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Searing steak question

DawgtiredDawgtired Posts: 276
edited 2:33AM in EggHead Forum
I posted earlier about needing a new dome thermometer and whether to get the 150-750 or the 200-1000. This leads me to another question. I have always nuked my egg to sear a steak but I read somwehere, I think Adam Perry Lang's book that 650 is the correct temperature to sear a steak. I always wondered if I was burning the fat by having such a high temp/flame. Your thoughts?

PS I can't get my thermometer out of the egg. I've even tried pliers. Any suggestions?


  • FlaPoolmanFlaPoolman Posts: 11,675
    I usually sear a steak at 400-450 dome but I'll put a grid on the spider close to the 1200 degree lump
  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,248
    I go 550-600 depending on thickness of steak. Try not to use a rub with sugar as it will burn.

  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 12,994
    Same here. 400° dome. Except I put a small CI grid directly on the coals for the sear. Add a grid higher up for the roast. Doing it as we speak, in fact. :)

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!


    Central Connecticut 

  • don't forget, the dome temp on a high heat cook is an indication of how much lump is ignited and burning at 1200+ degrees .

    dome might say 650, but the searing is taking place from the direct heat from the lump, at 1200-1500 degrees... or more.

    650 means a smaller fire, not a cooler one.

    fwiw, i used to sear at 750 plus, mainly because i could.

    650 700 is fine for me now. no need to be the hero
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  • BBQMavenBBQMaven Posts: 1,041
    As for the thermometer - once you have the clip off the inside you may find there is a "gunk" build up behind it on the stem of the thermometer - Options:
    1- try to scrape it clean and then remove
    2- tin snips and cut it off at the base on the outside and let it drop through
    3- a little scrapping and a hammer to drive it out (like removing a nail from a board)

    hope this helps
    Kent Madison MS
  • That's what I assumed happened. I already banged the tip to the hole but that's as far as it will go. I'll try and figure it out tomorrow.
  • BBQMavenBBQMaven Posts: 1,041
    Since your going to replace it... snip it off on the outside and push the "now cut" stem back through the inside...
    Kent Madison MS
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