Flavorful and generously marbled, rib-eye makes a restaurant-worthy splurge whether at home or out camping, particularly when topped with a distinctively flavored butter. The amount of pistachio butter is generous; if you like, turn the asparagus in some of it right after the spears come off the grill and top the steaks with the rest.
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1. If you’re camping, do this before you leave home: Whirl pistachios and arugula in a food processor until minced. Add butter and whirl until smooth, scraping down inside of bowl as needed. Transfer to a small container and chill.
2. Heat a charcoal or wood-fired grill to high (450° to 550°; you can hold your hand 5 in. above cooking grate only 2 to 4 seconds). Coat steaks and asparagus with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill steaks, turning once, until done the way you like, 6 to 15 minutes for medium-rare. Grill asparagus in last few minutes, turning once, until tender-crisp.
3. Transfer everything to a cutting board, dollop steaks with butter, and tent with foil. Let rest 5 minutes. Slice steaks and serve with asparagus.
*If you can’t find unsalted pistachios, use unsalted butter to balance the salty nuts.
Make ahead: Pistachio butter, up to 1 week, chilled.
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