See tips on how to cook a ribeye on a charcoal grill. The steaks at Kitchen Southern Hospitality (KSH) always taste tender, juicy, and delicious thanks to my grilling chef husband.

Need to know the steps on how to grill ribeyes on a simple charcoal grill? Keep reading for the details on grilling with a charcoal chimney.

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Charcoal Grilling with a Smokestack (Charcoal Chimney)

First, you’ve gotta make sure the grill and grate are clean and ready for grilling.

Hubs says it takes about ten minutes for the coals to get hot hot. He uses this thing that looks sort of like a smokestack.

The word “smokestack” was the first thing that came to mind when I thought of how he grills. If you look up the meaning of the word, we’d for sure take off on a political path. Read Wikipedia’s first definition:

“Smokestacks are large industrial chimneys used in the process of combusting mostly fossil fuels in furnaces ….” Need I say more? I won’t – except that the kind of smokestack I’m talking about looks like this:


Charcoal Chimney

Purchase a charcoal chimney on Amazon, or go to a hardware store to find one.


Our little charcoal grill

Mr. KSH loves to cook on this small charcoal grill. It works great for the two of us. But if I was the one doing the cooking on the grill, I’d be using this grill below because I love the sides for placing items on. And it comes with a charcoal chimney.


14 Tips on How to Cook a Ribeye on a Charcoal Grill

Pour the hot coals into the grill (read the directions on your charcoal chimney), then do the following tips:

  1. Add hickory wood chips on the sides.
  2. Add a handful of fresh garden oregano and basil on top of the coals (optional).
  3. Close the cover.
  4. First you sear the steak so wait about a minute then open the cover and put a steak on the grate at an angle.
  5. Close the cover.
  6. Wait 1 min, 15 seconds then open the cover and flip the steak.
  7. Wait another 1 minute and 15 seconds.
  8. Keep all the vents open to circulate air and make the fire hotter.
  9. Open cover and flip the steak over.
  10. Wait 1 minute and 15 seconds (1 min and 45 seconds if you like medium well).
  11. Open the cover and drip butter onto the steak.
  12. Remove the steak from the grill and allow it to set with the juices (mixture of melted butter and the steak’s natural juice) inside foil for 20 minutes.
  13. Carefully remove the steak, keeping the juice inside the foil, and set on a plate.
  14. Pour the juice onto the steak, and it’s ready to serve.

If grilling on a charcoal grill is new to you, you’ll see that grilling becomes easier each time you grill. Never give up on preparing the perfect charcoal-grilled ribeye.

Use a Steak Branding Iron

Hubs and I absolutely love ribeyes. He purchased a steak branding iron of a heart. It’s the cutest thing. Makes a romantic steak dinner special. Here’s one like it on Amazon:

The heart branding iron is inexpensive and delights your guests. 

You can find steak branding irons with all kinds of designs and initials. It adds a special touch to serving steaks to family and friends. Check this one out with changeable letters:

Sides to Serve with Ribeyes

Serve your ribeyes with healthy vegetables like squash, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, garlic red potatoes, and/or a salad. Make one of the veggie sides below that I’ve served with meals.

Baked Squash Casserole

Baked Squash Casserole

Broccoli & Apple Salad

salad to add to your 21-day fix plan
Broccoli & Apple Salad

Brussels sprouts

Brussels sprouts
Brussels Sprouts Topped with Cheese & Bacon

Easy Coleslaw with Sugar-Free Homemade Dressing Recipe

Easy Coleslaw

Grill Multiple Meat – Ribeyes and Hamburgers

When Mr. KSH cooks ribeyes, he usually cooks a pan full of hamburgers as well. We love to eat the ribeyes hot off the grill then save the hamburgers for later. They make great leftovers. Some go in the fridge, and the rest I’ll put in freezer bags and freeze them. 

Note: If you decide to cook different types of meats right after the ribeyes, like chicken, be sure to read information about grilling safety. The Rules of Separation at the Grill is a good article you may want to check out.

Ribeye Recipes

Ribeye & Onions Pressure Cooker Meal

Sometimes I like to slice the leftover ribeye and make multiple meals oiut of it.

Ribeye Leftovers

Leftover Ribeye Chili

Chili on a chilly fall day with leftover ribeye … mmmm good.

Ribeye Chili for Two

Of course, the best ribeye is juicy, tender, and hot off the grill.


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