Grilled T Bone Steak Recipe

Join us as we discuss the distinction between a T-Bone and a Porterhouse, as well as the ideal method for preparing a T-Bone steak.

Check out our summary of the two-zone grilling technique if you’re looking for instructions on how to set up the grill with charcoal.

The cuts, which combine the strip loin (NY Strip) and tenderloin and are taken from various ends of the short loin, are the same steak and are kept connected to the T-shaped bone to provide the best of two excellent cuts.

Since the T-Bone is located farther toward the front of the short loin, there is a much smaller portion of the tenderloin as it tapers off. Technically, the tenderloin cut needs to be between.5 inches and up to 1.25 inches for a T-Bone; over 1.25 inches you are in Porterhouse territory. The Porterhouse is the larger of the two cuts and has a more distinct tenderloin as it comes from closer to the rear of the cow.

How to Grill T-Bone Steak | Recipe

Grilled T-Bone Steaks 🔗

Although this recipe is extremely simple, you need to be careful not to overcook you Grilled T-Bone Steaks.

Total: 45 min


  • 2 (1 1/2-inch-thick) T-bone steaks (3 pounds total), flaps cut off if necessary, at room temperature 30 minutes
  • 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • an instant-read thermometer


  1. Prepare grill for cooking over medium-hot charcoal (moderate heat for gas). (If using a charcoal grill, open vents on bottom of grill, then light charcoal. When Charcoal turns grayish white (about 15 minutes from lighting), hold your hand 5 inches above grill rack to determine heat for charcoal as follows: Hot: When you can hold your hand there for 1 to 2 seconds; Medium-hot: 3 to 4 seconds; Low: 5 to 6 seconds. If using a gas grill, preheat burners on high, covered, 10 minutes, then, if necessary, reduce to heat specified in recipe.)
  2. Pat steaks dry and sprinkle all over with sea salt and pepper. Grill steaks on lightly oiled grill rack, covered only if using a gas grill, turning over once, until thermometer inserted horizontally 2 inches into meat (do not touch bone) registers about 120°F for rare, 9 to 11 minutes.
  3. Transfer steaks to a cutting board and let stand, uncovered, 10 minutes before slicing. (Internal temperature will rise to 125-128°F while steaks stand.)


How long do I cook a T-bone steak on the grill?

If you prefer your T-bone steak cooked more, plan on adding another 2-5 minutes of cook time per doneness level (for example, 20-25 minutes for medium). Most T-bone steaks take about 15-20 minutes to cook on the grill to medium-rare and another 5-10 minutes for resting.

How do you grill a T-bone steak?

Pre-heat a gas grill to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove steaks from the refrigerator 30 minutes before grilling. Season with salt and black pepper (to taste). Place steaks on the grill. Grill for 6-7 minutes per side, or until an internal temperature of 150 degrees Fahrenheit is reached for medium.

Do you put butter on steak before grilling?

Vegetables or fish cooked at a lower temperature may be basted with butter while they cook. Grill your meats first without the butter, then add butter when the meat is about 10 degrees away from your target temperature.

Should t-bone steaks be marinated?

T-bone steaks are tender, so simple seasonings are enough. Salt and pepper are essential when it comes to seasoning your steak. Some people marinate t-bone steaks with olive oil and other ingredients, but marinating is more appropriate for tougher cuts like a sirloin tip.

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