Denver Steak on the Grill

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Denver Steak is juicy, tender, and packed with beefy flavor. With a simple dry brine, this easy steak recipe is perfect for a weeknight meal.

Sliced steak on black platter. Text reads "Denver Steak on the Grill".

Denver Steak on the Grill

When you’re craving a flavorful, satisfying steak dinner, but don’t want another run-of-the-mill cut, look no further than my awesome grilled Denver Steaks. The beefy flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture provide a unique experience you won’t get in any other steak. With a simple dry brine and my foolproof two-zone grilling method, you’ll be sitting down to a steakhouse-quality meal any night of the week. Fire up your grills, and let’s help you become a backyard BBQ hero and feed the people you love.

Raw sirloin on baking sheet.

What is Denver Steak?

Denver steak is a newer cut of beef that comes from the chuck. Specifically, it comes from under the shoulder blade on the animal . This unique muscle produces a well-marbled, tender steak when cut across the grain. Denver steaks have a rich beefy flavor similar to a ribeye, but are totally unique. This hidden gem of a steak gained popularity in the early 2000s in an effort to better used undervalued cuts.

Dry Brine for Steak

For this recipe, I’m using a simple dry brine. This technique seasons your steak more deeply than a last-minute sprinkle of salt. By salting the exterior of the steaks and allowing them to rest for an hour or two, the salt dissolves and is absorbed into the meat. This not only seasons the steak throughout but also helps tenderize it. For best results, use coarse Kosher salt and let your steaks dry brine uncovered in the refrigerator for 1-1 ½ hours.

Steak on metal baking sheet being seasoned with Beef Rub.

How Long to Grill Denver Steak

If you want achieve perfectly cooked Denver steaks with a nicely browned crust, then I recommend using a two-zone grilling setup with of temp around 275 degrees F. Start by cooking the steaks over indirect heat, until they reach an internal temperature of 115-120°F. This low and slow cooking allows the steaks to gently come up to temperature and stay juicy. Then, move the steaks over direct high heat for a quick sear on both sides to develop a flavorful crust.

  • Rare: 125 degrees F
  • Medium Rare: 135 degrees F
  • Medium: 145 degrees F 
  • Medium Well: 155 degrees F
  • Well Done: 160 degrees F

Remember always use a reliable meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of your steaks to ensure your desired doneness.

Finishing and Slicing

Once your steaks have reached temperature, remove them to a cutting board, then allow them to rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. This resting period allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat. This ensures each bite is juicy, tender, and full of beefy flavor.

I like topping my rested steaks with a pat of unsalted butter and a sprinkle of freshly cracked black pepper for added flavor. While you can certainly use a compound butter, these Denver steaks are so tasty on their own they don’t need much dressing up. When slicing your steaks, be sure to cut across the grain into square-shaped pieces for maximum tenderness.

Raw sirloin on grill grates over indirect heat.

How to Cook Denver Steak

Now for the moment you’ve been waiting for, I’ll walk you how to grill this one-of-a-kind steak to tender perfection every time. Follow these simple steaks and you’ll have incredible Denver steaks in no time:

  1. Dry brine steaks. Season the Denver steaks generously with coarse Kosher salt on all sides, then place on a plate and refrigerate for 1-1 ½ hours, allowing the salt to tenderize the meat. Once the surface looks slightly dry and the salt has mostly dissolved, pat the steaks with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture or salt.
  2. Preheat grill. Set up your preferred grill for two-zone grilled with an overall temperature of around 275°F. Check out my guide on How to Cook with Two-Zone Grilling if you need a refresher.
  3. Grill the steak. Place your dry brined steaks on the indirect heat side of your grill, then close the lid and cook for 15-20 minutes. Flip the steaks, close the lid again, and continue cooking until your steaks reach an internal temp of around 115 degrees F. This will give all that intramuscular fat time to render down and give your steak that rich, beefy flavor.
  4. Sear the steaks. Move the steaks over to the hot side of the grill and sear for 2-3 minutes per side, until a beautiful brown crust develops.
  5. Rest and season. Transfer your steaks to a cutting board when they reach your desired doneness. Top each steak with a pad of unsalted butter and a sprinkle of freshly cracked black pepper. Then let them rest while your steaks melt and absorb all the rich butter.
  6. Slice and serve. Slice the rested steaks across the grain into even, mostly squared pieces, then serve immediately and savor each tender, juicy, flavorful bite.
Grilled steak over hot charcoals.

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Denver Steak on the Grill

By: Susie Bulloch
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Denver Steak is juicy, tender, and packed with beefy flavor. With a simple dry brine, this easy steak recipe is perfect for a weeknight meal.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time50 minutes
Dry Brining Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time2 hours 30 minutes
Servings2 people


  • 2 8-12 ounce Denver steak
  • 1/4 cup Kosher salt


  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper fresh cracked
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter cut into pads


  • Dry brine steaks. Season the steaks on all sides with the coarse Kosher salt. Set the steaks on a plate and refrigerate for 1-1.5 hours, or until the salt has almost all dissolved and the surface of the steak looks slightly dry. Pat the steaks with a paper towel to remove any excess moisture or salt.
    2 8-12 ounce Denver steak, 1/4 cup Kosher salt
  • Preheat grill. Preheat your grill for two-zone cooking with one side of the grill having no heat or coals and the other piled with hot coals or the burners set to medium high. Overall temperature of the grill should be around 275 degrees F.
  • Grill over indirect heat. Place the dry brined denver steaks on the indirect heat side of the grill. Close the lid and cook for 15-20 minutes. Flip and close the lid. Continue cooking until the steak reaches 115-120 degrees F.
  • Sear the steaks. Move the steaks to the direct heat side of the grill and sear on all sides for 2-3 minutes per side until a nice crust has developed.
  • Rest and season. Remove the steaks to a cutting board when they reach 130-135 degrees F. Season with fresh cracked black pepper and a couple of pads of butter. Let the butter melt over the hot steaks while they rest.
    1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • Slice and serve. Slice the steaks into pieces against the grain across the narrow side of the steaks. Each slice will look more like a square than a long rectangle.
    1/4 cup unsalted butter


Calories: 593kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.3g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 20g | Trans Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 185mg | Sodium: 7229mg | Potassium: 787mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 0.01g | Vitamin A: 391IU | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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