Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 20 mins

This recipe contains a flavorful and simple technique for grilling beef steak, which also works well on pork ribs. The result is savory, juicy meat.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 rib eye steaks or 4 New York strip steaks or 4 sirloin steaks (1 1/2" thick)
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • 12 teaspoon salt


  1. Stir the hot water, salt, and cayenne pepper together and let stand, covered.
  2. Bring steaks to room temperature.
  3. Pat them dry with paper towels.
  4. Grill steaks over direct heat, basting each side twice with a small spoonful of the pepper mixture during grilling.
  5. Cook the steaks for about 10 minutes per side, depending on their thickness, the heat of your flame, and your preference for degree of doneness.
  6. I prefer to grill with charcoal for its added flavor.
Most Helpful

Delicious steaks! I halved the recipe and used 2 New York Strip steaks. I used "hot" cayenne pepper and the steaks had a nice "kick". Will make again! Thanks Northwest Lynnie for the recipe!

Kim D. April 21, 2005

I love simple, delicious recipes so when I spotted this one I knew I had to try it. I cooked two rib-eyes, using this technique and they were great. They don't really LOOK much different than a plain, grilled steak but you'll notice the difference with your first bite! There's a nice, subtle (to us, but we're chili-heads) zing from the cayenne. Thanks for posting this Lynnie, I enjoyed doing something different with grilled steak!

Hey Jude June 12, 2004