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Please help ribeye fail

TGIF everybody
ok my last two ribeye cooks have been embarrassing. My 13 year old son and my wife of 20 years made some negative comments which is extremely rare (no pun intended).
first cook was reverse sear which once the fat rendered onto the plate setter it became a caveman cook and steaks were overlooked.
second cook was traditional method direct to 125 internal but the steak was on the tough side.
both cooks were ribeyes purchased at Publix, around 2.5 lbs bone in.
any help for tomorrow's attempt would be greatly appreciated.
thanks 
shane

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  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,357
    What are you using to measure the internal temperature? Trust it? Have you tested it? 
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  • jabamjabam Posts: 1,750
    If you cooked ribeyes to 125 and they were tough, you got some bad meat. 

    I have my steaks cut to 1 1/2", so I reverse sear them. Anything thinner than that should go direct IMO. 

    Use a a drip pan on top of plate setter with a spacer, to catch drippings so they dont burn off. You can use three wads of aluminum foil for spacer, about 1" diameter
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  • NonaScottNonaScott Posts: 444
    The regular publix choice rib eyes are usually pretty lean at my store. I have  to get green wise angus or prime to get decent marbling.
    Narcoossee, FL

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  • smbishopsmbishop Posts: 2,044
    If you look up Adam Perry Lang's Serious Barbeque or BBQ25, he has a very good approach to rib-eyes, your family will love them!
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  • JMCXLJMCXL Posts: 1,033
    jabam said:
    ... Use a a drip pan on top of plate setter with a spacer, to catch drippings so they dont burn off. You can use three wads of aluminum foil for spacer, about 1" diameter
    do you but any water in the pan or just let the pan catch the drippings.  I had an issue that the drippings burned and left a smoky taste that I did not like.  But... I had the drip pan directly on the PS.  Thanks for any advise...
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  • WardsterWardster Posts: 1,006
    spacer should prevent that
    Apollo Beach, FL
  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,357
    edited June 2016
    excuse me, but I never grill steaks indirect. Using a PS plus a water filled drip pan just isn't going to get you good results. Or perhaps you misunderstood the reverse sear method. 
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    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
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    Dunlap, IL
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  • jabamjabam Posts: 1,750
    I don't put water in drip pan. You just need to put spacers between PS and drip pan
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  • jabamjabam Posts: 1,750
    @RRP I go indirect at about 300, until IT of 100 and then bump up temp to above 500 and grill 1 min each side, keep flipping until IT of 130. Family loves them!
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  • Love the advice I'll send pics tonight when I'm done have a great day!
  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 12,953
    Reverse sear has been my go to. 
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  • BBQBuddyBBQBuddy Posts: 268
    Yeah, what they said.  But, first things first...buy your beef somewhere other than Publix.  I don't know why they can't seem to get good beef.
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  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 9,936
    I agree with others that a good steak starts with the meat.  I have used identical process and had some turn out great and others are "meh".  Look for a steak with decent marbling.  

    As a reference here is a pic of prime grade rib eye.  Now, you probably are not going to see something that looks this good at Publix but try to find something that has some specs/veins of fat running through the meat.  If there is just one section of the hard fat and the rest of the meat is just solid red then it won't probably won't be good.  I try not to limit myself to one particular cut.  If the rib-eyes don't look good that day I will check out other cuts.  If nothing looks good I go to a different store. 




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  • NonaScottNonaScott Posts: 444
    I feel very fortunate with the publix by our house. It is new and advertised as the largest in Orlando. They have a custom meat case and a full staff of great butchers. They always have prime ribeyes, NY strips, and tenderloin, as well as a full selection of green wise cuts which are hormone and antibiotic free angus beef. Regular grade publix choice is not angus. They also have a very good selection of organic produce. It's a great place to shop and was recently featured in Fortune 500 magazine.
    Narcoossee, FL

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