28 Grilled Steaks, Ribs & Chops
These juicy grilled dishes will satisfy your carnivorous cravings
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Grilled Rib-Eye Steaks with Blistered Padrón Peppers
With its generous marbling, rib-eye just may be the tastiest steak of all for the grill. Inspired by the cider-house tradition in the Spanish countryside, Matthew Dillon of Bar Sajor restaurant in Seattle adds a phenomenal but simple sauce from the resting juices and a touch of cider vinegar and honey. He grills the meat over wood at the restaurant; for home grillers, he recommends hardwood charcoal and fruitwood chips.
Recipe: Grilled Rib-Eye Steaks with Blistered Padrón Peppers
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Grilled Tri-tip with Cuban Mojo Sauce
Tri-tip is one of our favorite cuts for grilling, and this recipe reminds us why: a gorgeous browned crust and juicy meat. A tangy sauce makes it extra-special.
Recipe: Grilled Tri-tip with Cuban Mojo Sauce
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Gaucho Steak with Four-Herb Chimichurri
The flavor in this dish just doesn't stop. The herbed marinade tenderizes and flavors the meat and makes a great bridge to the chimichurri, a beautifully green herb sauce.
Recipe: Gaucho Steak with Four-Herb Chimichurri
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Balsamic Grilled Skirt Steak
A simple marinade adds surprising depth of flavor in this easy grilled steak recipe you'll want to make again and again.
Recipe: Balsamic Grilled Skirt Steak
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Crazed Mom’s Easy Steak and Garam Masala Naan-wiches
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Herb-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs
These are the ribs for summer. Just be sure to make plenty of the cherry-Zinfandel barbecue sauce to top the super-succulent ribs.
Recipe: Herb-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs
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Grilled Grass-fed Rib-eyes with Herb Lemon Butter
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Gin and Spice Flank Steak
A creamy gin sauce tastes delectable with this hot charred flank steak ― another of our favorite cuts for grilling.
Recipe: Gin and Spice Flank Steak
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Sage-Rubbed Pork Tenderloins with Sage Butter
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Lamb Chops with Roasted Salsa
Perfectly cooked lamb chops are a special occasion dinner when topped with fresh pepper and tomato-laden salsa.
Recipe: Lamb Chops with Roasted Salsa
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Grilled Pork Chops with Brown-Sugar Brine and Onion-Peach Marmalade
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Grilled Lamb Brochettes with Lemon and Dill
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Spicy Pork Skewers
Moroccan meat skewers, or kefta, are made with beef and formed into sausage shapes. Our variation uses ground pork and a hefty dose of spices rolled into little meatballs.
Recipe: Spicy Pork Skewers
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Grilled Skirt Steak (Arracheras)
Mexican arracheras, like Tex-Mex fajitas, are marinated skirt steaks cooked quickly over high heat to produce a nicely browned crust and pink interior. Serve with all your favorite fajita fixins.
Recipe: Grilled Skirt Steak (Arracheras)
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Spicy Pork Ribs
Marinating ribs in already prepared harissa pasta, a Tunisian spice, saves time and guarantees spicy, lick-your-fingers-good ribs.
Recipe: Spicy Pork Ribs
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Achiote-and-Orange Pulled Pork
Real, slow-cooked barbecue takes time, but this dish is truly worth it. Pile the succulent meat on bolillos or other small rolls, then top with queso fresco, avocado slices, and a squeeze of lime.
Recipe: Achiote-and-Orange Pulled Pork
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Vietnamese-style Steak Salad
Lemongrass nicely complements the clean flavor of grass-fed steak in this herb and veggie-filled noodle salad.
Recipe: Vietnamese-style Steak Salad
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Northwest Grilled Flank Steak
A simple, flavor-packed marinade of ginger, garlic, soy sauce, and sesame makes this flank steak a fast weeknight dinner; try it with a simple green salad and a side of grilled vegetables.
Recipe: Northwest Grilled Flank Steak
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Toyoshimas' Teriyaki Tri-Tip
Based on an old Hawaiian family recipe, this teriyaki marinade does its magic overnight; you can also use it for chicken and pork.
Recipe: Toyoshimas' Teriyaki Tri-Tip
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Hot Flank Steak Salad with Chinese Black Bean Dressing
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Grilled Rib-eye Steaks with Miso Butter
Japanese miso paste makes a great compound butter and imparts the savory quality of umami (a word that roughly translates as "delicious essence"). On a rib-eye steak, it's out-of-this world delicious.
Recipe: Grilled Rib-eye Steaks with Miso Butter
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Grilled Flank Steak, Onion, and Peppers
Steve Freidkin, the chef at Texaz Grill in Phoenix, shared this technique with us for instantly “marinating” meat. By making small slashes in a diamond pattern over both sides of the steak, the flavors of the lemon and spices sink right in.
Recipe: Grilled Flank Steak, Onion, and Peppers
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Grilled Lamb Chops with Turkish Grape Sauce
Chef Burak Epir of Pilita Grill restaurant in San Carlos, CA, serves this Turkish-style sauce over lamb meatballs skewered with chunks of eggplant. We’ve grilled lamb chops instead, for a faster but equally delicious version.
Recipe: Grilled Lamb Chops with Turkish Grape Sauce
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Achiote Short Ribs with Ancho Barbecue Sauce and Avocado Relish
James Beard award–nominated chef Mark Fischer is forging his own Southwest style at Restaurant Six89 in Carbondale, Colorado, with dishes like these ribs: They’re oven-braised with citrus and achiote, then finished on the grill with smoky chile sauce. At the restaurant, he uses boned beef short ribs, but we kept it simple by leaving the bones in. The recipe is also outstanding made with pork spareribs.
Recipe: Achiote Short Ribs with Ancho Barbecue Sauce and Avocado Relish
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Grilled Spareribs with Fennel Seeds and Herbs
Meat expert Bruce Aidells drew on the Northern Italian heritage of Sonoma’s founding wine families for this recipe, creating crisp-edged ribs that don’t require additional sauce.
Recipe: Grilled Spareribs with Fennel Seeds and Herbs
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Bison Tri-Tip with Chimichurri
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Smoked Ribs with Huckleberry BBQ Sauce
This recipe, from chef David Kreifels of Laurelhurst Market in Portland, strikes the perfect balance between smoky, spicy, salty, and fruity. You’ll need applewood chips, sold with grilling supplies, and a drip pan.
Recipe: Smoked Ribs with Huckleberry BBQ Sauce
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Ginger Rosemary Smoked Pork Ribs