Best Smoked New York Strip Steak

Written by Mike Futia | Updated October 21, 2023

This smoked New York Strip steak recipe on the Traeger results in a juicy and tender steak that's perfect for any backyard gathering.

We're smoking these New York strips to an internal temperature of 110F degrees, then finishing them off on the gas grill to get that killer sear and crust that every steak needs.

These smoked steaks were amazing!

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How To Make Smoked New York Strip Steaks

We usually use our own steak rub recipe, but for this smoker recipe we were in a bit of a rush, and so we decided to hit them with our favorite pre-made rub, Hardcore Carnivore Black, and allowed them to sit counter-side for 30 minutes. 

(Optional: if you have the time, you can also dry-brine your New York Strips).

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We're firing up the Traeger for these smoked New York Strip steaks, going low and slow at 180 degrees for an hour until they hits 110 internal, and then we're transferring them over to the Weber gas grill to finish them off with a nice sear and crust to 130 internal.

These came out just as well as our smoked filet mignon recipe and is a good alternative to grilled New York strips.

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We hit these New York Strips with our favorite pre-made rub, Hardcore Carnivore Black, and allowed them to sit counter-side for 30 minutes.

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The Ingredients

  • New York Strip steaks. For this cook, we grabbed our NY Strips from Costco. So good!
  • Olive oil. To get the rub to adhere, we're coating the steaks with a thin layer of olive oil on all sides.
  • Steak rub. We usually make our own rubs from scratch, but for this cook we went with one of our favorites—Hardcore Carnivore Black. You can also use kosher salt and black pepper.

The Directions

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1. Place New York Strip steaks on a cutting board and apply a thin layer of olive oil on all sides. Then, add rub all over the beef. Allow the rub to settle on the steak for at least 30 minutes on the counter.

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2. Preheat your smoker to 180 degrees F with the wood or pellets of your choosing. For cooking these NY strips, I'm going with pecan pellets in my Traeger!

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3. Insert a meat thermometer into the steak before throwing it on the smoker. You don't want to overcook these New York Strips! My favorite meat thermometer is the MEATER

4. Put the steaks on your smoker and close the lid. 

5. Remove the smoked NY strip steak after they hit 110 internal. For this cook, this took about 60 minutes. 

6. Fire up your gas grill and give the steaks a nice sear and crust, about 3-4 minutes per side. (You can also use a cast iron skillet or GrillGrates).

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7. When your steaks hit 130 internal (or whatever your desired temperature is), pull them off the grill, and let them rest inside for 10 minutes before slicing into them. ENJOY!

Storage Tips

  • To Store. You can store these smoked New York Strip steaks in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. Steak will start to go bad after that. We like to use the leftovers with eggs the next day!
  • To Freeze. You can freeze these leftover steaks if you really want to, but I don't recommend it! 

Sauces

What To Serve With Smoked New York Strip Steak

smoked baked beans

A delicious flavorful side dish that adds a hearty and savory element to the meal.

smoked mac and cheese

A classic comfort food that pairs nicely with the steak.

Recommended Tools

  • Traeger Grill. I love my Traeger 780 for all things smoking!
  • Pellets. I've really been digging the pellets from BBQ'ers Delight.
  • Hardcore Carnivore Black. Again, we usually make our own rubs, but if you're going to go with a pre-made one for steaks, you can't beat this one.
  • Meat Thermometer. I use this MEATER to keep an eye on the internal temp during the cook, and then just to be sure, I also check it with this Thermapen One at the end of the cook just to be extra sure.

The Best Pellet Smoker

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The Traeger 780 is my go-to pellet smoker, and what I use to cook all my smoking recipes. 

Things To Know

How To Smoke New York Strip Steaks

We recommend smoking your New York Strip Steaks at 180 degrees on your smoker until the steaks reach 110 degrees internal. Then, finish them off on a gas grill until they hit 130-135 internal.

Best Temperature For New York Strip Steaks

Cook your steaks until your ideal internal temperature. For us, that's 130 degrees internal, as the steaks will rise a couple of degrees while resting, resulting in a perfect medium-rare temperature.

Smoking Time For New York Strip Steaks

These New York Strips took 60 minutes on the Traeger at 180 degrees to reach an internal temperature of 110 degrees.

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The Best Smoked New York Strip Steak (On The Traeger)

This smoked New York Strip steak recipe on the Traeger results in a juicy and tender steak that's perfect for any backyard gathering. We're smoking these New York strips to 110 degrees internal, then finishing them off on the gas grill to get that killer sear and crust that every steak needs.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 2 people
Calories 204 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 steaks New York Strip steak
  • 1/4 cup seasoning
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Place New York Strip steaks on a cutting board and apply a thin layer of olive oil on all sides. Then, add rub all over. Allow the rub to settle on the steak for at least 30 minutes on the counter.
  • Preheat your smoker to 180 degrees F with the wood or pellets of your choosing.
  • Insert a meat thermometer into the steak before throwing it on the smoker. You don't want to overcook these New York Strips!
  • Put the steaks on your smoker and close the lid. 
  • Remove the steaks after they hit 110 internal. For this cook, this took about 60 minutes. 
  • Fire up your gas grill and give the steaks a nice sear and crust, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  • When your steaks hit 130 internal (or whatever your desired temperature is), pull them off the grill, and let them rest inside for 10 minutes before slicing into them. ENJOY!

Nutrition

Calories: 204kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 3gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 8mgPotassium: 376mgFiber: 13gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 503IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 473mgIron: 11mg
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Mike Futia

Hello, I'm Mike Futia, a passionate griller and BBQ enthusiast. I'm the creator of Grill Frenzy, and I'm committed to sharing my knowledge of grilling and smoking with you. I believe that BBQ and grilling should be accessible to everyone. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, I'm here to guide you on your grilling journey. Welcome!


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