How to Make a Dry Rub for Steak

A nicely cooked steak can be an excellent part of a meal. But by adding a simple dry rub, without too much work, you can give an excellent meal that extra zing to make it a truly great meal.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dark chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dry sweet basil
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder


    • 1

      Mix all of these ingredients thoroughly in a bowl. The brown sugar can be a bit lumpy, depending on either age or just how dark it is.

    • 2

      Apply a thick layer on to each side of the steak, about 1/8th of an inch should be sufficient. We want the rub to infuse and cook into the meat. Too much more and it will fall off, burn and waste your rub.

    • 3

      Grill the steak to your taste. I find that 2 to 3 minutes per side works well, but that time can change a great deal, depending on the thickness of your steaks.

    • 4

      Let the steaks rest for at least 1 to 2 minutes before serving. You've worked hard earn the money to buy these steaks. Let's make sure that you get every last bit of enjoyment out of them.

    • 5

      Serve and enjoy!

Tips & Warnings

  • The dry rub may cause a little more smoke, then you're used to, when the steak is on the grill. Don't worry it's fine.
  • This recipe will work with chicken as well.
  • Store in a air-tight container to extend the shelf life of the dry rub.
  • Moisture is NOT your friend. Be sure to check the dry rub for spoilage, if it has been sitting for an extended period of time.
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