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How to… Barbecue the Tomahawk for 2 (v.2)

I cooked one of your tomahawk steaks yesterday on the bbq and would like to share how I did it as it turned out great.

Fraser Campbell

It seems our Tomahawk’s are indeed a popular choice for the barbecue. We’ve got our second Tomahawk Barbecue tip, this time from Fraser Campbell, who’s went above and beyond the call of duty to document his tip. Take a look for yourself…


Tomahawk Steak - Remove from fridge and sit for 2 hours.


  1. Remove the Tomahawk from the fridge two hours before cooking.
  2. Using a charcoal BBQ, create two cooking zones. So, all the coals on one side of the bbq, one for direct heat and one for indirect.
  3. Once BBQ up to temperature, coat the steak with salt and pepper and place it on the side of the bbq with NO coals, so the Tomahawk is being cooked indirectly. 
  4. Flip and turn the Tomahawk every 10 minutes or so to ensure even cooking, at the same time basting it with some melted butter. 
  5. Your best friend here is a meat thermometer. I was trying to achieve an internal temp at the fattest part of the Tomahawk of 60°C for medium. I was checking the steak regularly and once at 59°C I moved the steak to cook over the coals for 2-3 minutes each side to achieve the char. 
  6. Tomahawk was then left to rest in the kitchen for around 12 minutes under foil. This method is called reverse searing and turned out perfect. 
Tomahawk steak - indirect cook over BBQ
Steps 3 & 4 – Indirect Cooking
Tomahawk steak - Direct cook over coals
Step 5 – Direct cooking over coals

The final results…

Tomahawk Steak (with Chicken) - The final results
Fraser Campbell’s BBQ Tomahawk served (Left), also Fraser’s “Nando’s-style” BBQ Chicken (Right)

Many thanks for sharing your BBQ tip, Fraser – it looks totally awesome, and we’d bet it tastes out of this world.
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How to … Barbecue the Tomahawk for 2 (v.1)

Thanks so much to Tom Brennan for our first contribution to our community Cooking Tips & Recipes collection. Tom has put a slight twist on the Tomahawk cooking instructions by bring the barbecue into the equation. Give it a go yourself, or even submit a recipe for the collection yourself. Simply email it, with a picture or two to

Tomahawk for 2 BBQ's by Tom Brennan



  1. Marinade the Tomahawk in Extra Virgin Olive Oil for a couple of hours
  2. Sprinkle the Tomahawk with Salt & Pepper
  3. Sit the Tomahawk Steak for an hour out of the fridge until it reaches room temperature
  4. Pre-heat your oven to about 200C
  5. Heat your barbecue to a high temperature, keeping lid closed
  6. Place steak on the barbecue for 4 minutes each side
  7. Once BBQ’d 4-Minutes each side only, place the steak into the hot oven on a wire rack over an oven tray for 18 to 20 mins
  8. Take the Tomahawk out of the oven and let the steak rest before cutting into steak size slices

This was an amazing steak full of flavour

Tom Brennan

Thank you so much for your barbecue tip for the mighty Tomahawk for 2 Steak.

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How to… Cook the ‘Tomahawk for 2’

Many of you have been asking the best way to cook this big guy so here goes (please remember this is for guidance only).

Here’s a quick list of what you will need:
– Salt & Pepper seasoning
– Butter or Cooking Oil
Tin Foil

Leave the Tomahawk steak out to reach room temperature, for roughly about 1 hour.

Pre-heat your oven to 210C (Gas Mark 7, 425F ). Season steak with salt and pepper.

When oven gets to temperature (or almost), heat a little butter or oil in a frying pan and turn to a high heat. Sear your steak on both sides to seal in the juices and flavour.

Place on the oven tray (if, like me, you want to minimise washing-up, put a sheet of tin foil on bottom of tray) and into the oven it goes!

Oven Cooking Time Guide
Medium-Rare –18 minutes
Medium – 20 minutes

After cooking, remove from oven and cover with tin foil – leave to rest for 15 minutes.

Hopefully everything else will be ready to serve. I like roast vegetables which can be banged in the oven at the same time as the steak but it’s your choice – chips, veg whatever you fancy. (Personally, I like a big dod of horseradish with this too).

Let us know how you get on in the comments section below – ENJOY!