compound butter

If you’re looking for an easy way to take your ribeye steak up a notch, look no further than compound butter. This simple recipe mixes herbs and spices with softened butter, resulting in a flavorful topping that can be melted over your steak.

Plus, it’s easy to make ahead of time so you can focus on the main event – the cheese bombs! These cheesy appetizers are always a hit, and they pair perfectly with the grilled herb ribeyes. So fire up the grill and get ready for an epic meal!

If you haven’t had compound butter yet, well… This is the one you need to make to compliment any delicious steak you just finished putting an epic crust on! Don’t stop there, make sure you make yourself some mini cheese bombs for a side or appetizer, these make any meal better! Okay, let’s get to the recipe!

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Herb Compound Butter Ribeyes Paired With Mini Cheese Bombs

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 3


  • 1 Thick bone-in Ribeye (or any other tasty cut of beef)
  • Salt for seasoning
  • Peanut oil for frying
  • Hickory Wood for smoke

Herb Compound Butter

  • 1 block Unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp Fresh basil
  • 2 tsp Dry oregano
  • 2 tbsp Diced shallots
  • 1 tsp Red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp Garlic powder

Mini Cheese Bombs

  • 1 pack Mozzarella cheese sticks, the pull apart ones
  • 2 Eggs beaten
  • 1 cup All-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Italian panko bread crumbs


  • -Start off by making your herb compound butter. Make sure your butter has been sitting at room temperature and is soft. Now place it in a bowl and add the basil, oregano, shallots and red pepper flakes. Mix with a fork until all your ingredients are combined.
  • -Place plastic wrap on a cutting board and add the butter and roll it into a butter log. Place in the fridge for a minimum of 45 mins.
  • Get your Ribeye up to room temp and pat dry with a paper towel. Now add some avocado oil as a binder and salt generously for seasoning.
  • Fire up your smoker to 250 degrees and add hickory wood chunks for a smokey flavor.
  • Add the steak and let it roll for about 60 mins (if it is 2” thick) or a 118 internal temperature.
  • During the 60 mins smoke time frame get your mozzarella sticks out and cut into thirds. Now set up your three stations for the mini cheese bombs (Flour, egg wash and panko). Add the cheese stick into the flour, then egg wash and finally the panko. Place in the fridge for 30ish mins. At this time get your frying station set with the peanut oil. Set the oil temp to 350 degrees. Also, set up your searing stations for the ribeye.
  • Remove the ribeye from the smoker and let it rest for 5 mins.
  • Cut 2 tablespoons of the compound butter (per steak).
  • Sear your steaks for 60-90 seconds per side, or an internal temp of 125-128. Once you remove it, add the 2 tablespoons of butter.
  • Add the mini cheese bombs in the oil for frying. Fry for 3 mins total, or golden brown texture. Have marinara for dipping or any condiment of your choice.
  • Slice your steak and serve with the mini cheese bombs!
  • Enjoy with friends and family!
Keyword bone in ribeye, cheese bombs, compound butter, easy compound butter, ribeye cap

It’s so easy to make your own compound butter, and the variations are endless. Once you have the basic recipe down, feel free to experiment with different herbs, spices, or flavors. We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do! Have you made compound butter before? What are your favorite variations?

Did you enjoy this compound butter and cheese bomb recipe? You’ll love my other beef recipes in the link below!

Beef Recipes

Items used in This Recipe

Hasty-Bake Grill

Knitted Gloves

Cast Iron Skillet 

Meater +

Charcoal Chimney

Charcoal Starters

Firestarter Guard

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