Cowboy Butter Steak

  • By: Jack Mancuso

Cowboy Butter Steak - Cuso Cuts

Cowboy Butter Steak

Prep Time

20 mins

Cook Time

10 mins

Total Time

29 mins


Main Dish




If you watch my videos on TikTokYoutube, or Instagram, it quickly becomes evident that I am a sauce guy. There are so many ways that sauce can be the proverbial icing on the cake for recipes. This Cowboy Butter Steak features a sumptuous compound butter, best for dipping on the side of your beef.

You can use whatever type of steak you prefer. However, richer steaks sometimes take the whole dish over the top. The steak and sauce fight each other because they both have fatty content. This is why I’ve chosen a filet (or flank steak).

If you don’t have avocado oil, substitute olive oil. You can potentially use margarine instead of butter, but the sauce has a greasy aftertaste if you do. Ghee is a much better choice.

Cowboy Butter Steak Ingredients

  • 1 Beef filet or flank steak (per person)
  • Salt
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • ½ Lemon, juiced
  • 1 tbsp chives
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¼ tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup Butter
  • Cuso’s Hot Honey BBQ Rub

If you have leftover butter, cool it until nearly solid. Shape into a tube about 2” in diameter. Wrap it in plastic. Use slices at a time whenever you wish.

Cowboy Butter Steak Instructions

  1. You’ll make the sauce first, so you don’t have to fuss with it when the steaks are hot and ready.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan. 
  3. Add the paprika, pepper flakes, and lemon.
  4. Follow with the rest of your herbs over a low heat
  5. Let them simmer for 3-5 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat. Set aside.
  6. Salt the steak on both sides and let it rest for 10 minutes. This will make for a crispier finish.
  7. Pat the steak dry
  8. Put a frying pan (preferably iron) with the avocado oil on high heat.
  9. When the oil reaches 400F, gently sear the edge of the steak
  10. Now lay the steak down for about 3 minutes per side. You can go a little longer if you’re unhappy with the sear.
  11. Check your butter. If it’s too cool, warm it up a bit. 
  12. Cut the finished steak into slices using a well-sharpened kitchen knife.
  13. Either drizzle the cowboy butter over the top or serve it on the side in a dipping bowl.

PitMaster’s Memo: What is Cowboy Butter?

The simplest definition of Cowboy Butter is a blend of spicy herbs and butter into a sauce. It goes together quickly, and you can certainly tinker with the basics based on your tastes. And, while you may have only heard of this blend on beef, Cowboy Sauce isn’t just for steaks. Try it with shrimp, on top of hot rolls, and as a baste for chicken. 

Historically no one really knows how the name came about. There is no way that the Cowboys were carrying around all those ingredients. So, we can only guess that “cowboy” sounded hardy, and the sauce rises to that description easily. 


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