I love grilling steaks all summer long. I have made the BEST Homemade Steak Rub. A mixture of seasonings and spices that really enhance and bring out the flavor in any cut of beef.
Cooking a steak, whether on a stovetop or grill most people just season their steaks with salt and pepper.
Salt and Pepper are a great way to season a steak, but if you really want to take your steaks to another level, use a Steak Rub!
Steak Rubs will bring out the flavor and really enhance it! This Homemade Steak Rub will take your steaks to another level.
What are the best ways to flavor a steak?
As I said above seasoning a steak with just Salt and Pepper is a classic way to season a steak.
There are a ton of other options to enhance your steaks. Sauces and marinades are great, but typically need some time to soak into the steaks.
A rub is probably the easiest option because you can "rub" the Seasoning and Herbs into your steak and really speed up the flavoring process.
How to make a Homemade Steak Rub:
Making a homemade rub is super easy. Gather your herbs and spices you are going to use. Measure them out and then mix together in a bowl.
You can easily double or triple this recipe if you want to have extra on hand for later. Mix the seasoning well, and then apply liberally to your steaks and "rub" it in a little.
- Smoked Paprika
- Brown Sugar
- Kosher Salt
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Cayenne Pepper
Step One - Mix all spiced together in a bowl or jar.
Step Two - Store in an airtight container or jar with a lid for up to 1 year.
Should I marinade my steaks or use a rub?
Either option can really be a winner. It really just depends on the desired end result you want, and what flavors you want to use.
A marinade usually needs to sit for a couple hours to even long to really activate it. Marinades typically use an acidic base that tenderizes your meat as it soaks.
A rub coats the steak and then locks in the juice and flavor of the steak as the rub makes a light crust.
How to store a rub:
This rub can best be stored in an airtight container. A large Ziplock bag will also work.
Just make sure it is sealed tight, and store with your other dry herbs and spices. This should last to up to a year.
Normally it doesn't make it that long here, as we use it all the time.
Tips and FAQs for seasoning a steak:
- When is the best time to season a steak? You can honestly season a steak anytime, even 24 hours in advance. Just remember once you season the steak, it starts getting into the meat and drying it out. I wouldn't season more than 24 hours in advance, but you can also season minutes before you grill the steak.
- Overuse the seasoning. Yes, be generous and abundant in your seasoning. Cover your steak all over. Trust me, it'll be great.
- Allow the steak to rest when done cooking. When the steak is done cooking, allow it to rest before cutting, slicing or anything. This allows all the flavors to fats and juices to rest a bit and come back together for maximum flavor.
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- 3 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Mix all spiced together in a bowl or jar.
- Store in a airtight container or jar with a lid for up to 1 year.
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