Grilling, Smoking and Barbecuing Recipes

Butter Basted Fork Tendered Steak

Butter Basted Fork Tendered Steak recipe


  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 sticks Salted Challenge Butter, divided
  • Ribeye steaks
  • 3 feet butchers twine per steak
  • Nonstick cooking spray


  1. Combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and paprika in a bowl or plastic bag. Reserve 1 tablespoon of seasoning for basting butter and set the remaining aside to season the steak.
  2. Using a fork or a meat tenderizer with needle blades, probe the entire surface of steak on both sides two to three times.
  3. The steaks will flatten during tenderizing stage so you will have to reshape steak with the twine. Gather steaks with your hands and pull them in to reshape them.
  4. Once reshaped, snugly wrap butchers twine around perimeter of the steak three times and tie it off. Trim excess from ends.
  5. Season steak with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon spices per side based on preference, and let the meat rest for 20 to 30 minutes before cooking.
  6. Melt one stick of Challenge Butter and combine with one tablespoon of seasoning.
  7. As steaks are resting, preheat grill to 500 to 525 degrees F.
  8. Spray one side of steak with nonstick cooking spray and place it on the grill. Cook for 2 1/2 minutes.
  9. Spray top side of each steak with nonstick spray, flip and baste with butter/seasoning mixture. Grill for another two and a half minutes.
  10. Flip the steaks and rotate them 90 degrees, baste with butter mixture and grill for another 2 1/2 minutes.
  11. Flip steaks, baste and check internal temperature. Cook to desired doneness. (125 degrees F for medium rare, 130 degrees F for medium, or 140 degrees F for well done.)
  12. Remove from grill and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  13. Add a dollop of Challenge butter and serve.


Loren and Cheryl Hill are world champion pit masters who have competed on the professional BBQ circuit for last eleven years. “The Smoking Hills” earned 3 World Championships in 2015: The American Royal Invitational, World Food Championships BBQ, and World Food Championships Overall.

Recipe and photo used with permission from: Challenge Dairy

Recipe by: The Smoking Hills

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