Courtesy Pioneer Woman Mercantile

Four ingredients for the win. 

Ah, let us count the ways we love Ree Drummond. These days, The Pioneer Woman is an icon for country living. She’s a talented cookbook author, runs her own hit show on the Food Network, and even has her own restaurant in Osage County, Oklahoma.

But amidst all of her success, it’s easy to forget she got her start as a humble blogger back in 2006. Long before her website was a sleek collection of recipes and cooking tips, it was lessons on ranch living, homeschooling adventures, and a look into her rural family life (RIP “Confessions of a Pioneer Woman”).

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Now, Ree Drummond is coming clean on the one thing that catapulted her into the spotlight. “I can confirm that 'How to Cook a Steak' was my first cooking post ever. However, it didn't really go viral — it just slowly brought in more readers over time! I started blogging in 2006 and started doing recipes in 2007...[O]ver time, people came to read, shared with people they knew, etc!” Drummond explains in a new interview with PopSugar. “They enjoyed the step-by-step format, then started asking me to post more, and that's how my food blog began.”

The now infamous ribeye steak recipe is quite simple to master. In the instructions, Drummond calls for Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, McCormick Lemon Pepper, and her ever-beloved butter. After lightly dusting a ribeye steak with Lawry’s and then Lemon Pepper, Drummond rubs a stick of butter over a hot griddle. After roughly a quarter of a stick melts, she let’s the butter sizzle for a few minutes before slapping on the pre-seasoned ribeye steak.

She then follows a simple method to get those coveted grill-marks along the steak’s surface. First, she presses down firmly on the griddle for 1 minute, 45 seconds before rotating the steak 90 degrees. Two minutes later, Drummond flips the steak over on the other side. Repeating the directions on the other side, she waits another minute and 45 seconds before rotating the steak 90 degrees and cooking for a final two minutes.

It’s medium-rare perfection, and to steal a line from The Pioneer Woman's original post, “it’ll make your soul sing.”

Get the full recipe here.