went crazy for them! He said they were the best steaks ever!Cowboy Steak {Ready in the Oven or Grilled!} - TipBuzz (10)

    • TipBuzzJune 29, 2020 at 3:06 pmRespondedor

      Hi Renee, Wow, thanks for your feedback and I'm glad you liked it.

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