Cowboy Steak and Whiskey Butter

Craving a delicious steak? Try our Cowboy Steak and Whiskey Butter recipe for a gourmet restaurant-style meal you can DIY. Just add a side of mashed potatoes or a baked potato and dinner is done.

Cowboy Steak and Whiskey Butter
Prep Time:
20 mins
Grill Time:
25 mins
Stand Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 tablespoon New Mexican chile powder or chile powder

  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chile powder

  • ½ tablespoon smoked paprika

  • ½ tablespoon white pepper

  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon Sugar-in-the-Raw

  • 2 1 inch thick bone-in ribeye steaks, (about 1 pound each)

  • 2 slices Whiskey Butter (see recipe below)

Whiskey Butter

  • 2 sticks unsalted butter

  • 2 shallots, soaked in whiskey

  • 3 teaspoon minced parsley

  • ½ teaspoon Dijon-style mustard

  • ½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 3 teaspoon Jack Daniel's whiskey

  • ½ teaspoon sea salt or salt

  • Ground white pepper to taste


  1. For rub, in bowl combine chile powders, paprika, white pepper, black pepper, and sugar.*

  2. Prepare grill for direct cooking over low heat (about 300 degrees F). Meanwhile, let meat come to room temperature about 20 minutes before grilling. Pat meat with paper towels to remove excess moisture. Just before grilling, brush steaks with oil. Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of rub and a little salt on steaks; pat in with fingers.

  3. Place steaks directly over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes. Turn and grill 5 more minutes for medium-rare doneness. Remove from grill. Let rest at least 5 minutes.

  4. Top hot steaks with Whiskey Butter. To serve, slice steaks. Makes 4 servings.

Whiskey Butter

  1. Combine butter, shallot, parsley, mustard, Worcestershire, Jack Daniel's, salt, and white pepper. Mix well. Drop butter in spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Roll in plastic and smooth out to form a round log. Refrigerate until hard and easy to cut, at least 3 hours. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or freeze for up to 3 months.

*Store rub, covered, up to 3 months.

Direct Grilling:

For this method, the food is placed on the grill rack directly over the heat source. Direct grilling is best for searing and cooking small, tender cuts that cook in 30 minutes or less, such as steaks, burgers, or boneless chicken.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

383 Calories
23g Fat
7g Carbs
35g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 383
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 116mg 39%
Sodium 435mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 35g
Vitamin C 5.9mg 30%
Calcium 40.4mg 3%
Iron 4.7mg 26%
Potassium 654mg 14%
Folate, total 16.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 4.9mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.6mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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