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A perfectly cooked eye fillet steak with mashed potato, gravy, vegetables and sauce


After cooking this mouth-watering juicy eye fillet steak, you might find your backyard smoker becoming a neighbourhood tourist attraction. A reverse seared eye fillet is one of those cuts that no matter how you cook it, people will still say, "well done!"

Tools and materials


  • 1 slab of eye fillet
  • Olive oil
  • Salt to taste



1 hour, depending on finish

Closeup of an outdoor barbecue in an outdoor dining area

2Set the temperature

Slowly bring the temperature of your smoker to 200°C.  (Reverse searing differs from fast searing in that the temperature rises gradually to minimise shocking the protein.

3Prepare the eye fillet

While your smoker is reaching temperature, trim the silver skin off your eye fillet and season with salt and oil.

4Smoke the eye fillet

Once the temperature has been reached, place your eye fillet on the top rack of your smoker and cook to your desired finish. As a rule of thumb:

  • 50°C = Rare
  • 58°C = Medium-rare
  • 65°C = Medium
  • 70°C = Medium-well done
An eye fillet ready to be smoked in a BBQ

5Sear the eye fillet

Now it’s time for the searing. Place your eye fillet on the grill rack, directly above the hot coals. Close the lid and sear for 5 minutes on each side.

A smoked eye fillet being placed on the grill for searing

6Rest the eye fillet

Take your eye fillet off the grill rack and let it rest for 15 minutes before serving.

An eye fillet being cut into after having rested

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