This roasted garlic butter ribeye steak recipe is perfect for a good family night on the bbq. I like to have my wife and kids make the honey garlic butter while I grill the ribeye steaks. It doesn’t matter who does what, what matters is that it gets done and the food comes out great for a great memory.

This is why I like to have my wife and kids involved with the grilling process. It has everyone in the family getting their hands dirty and we all arrive at the same destination with a great meal. It’s a total family success. Many times, I just go out and grill the steaks and my wife will make the sides while the kids play downstairs. The honey garlic butter is quick and easy to put together so the kids don’t get bored before it’s finished. 

Everything from the seasoning, method of grilling and the family fun makes this recipe perfect!


 When it comes to grilling Ribeye steaks and the method I choose to use, it’s always based on the thickness of the steak. If it is 1” or thinner I will grill the steak directly over the coals and keep flipping every 60-90 seconds for 6-8 minutes until it is medium rare. Anything over this thickness I will smoke (or sear) first and then finish it off with a hard sear (or smoked) until it is medium rare.smoking steaks on a kettle grill

Before we get to the grilling part, there are few important factors that need to take place prior to the action. The steaks need to be at room temperature and then they need seasoned correctly.

To season the steaks correctly, I like to use avocado oil as a binder. This will help keep the seasoning stuck onto the steak during the cooking process to help build a better crust and more flavor. Once the steak has the avocado oil applied, season it generously on the top and bottom, even get the edges and leave it to sit for twenty or thirty minutes in a room temperature environment. smoked steaks on the grill

During the time it sits at room temperature, it is time to prepare the grill for searing (if less than an 1”) or smoking (anything over an 1”). My steaks are thicker so I went ahead and seared them first and then smoked them. Once the coals were all active I seared my steaks over direct coals on both sides for 60-90 seconds for a nice char on both sides and then moved them to the indirect zone and set the vents to choke the temp for a low and slow approach. 

While the steaks are being brought up to temperature, 128 degrees F internally, I got my  roasted garlic butter ready. When the steaks reached 120-125 degrees F I then placed a tablespoon or more on the steaks while they finished off. I love to do this so the butter melts on the steaks perfectly so after they rest it is ready for slicing and serving!roasted garlic butter on the ribeye steaks


Start off by setting the oven at 325 degrees F. While the oven is coming up to temperature, prepare two whole garlic bulbs by removing them and peeling each clove. Fill an oven safe loaf pan with a cup or two of olive oil and toss all of the cloves. Place it in the oven for about 25-30 minutes. You will see the garlic cloves bubbling and start to turn , this is how you know they are finished. 

Remove them from the oven and let cool for ten minutes. Have a block of unsalted butter at room temperature and add 8 cloves with rosemary, thyme, Mexican chili powder, black pepper, salt and 1/2 a shallot. Mix this together and let it sit until it’s time to add to the steaks. Another option is to wrap it in a log shape with plastic wrap and then place it in the fridge. making the garlic butter in a bowl

garlic butter being made

Roasted Garlic Butter Ribeye Steaks

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 3-4 Ribeye steaks
  • Avocado oil as a binder
  • Honey Garlic seasoning from Fire and Smoke Society

Roasted Garlic and Herb Butter

  • 8 cloves roasted garlic
  • 1/2 shallot diced
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary chopped
  • 1 tablespoon thyme chopped
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons Mexican chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • Start off by adding two bulbs peeled garlic in olive oil and placed in the oven at 325 degrees for 25 minutes.
  • While the garlic is roasting, season the steaks with honey garlic seasoning and let sit at room temperature.
  • Get a block of unsalted butter in a bowl (make sure it is softened) and begin adding 6-8 roasted cloves of garlic, rosemary, thyme, shallots, Mexican chili powder, black pepper and salt. Mix this together and place to the side.
  • Set the grill up for direct grilling and sear the steaks for 60-90 seconds per side. After they form a nice crust, remove them to the indirect zone and set the vents for low and slow cooking. Let the steaks finish off on the indirect side.
  • When the steaks reach an internal temperature of 118-120 degrees F internally, add a tablespoon of the butter to each steak. Remove the steaks when they reach 127-128 degrees F.
  • Let rest for 8-10 minutes and then slice for serving!
  • Enjoy with family and friends!
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If you’re looking for some alternate cooking methods or ingredients to mix things up with this roasted garlic butter ribeye steak recipe, there are definitely some options! For example, if you don’t have a grill or don’t want to fire it up, you could always cook the steaks in a cast iron skillet on the stove. Just follow the same seasoning and temperature guidelines as you would for grilling, and you’ll still end up with a delicious steak. You may also want to baste your steak in the cast iron as well. 

Another alternative could be to switch up the seasoning. While the honey garlic seasoning used in this recipe is definitely tasty, there are plenty of other spice blends out there that would work well with ribeye steak. You could try a classic steak seasoning, or go for something with a little more kick like a Cajun blend. Just make sure to use a seasoning with a decent amount of salt and pepper to help build that crust.stacked smoked steaks in front of a honey bbq seasoning

As for alternate ingredients, you could always switch up the herbs in the roasted garlic butter to suit your taste. Maybe you’re not a fan of thyme, or you want to add some extra heat with some jalapeños. You could also experiment with different types of oil for the seasoning binder – avocado oil is great, but you could also try something like grapeseed oil or even bacon grease if you’re feeling indulgent.

Regardless of what alternate cooking methods or ingredients you choose to try, it’s always worth remembering the importance of family fun and togetherness that this recipe celebrates. Even if the food doesn’t turn out perfect every time, the memories made while cooking and enjoying it together are what truly matter. So, thank you for giving this recipe a try and hopefully you were able to create some great memories with your loved ones.



Items used in This Recipe

Hasty-Bake Grill

Knitted Gloves

Food Processor

Cast Iron Skillet 

Meater +

Charcoal Chimney

Charcoal Starters

Firestarter Guard

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