Homemade Steak Rub Recipe

June 23, 2015

Looking for the best steak rub recipe? Look no further! My homemade steak rub is the perfect combination of savory and delicious flavors to add a tasty kick to each meaty bite. This is a great steak rub for grilling steak, meatballs and even meatloaf! Homemade steak rub is a great way to add flavor when you are looking for something a little different…..and did I mention it is an awesome gift for all your grilling friends!
homemade steak rub

Homemade Steak Rub

I’ve grilled up my fair share of steaks and I’ve always relied pretty heavily on the culinary magic of others to flavor my meats. I’m not opposed to a simple salt and pepper rub when the steak looks particularly delectable, but I do love a good seasoning to mix up the flavors and add some extra love. Having never ventured into the land of dry rubs before I started BBQing I was pretty unaware how much the right blend of spices and herbs can change the entire flavor of a dish. My Homemade Steak Rub is the result of my journey over the last couple of years, testing this…tweaking that. I’ve found what we love and it’s a keeper.

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The Best Steak Rub

This rub is a serious favorite as far as a good, solid steak rub. It is savory, just a hint spicy, and has a peppery warmth that really complements beef. I do love this rub on a well marbled rib-eye, but it is also pretty awesome on burgers or mixed into meatballs or meatloaf. 

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Steak Rub For Grilling

I like to double or even triple the recipe and give it away as gifts! This batch went to my own Dad as a Father’s Day gift (my sister gave him a package of beautiful steaks) and it was a hit! Think neighbor gifts at Christmas, a “welcome to the neighborhood” or housewarming present, or just a kind gesture to a friend that loves food! If you don’t use it all at once, it stores well in glass jars for a few weeks!steak rub for grilling

Steak Rub Recipe Steak Rub Recipe

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Homemade Steak Rub

This rub is savory, just a hint spicy, and has a peppery warmth that really complements beef. Lasts for weeks stored in an airtight container.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Barbecue


  • 2 tbsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp crushed coriander seeds (not ground)
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper


  • Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and stir well to combine. Press into steaks or use as desired. Store unused rub in an airtight container for several weeks.


Be sure to check out my other rub recipes as well!





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17 thoughts on “Homemade Steak Rub Recipe

  1. Great recipe! I would only add a bit of finely ground coffee (I use Turkish grind), preferably a very dark roast. Adds a bit of additional body to it.

  2. I am making burger patties in advance to freeze for the summer… think this rub would be ok to add to the ground beef before freeze? If so, how much rub per pound?

    1. You can substitute 3/4 teaspoon ground coriander for every 1 teaspoon of whole seed. So this recipe would need 3/4 tablespoon or so of ground!

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