seared ny strip steaks cooked over a pit boss fire pit open fire searing campfire backyard recipe

Open Fire NY Strip Steaks

Open Fire NY Strip Steaks

Category Beef Grill Date Night Healthy
Servings 11
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes

Cancel your dinner reservation! You can make tender, delicious, restaurant-quality steaks at home! Grill them on the barbecue, or try your hand at open-fire searing with the Pit Boss Cowboy Fire Pit

Starting from scratch? Check out our in-depth video that shows you exactly how to break a strip loin down into individual NY strip steaks. We'll also walk you through how to season them and cook them over a live fire on the Pit Boss Cowboy Fire Pit. 

🎥This recipe comes from our Pit Boss Fully Loaded YouTube series where you'll learn how to unlock the full potential of your grill or smoker (or in this case, fire pit) with new recipes and strategies to cook full meals. Load those grills to the max and unleash flavor like never before with expert tips and tricks. Pit Boss Fully Loaded is your ultimate grilling guide.


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seared ny strip steaks cooked over a pit boss fire pit open fire searing campfire backyard recipe


  • 11 NY strip steaks, about 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick
  • Avocado oil
  • Salt & Pepper


  1. Evenly coat each steak with avocado oil to serve as the binder for your seasonings.
  1. Then, season each side evenly with salt and pepper and refrigerate until you’re ready to cook them. (Some prefer to leave their steaks out at room temperature before grilling them, so allow time for this if that’s your preferred method) We prefer to grill them cold to achieve both a medium rare cook with a nice char.
  1. Now it’s time to get your fire started on the Cowboy Fire Pit. The fuel you use is up to you, but we used lump charcoal for this recipe. Once you light the fire, let it burn for around 15 to 20 minutes to develop the embers you’ll want to cook over.
  1. When you’re ready to cook your steaks, place them around the outside edges of the fire pit to start, taking care to avoid any flareups. As your steaks grill over the fire, ensure the grate isn’t too close to the fire and adjust your steaks on the grate as needed.
  1. Grill steaks over the fire, basting with butter as they cook, until they reach an internal temperature of 130°F for a medium rare steak.
  1. Once the steaks reach your desired temperature, remove from the fire pit and rest before serving. Then, enjoy!


Recipe Video

Recipe Note

Pit Boss Pro Tip: To make this recipe on one of our wood pellet grills, follow the same meat prep instructions and grill the steaks at 400°F on the bottom rack until they reach your desired doneness. For that char-grilled flavor, open your Pit Boss sear plate with the Flame Broiler™ Lever to direct-flame sear the meat.