All the grilling experts are talking about a reverse sear, but what is a reverse sear? It’s ok, you aren’t the only one asking this question. A sear is the process of quick grilling the surface of your steak at high temperatures, so how do you reverse sear?
To skip the history lesson, go straight to the 3 ways to reverse sear.
What is a Reverse Sear?
Traditionally, restaurants and steakhouses would first sear their steaks to achieve that desirable crunchy crust and then pop it in the oven to continue cooking the steak until the right temperature and degree of doneness. So, if you asked for a medium to medium-well steak, searing alone won’t achieve the right level of doneness for your taste. Reverse searing is this process, well, in reverse.
Master grillers are first cooking steak to their preferred temperature and then giving it a hot 1500°F sear on Otto’s O.F.B. for about a minute per side to achieve the perfect crispy and crunchy crust. The idea is that once the internal temperature of your steak has been reached, the Maillard reaction, the caramelizing effect of the steak crust, will be achieved with much more efficiency. Then, the steak can be served straight off the hot grill right after searing.
3 Ways to Revearse Sear Steak
If you’re still wondering what is a reverse sear and how to do it, there are 3 ways. For rare lovers, a quick sear at 1500°F on Otto’s O.F.B. is all you need to achieve that beautiful pink, tender inside. For those who want to make sure their steak won’t “moooo” while they eat it, you can achieve the reverse sear in three different ways.
Temperature Guide (to keep in mind)
1. The Outdoor O.F.B.
If you like to keep it simple and efficient by using only one device, Otto’s O.F.B. achieves the reverse sear with simplicity.
- Just place your steaks on the cool grill grate while your grill preheats for 3 minutes.
- Then, place it inside the O.F.B. on the lowest height and temperature setting. Use a thermometer or MEATER+ to check for your desired degree of doneness.
- When it is just under your desired temp, you can turn up the heat and sear those babies at the highest height for the perfect crispy steak crust. Just a minute per side!
2. Sous Vide Who?
If you’ve never hear of a sous vide before, you’re in for a real treat. Sous vide is a style of cooking that involves cooking meat in boiling water (wrapped in a plastic bag) for a tender result. Now, with the new sous vide wands, everyone can achieve chef quality dishes with a reverse sear. This device cooks your food to the exact temperature you want hands free – you just use the app.
3. Good ol’ Oven
You can bake your steak, though we don’t want you to dry it out! So, Otto recommends using as thick of a steak you can get so that your oven doesn’t dry it out. You can prebake the steak and then sear it hot and fast at 1500°F on Otto’s O.F.B.