Porterhouse Steak Recipe

Porterhouse Steak Recipe

A Porterhouse Steak is a man steak. It’s cut from the short loin of the primal and contains both the New York Strip and the Filet. So you get two steaks for one – plus a big ol’ bone to gnaw on! Cooking a Porterhouse Steak isn’t different that any other steak – you just need some good, high heat and a few seasonings. For this cook, I decided to see how a pellet grill can sear a big ol’ steak…. And to be fair, I cooked the same steak side-by-side on a propane grill. I fired up my Traeger Pro 780 to the max temperature – 450 degrees – and placed a set of extra Grill Grates right on top. These GrillGrates just happened to fit perfect… got lucky on that one! Then I fired up my Weber Genesis gas grill and held it right at the same temp. I used my GrillGrates from my PK Grill and they worked perfectly for this experiment. Each steak was seasoned with a medium coat of Big Poppa Smokers Cash Cow – which is a great first stage beef rub. I let the seasoning start working on these steaks while the grills came up to temp… it took about 10-15 minutes. Then, right before I was ready to cook, I hit both steaks with my Killer Hogs Steak Rub for a little extra flavor and texture. Both steaks went on the grill at the same time and cooked for 4 minutes each side – giving a twist half way through for those cross-hatch marks. TIP: Be sure to press down lightly on your Porterhouse Steaks (especially around the bone) to you get good surface contact and have defined grill marks. After 4 minutes, I flipped each steak and repeated the same process. You want to be sure to check the internal temps so you get the exact doneness your looking for. I like to use my Thermoworks Thermapen – and I pull them around 125 internal and except them to carryover to a perfect medium rare. After about 8 minutes both steaks on both grills were done. And instead of adding my steak butter to the top, I placed 2 pats of steak butter on a platter and set my hot steak – straight from the grill – directly on top. As the steaks rested, it melted the butter and mixed with all the steak drippings to what I’m calling my “Delicious Steak Dipping Sauce”. After the rest, I poured the butter in a small bowl for serving and cut each steak up! The Weber steak had some great grill marks, but you could really pick up an extra smoky flavor on the Traeger steak. Both steaks were great – but I had to give it to the Traeger Steak as the better tasting one. These pellet smokers aren’t just for cooking low and slow – you can fire them up and sear at high temps. I wouldn’t even be scared to use them in a Steak Contest! But if you are cooking a steak, don’t forget the GrillGrates – they make all the difference in the appearance of a great Porterhouse Steak. Print
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Porterhouse Steak Recipe


  • 2 24oz porterhouse steaks
  • Big Poppa Smokers Cash Cow
  • Killer Hogs Steak Rub
  • Steak Butter *recipe below

Steak Butter

  • – 1 Stick of Butter (room temperature)
  • – 2-3 Cloves Roasted Garlic (smashed)
  • – ½ Tablespoon Shallot (minced)
  • – ½ tea fresh Thyme (chopped fine)
  • – ½ teaspoon fresh Sage (chopped fine)
  • – ½ teaspoon fresh Rosemary (chopped fine)
  • – 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • – ½ teaspoon Cracked Black Pepper


  1. Season porterhouse steaks with Big Poppa Smokers Cash Cow on both sides and allow 10-15 minutes for seasoning to penetrate meat.
  2. Prepare grill for high heat grilling at 450-500 degrees. Grill Grates are optional but will help steak cook evenly and produce better grill marks.
  3. Season porterhouse steaks with Killer Hogs Steak Rub on both sides.
  4. Place steaks directly on grill and lightly press down to ensure good contact.
  5. Grill steaks for 4 minutes each side – rotating half way through to produce crosshatch marks.
  6. Flip steaks and repeat same process.
  7. Using a probe thermometer check the internal temperature and Remove steaks from grill when they have reached the desired doneness.
  8. Place 2 pats of Steak Butter on platter and set finished steak directly on top for a 10 – 15 minute rest.
  9. Place steak on cutting board and pour the remaining Steak Butter Dipping Sauce into a small bowl and serve.
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10 responses to “Porterhouse Steak Recipe”

  1. Henry Medina says:


  2. Kevin M says:

    Hi Malcolm, as always loved recipes, tips, and products. Question – I’m planning on doing this recipe with a few porterhouses for Father’s Day and slicing them up to serve about 10 people. If each steak is 1.75 inches thick, do you still recommend the cook times and temps as stated in the recipe and video? Again, really appreciate it.

    • Kevin M says:

      We’re good. I wound up just monitoring the heck out of the temps. They came out delicious. We did a steakhouse style dinner for my dad and the wife’s dad with the steaks, roasted potatoes, homemade creamed spinach, your baby portabella mushroom recipe, and….lobster tails, using your recipe.
      Malcom, it was amazing. Thank you so much. You’ve made it so easy to
      step up my game with some recipes and simple tips. Not to mention some seasonings and rubs!

  3. William R Adams says:

    We tried the recipe tonight. Great tasting steak. We will use this recipe again, and soon.

  4. Tom Burrill says:

    Tried your steak butter this weekend with T-Bones (butcher was out of the Porterhouse).
    Used my Weber Genesis, I don’t have a set of grill grates but I did get good grill marks.
    I always place a chunk of smoking wood over one of the burners when I am heating up the grill and with the cover down it starts smoking up nicely, and I get that great smoky flavor even with burgers and hot dogs.
    Needless to say, these steaks were out of this world!
    Thank Again for sharing your knowledge.
    PS: that house next door is still for sale if you are looking to move to Massachusetts!

  5. Anne says:

    Love your recipes and videos!! Which grill grates do you recommend without having to spend too much $
    Thank you!

    • Malcom Reed says:

      GrillGrates are the only ones I would recommend… Don’t like the cast iron ones, they are hard to take care of and very heavy.

      • Paul says:

        I bought some Porterhouse steaks yesterday from our local butcher. I also have a Traeger Grill, I’ve owned it for 11 years. I’ve been putting it on high and searing steaks and other meats for a while, but honestly not for about the last 2-3 years. When I found this recipe, and saw the Grill Grates, I ran out and bought some. I can’t believe I’ve not had Grill Grates this whole time. What a difference they make! Anyone buying Grill Grates, it’s important to know your dimensions, but you will be glad you got them. Thank you Malcom!

  6. Daren Eason says:

    I am looking to purchase this exact Traeger Grill, would you recommend it? Also, can you give me some pros & cons? Did you use direct heat when cooking on the Traeger or did you use it as normal?

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