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.
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.
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!
- 2 tbsp fresh cracked black pepper
- 2 tbsp kosher salt
- 2 tbsp paprika
- 1 tbsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 tsbp 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.