This Gordon Ramsay Grilled Ribeye recipe uses the most flavorful rub

TX - Gordon Ramsay (L) and Texan chef, Justin Yu, go head-to-head during the final cook in Texas. (Credit: National Geographic/Justin Mandel)
TX - Gordon Ramsay (L) and Texan chef, Justin Yu, go head-to-head during the final cook in Texas. (Credit: National Geographic/Justin Mandel) /

As Gordon Ramsay Uncharted Season 3 premiere heads to Texas, this Gordon Ramsay Grilled Ribeye recipe could become the star of many home cooks summer barbecue. While the popular phrase everything is bigger in Texas might be overused, the flavors in this steak recipe are quite bold. In some ways, it might have home cooks rethink just using salt and pepper on a steak.

Grilling a perfect steak is a skill. While many Hell’s Kitchen chefs have had Ramsay’s wrath for not properly cooking beef to the correct temperature, that aspect is only one part of a delicious piece of beef.

Of course, the beef itself must be a high-quality product. As seen in the Texas episode, the local cattlemen take pride in producing beautiful beef. Since Texas is number one in beef production in the United States, everyone expects a cut above.

With this Gordon Ramsay grilled ribeye recipe, it starts with a perfectly marbled ribeye. The pockets of flavor from the marbling are enhanced by the rub. As the first taste starts the journey, the following bites lead you down a winding path of deliciousness.

What makes the rub special in this Gordon Ramsay Grilled Ribeye recipe?

Since Gordon Ramsay Uncharted is all about showcasing local ingredients, flavors and traditions, this Texas inspired recipe brings a flavorful heat to the plate. While the ribeye is never overshadowed, the rub might be the recipe that becomes a favorite.

In the Gordon Ramsay Uncharted Season 3 premiere, Justin Yu is the local expert. A James Beard Award winning chef, Yu owns Theodore Rex, a highly acclaimed restaurant. With this dishes, Yu highlights local, fresh Texas ingredients and traditions while incorporating his Michelin star training.

When asked about the importance of bringing traditions and various flavors to recipes, Yu said, “Sharing a border with Mexico is ingrained into Texas. Our culture is shaped with our relationships with our friends to the south, including the food– Tex-Mex cuisine was birthed this way! This recipe is a great reflection of how ingredients shape even the most Texan of traditions: grilling and smoked barbecue using dried chiles and nopales as strong influences in this delicious dish.”

By blending the ingredients and traditions, this recipe offers a delicious flavor. The secret to this recipe is the coffee-ancho rub. While coffee is often used on pork, the combination of the slightly bitter notes from the coffee and the heat from the chiles looks to hit all the flavor profiles. Given the richness of the ribeye, the beef can stand up to the bolder rub.

Since the coffee-ancho chili rub has spice, bitter and sweet, the ribeye gets a lovely crust when it hits the grill. While a hot grill or pan is imperative to get the good sear, the touch of char adds to the enjoyment. Cooked to a perfect medium rare, this ribeye might become a new special meal tradition.

Here’s how to make the Gordon Ramsay Grilled Ribeye recipe.

Coffee-ancho Chile Rub

  • 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
  • 2 tablespoons finely ground coffee or espresso
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 2 tablespoons aleppo pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried ginger (could use less)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the ribeye, liberally cover the steak with 2-3 tablespoons of the rub on each side. Let the steaks come to room temperature for at least 30 minutes to an hour.

Also, additional rub can be kept in an airtight container for up to one month. Even though this rub is intended for the steaks, it can be used on other proteins.

The steaks are cooked on the grill, in a cast iron skillet or other preferred method. A good char on the steaks will help to seal in all that flavor.

While these steaks are delicious on their own, in the Gordon Ramsay Uncharted episode, they are served with grilled nopales chimichurri. The nopales are combined with herbs, onions, garlic and olive oil to make the chimichurri. The combination of the brightness from the chimichurri and the robust flavors from the steak are perfection.

This Gordon Ramsay grilled ribeye recipe shows that a great rub can enhance the flavor of a beautiful steak. Even if you are not a morning coffee drinker, it might be time to experiment with some coffee. That flavor boost is definitely a wake up call.

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