Chuck Eye Steak1 What is a chuck eye steak? It is often referred to as the poor man’s rib eye and that is for good reason. Rib eyes are cut from the 6th to the 12th rib of the cow. The chuck eye is cut off the 5th rib. Don’t confuse them with chuck steaks. These are chuck EYE steaks. There are only two chuck eye steaks per cow so they aren’t always available. But when they are, they are quite the treat at a much discounted rate from the lauded rib eye:

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That’s an 11.2 ounce steak for under six bucks!

The chuck eye does not quite have the flavor of the rib eye, particularly the money muscle around the top, outer edge, and isn’t quite as tender, but it is darn close. And for the price difference, it’s well worth the slight downgrade. To compensate for it not quite being a rib eye, I don’t recommend taking the chuck eye steak beyond medium. It also marries well with a marinade prior to grilling or basting during. I always keep my steaks below medium, and opted for the basting with some Andria’s Steak Sauce while I grilled it.


2 chuck eye steaks
Black pepper
White pepper
Andria’s Steak Sauce, reserved for later

No amounts here. I kept it uber simple with this one.

The chuck eye steaks out of their cellophane prison:

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That’s some good looking meat!

Time to season before we prep the grill:

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Ready to Season

Hit it with salt, black and white pepper:

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Prepare the grill for high heat, two zone grilling with coals or burners blaring hot on one side and nothing on the other side. In this case, I used the upper rack of my Char-Broil TRU Infrared as the second zone.

Before we go any further, if your grill doesn’t get lava hot anymore, then your steak is going to get roasted rather than seared. Those grill marks are going to be more like grill shadows of what your grill used to be. Before you junk the grill and buy a new one, a lot of the times there is a simple fix. A faulty fuel regulator is MUCH cheaper to replace than the entire grill and surprisingly simple to replace. Let the fine folks at help you out getting that grill back into shape.

Place the steak on the hot side of the grill and rotate after 3-4 minutes 45 degrees to get those perfect grill marks:

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After another 3-4 minutes flip over and repeat on the other side:

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Can you say Grill Marks?

Don’t forget the basting of Andria’s Steak Sauce after the sear and the first flip:

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Mmmm, basted goodness!

After it is seared, rotated and seared again on the other side (and grill marks achieved on both sides), flip over and transfer to the cool zone, in this case the top rack of my Char-Broil TRU Infrared:

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I’m hungry just looking at that!

Another layer of sultry, savory deliciousness from Andria’s:

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Don’t forget the other steak. The one above was for my Father in Law who likes his steaks medium. The one below is mine, with more great grill marks, which I cooked a bit short of medium:

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How much short of medium did I go with mine? You tell me:

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And a bonus shot of that wonderful redness!

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This steak was outstanding. It was highly equivalent to the man part of the rib eye (not the outer money muscle of the much more expensive rib eye), at a much reduced cost. It was tender, juicy and with the added Andria’s, had a ton of flavor. I will be on the look out for these in the future. I plan on stocking my freezer with them. At that price, they are the perfect steak to stock up on particularly with beef prices on the rise.

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What is a Chuck Eye Steak?
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Steak
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Serves: 2
Definition of what a chuck eye steaks are and how to simply grill them
  • 2 chuck eye steaks
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • White pepper
  • Andria’s Steak Sauce, reserved for later
  1. Coat the steaks with with salt, black and white pepper then prepare the grill
  2. Set the grill for high heat, two zone grilling - blaring hot on one side and cool on the other
  3. Place the steaks on the hot side of the grill, sear for 3-4 minutes, rotate 45 degrees and sear for another 3-4 minutes to get great grill marks
  4. Flip over and repeat the searing process after slathering with Andria's Steak Sauce.
  5. Once the other side is seared, moved to the side with no heat, slather with Andria's and close the lid to bake until the desired doneness.
  6. Bake for 4 minutes to get to medium rare and 8 minutes for medium. Do not cook beyond medium

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas, the Original Grillin’ Fool, was sent off to college with a suitcase and a grill where he overcooked, undercooked and burned every piece of meat he could find. After thousands of failures, and quite a few successes, nearly two decades later he started a website to show step by step, picture by picture, foolproof instructions on how to make great things out of doors so that others don’t have to repeat the mistakes he’s made on the grill.
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It is rare that I see chuck eye steaks at our stores but the next time I will give them a try, yours looks great.



I rarely see them either, but when I do I grab all I can which is usually two!


Great looking steaks! Thanks for sharing this, I’d not seen the cut before and will definitely be in the lookout for them


I live in SE Michigan – my local meijer often has CAB chuckeye roasts and steaks for under $4/lb. For my money its some of the best meat locally available (aside from more expensive cuts and down in eastern market)

I feel like a thief every time my local grocery store has this on sale. It’s normally $6.49/lb (already a deal for how good it is) but just a few days ago had it on sale for $3.49/lb. Yes, please! I took all five packages.

I tried this cut of steak on a whim a couple years ago and fell in love with it. It’s harder to find than most. I’ve noticed that when my local grocer does a huge deal (BOGO, 50% off) on their chuck roasts then that’s when they have a ton of chuck-eye steaks and I snatch up as much as I can.



Excellent tip on when to find these as I rarely find them myself…


I found this page from Google because I have to know how to cook
beef(from chuck part) which on grilled, while I am searching key word
“chuck eye”.
This part of beef, Chuck eye is more cheaper than
others. High oil and hard meat if cooked over, so I prefer what you said
: Beyond medium!!! Thanks.
BUT reeking of meat if too rare…><


Stop telling the world about my secret steak!! Its all I buy. Unfortunately the prices have risen over the last year


My son in law was a meat cutter for a major grocer in the area, he turned me onto chuck eye steaks ten yrs ago, and I’ll never go back, the problem is, that the meat cutters have first pick! LOL


KW, yes they do! I rarely find them, but when I do, I buy all of them I can…


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