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Grilled Steaks with Cowboy Butter

Are you ready to turn the dial up on flavor and grill steaks that are so crazy good, that everyone will want more? That’s what happens with Grilled Steaks with Cowboy Butter. Sure, grilled steaks are great, but topped with this flavor-packed compound butter, they’re even better! Easy, crazy-good, and sure to knock the socks off all your family and friends, these steaks are outstanding!

Sliced steak on a white plate with cowboy butter.

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Restaurants and steakhouses have been topping grilled steaks with butter for decades. Top steakhouses top them with compound butter, which is butter mixed with herbs and other flavors. 

You can get the same flavor explosion at home with these Grilled Steaks with Cowboy Butter. The secret is the compound butter: butter that’s infused with spices, herbs, and more, all to amp up the flavor.

Compound butters are a chef’s secret. They’re super easy to make, you can keep them in the freezer, and they add oodles of flavor to anything they touch. 

Cowboy butter is made with chipotle powder for a bit of a kick, and when it melts down over the top of a grilled steak, well, there are few things tastier!

Grilled steak with cowboy butter on a cutting board.

Why You’ll Love the Grilled Steaks with Cowboy Butter:


  • No brining or marinades needed, just a quick compound butter that you can make days ahead of time, and you’re good to go.
  • You can adjust the spices in the butter to suit your taste preferences.
  • This recipe is perfect for casual weeknight dinners, backyard barbecues, or even fancy steak nights.

Ingredients

  • Steaks – Choose your favorite cuts, such as ribeye, New York strip, or sirloin.

For the Cowboy Butter:

  • Butter – I cook with salted butter. Softened.
  • Garlic cloves – Minced.
  • Fresh parsley – Chopped.
  • Fresh chives – Chopped.
  • Smoked paprika
  • Chipotle powder
  • Dijon mustard
  • Freshly ground black pepper

How to Make Grilled Steaks with Cowboy Butter

  1. Cream together the softened butter, garlic, parsley, chives, smoked paprika, chipotle powder, Dijon mustard, and black pepper in a small bowl or food processor. Mix until well combined.
  2. Transfer the butter mixture to a large sheet of plastic wrap that’s flat on the counter or a work surface.
  3. Form the butter into a 1.5-inch wide cylinder and wrap it well in plastic wrap. Pop it into the freezer to harden.
  4. Remove the steaks from the refrigerator for about 30-60 minutes before grilling. This allows the meat to come to room temperature, ensuring even cooking.
  5. Preheat the grill. Aim for medium-high heat for a nice sear. If using a charcoal grill, wait until the coals are hot and white.
  6. Season the steaks with salt and pepper.
  7. Place the steaks on the preheated grill and cook according to your desired doneness. For a medium-rare steak, aim for an internal temperature of 125-130°F.
  8. Remove the steaks from the grill and let them rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a more tender and flavorful steak.
  9. Top each steak with a slice of the cowboy butter before serving. Let it melt down over the top and dig in!

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • You can prep the cowboy butter days or even weeks ahead. It’ll keep in the freezer for several months.
  • Don’t overcook the steaks! They will continue to cook slightly while resting.
  • For a smokier flavor, add wood chips to your grill while cooking.

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Make It A Meal

Pair your Grilled Steaks with Cowboy Butter with your favorite sides, such as grilled vegetables, grilled corn, a salad, and a glass of wine or cold beer.

Storage

Store the wrapped cowboy butter in the fridge for 1-2 weeks or in the freezer for a few months. Package any leftover steak in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Sliced steak on a white plate with cowboy butter.

Grilled Steaks with Cowboy Butter

Chef Jenn
Loaded with herbs, garlic, and plenty of spices with a bit of kick, up your grilling game with Grilled Steaks with Cowboy Butter!
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 37 minutes
Total Time 52 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 servings
Calories 681 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 4 steaks of your choice
  • salt and pepper

for the butter

  • ½ cup butter salted butter, softened
  • 4 cloves garlic finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives chopped finely
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • few grinds of black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Cream together the softened butter, minced garlic, chopped parsley, chopped chives, smoked paprika, chipotle powder, Dijon mustard, and black pepper in a small bowl. Mix until well combined.
  • Transfer the butter mixture to a large sheet of plastic wrap that’s flat on the counter or a work surface.
  • Form the butter into a 1.5-inch wide cylinder and wrap it well in plastic wrap. Pop it into the freezer to harden.
  • Remove the steaks from the refrigerator for about 30-60 minutes before grilling. This allows the meat to come to room temperature, ensuring even cooking.
  • Preheat the grill. Aim for medium-high heat for a nice sear. If using a charcoal grill, wait until the coals are hot and white.
  • Season the steaks with salt and pepper.
  • Place the steaks on the preheated grill and cook according to your desired doneness. For a medium-rare steak, aim for an internal temperature of 125-130°F.
  • Remove the steaks from the grill and let them rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a more tender and flavorful steak.
  • Top each steak with a slice of the cowboy butter before serving. Let it melt down over the top and dig in!

Notes

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • You can prep the cowboy butter days or even weeks ahead. It’ll keep in the freezer for several months.
  • Don’t overcook the steaks! They will continue to cook slightly while resting.
  • For a smokier flavor, add wood chips to your grill while cooking.

Nutrition

Serving: 1steakCalories: 681kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 46gFat: 55gSaturated Fat: 29gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 199mgSodium: 319mgPotassium: 650mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 0.2gVitamin A: 1181IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 4mg
Keyword beef, compound butter, cowboy butter, grilled steak, steaks
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