Did a 22 1/2 oz Ribeye (1 1/2-in. thick) from Costco last night in the BS. In retrospect, I should've started the oven at full blast but did not. I had to go full bore to get up to between 850 and 900 ° bottom stone and 1050 top stone. The ribeye was Choice, not Prime, I wasn't spending that kind of money on my first experiment. Frankly, this turned out so great that Choice will be my usual pick from now on. I'm gonna have to try a Prime steak in the BS sometime but for now this ribeye was fantastic.
I used my round Deni meat tenderizer (49 blade) on the steak before coating it with grapeseed oil and Costco's Kirkland Steak Seasoning (wonderful stuff). I covered the meat with plastic wrap and let it sit out on the counter for just over an hour.
I had a little trouble getting the Lodge grill pan centered on the stone but that turned out not to be very important. It turns out that while reaching for the cast iron pan with my two Channellocks, I really should dial down the burner. I didn't burn myself but I did singe some hair off the back of my fingers. D'oh! I'm shocked, shocked, I tell you that so much heat was coming out of the front of that 1000 ° oven.
Since the grill pan wasn't centered on the stone, the pan had rotated too far into the oven to grab with the pliers w/o requiring medical attention so I had to wait until the stone turned 180 ° before grabbing, but I missed it. Luckily my wife was near the outlet and unplugged it for me so I could grab the damn thing before it passed med. rare into medium territory. I need to do the switch mod for this oven.
I can't remember the last time I ate a steak without a nice sauce or A-1 Sauce (my wife says it tastes like insecticide) but this was so delicious that I barely glanced at the A-1 on the table. This was without a doubt the best steak I've ever done at home and better than most restaurants I've eaten at. Although I don't often order steak at restaurants, I prefer to get dishes that I can't make at home or are just too much trouble to make.
The 3 other Ribeyes in the pkg. were in the 18 oz. range, still plenty big enough to split, so I vacuumed sealed them and popped them in the freezer for other meals.