Homemade Steak Rub

Grilling season calls for a good steak every now and then. I admit that I love a good steak, but in all honesty they are hard to come by, and they can be rather expensive if you dine out. When done right, a grilled steak is heavenly. For years I always take my time when it comes to grilling steak. I remember years ago I knew very little about grilling steak, or the cuts of beef for that matter, but after many years and many trials, I think I have got it down, well, as least how I like grilling steak that is.

So this past week we decided to hold a family get together and meet my sister-n-laws new boyfriend. It was declared a casual gathering where we would hang out, have a couple of beers, and relax. At first I wanted to do something family-style in the sense of a large platter of food, but after consulting with my in-laws, it was decided that we would have steak on the grill.

At first my reaction was ‘steak on the grill, really?’, but then after thinking about it, I thought, ok, that is standard grilling fare, and for the most part, easy to do. But I had to do something to make these steaks shine, and that is when I thought I would concoct a steak rub. A rub so simple that it really brought these steaks to the next level of flavor.


  • 4 tbsp coarse salt
  • 1 tbsp course cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp dried rosemary, lightly crushed
  • 1/2 tbsp crushed red chili flakes
  • 1/2 tbsp dried thyme

Simply place everything in a small bowl and mix well.

When you are ready to grill your steak, lightly coat both sides of your steak with the rub, and let them sit at room temperature while you get your grill on an extremely high heat.

Trust me on this rub, it is a real winner and impressed the new guy!

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Dax Phillips

Thank you for visiting my website. Truly, I do appreciate it. My free time and stress reliever is cooking for my family, friends, and everyone in between. The recipes you find on this site are those that I have either created, been part of, or those that I simply enjoy and have made my own in some shape, form, or other. My focus has always been on comfort food, because at the end of a long work day, you want something comforting. I currently am the father of three children, and married to a wonderful wife of thirteen years. There is nothing fancy with these recipes, just simple, and I will admit, not so simple ingredients, and a simple kitchen corner I can call my own. I learned early on that cooking and bringing family together was very important. After all, this notion of being together at dinner time was instilled early on by my parents. There are many memories of being in the kitchen with my parents, watching them cook, or preparing meals, or those home cooked smells while waiting for dinner. My parents who worked full-time, always had home cooked meals during the week, with the exception of Friday nights where we would enjoy a Wisconsin fish fry, and often on late afternoons on Sunday, where we would order Ann's pizza. I tend to cook by making things up. As a home cook, I think you have to take chances, and add or subtract ingredients that make up a dish, and make them your own. Remember to taste, and taste often. If a dish has potential, try it again, and make it your own. You should also note that I do not count calories, or break down recipes into grams of anything. To me, that's a bit boring. My philosophy is that if the food is good, eat it, and eat it in moderation. Life is just too short not to enjoy good food. Commonly Asked Questions: Can I use your photography/content on my website/blog? Please do not redistribute my photography or recipes without my permission. All of the recipes and photography on this website are my own unless noted, and is subjected to copyright  If you’d like to use a photograph or a recipe, please contact me for permission. Will you review my product/book/site? I am available for recipe development, food photography and/or styling, travel/press events, product reviews, brand promotion/ambassador, and sponsored posts. If you are interested in working with me, or if you have a question/comment regarding a recipe or about my blog, please send me an email.

10 thoughts to “Homemade Steak Rub”

  1. Dax,

    Love your stuff! I love a great steak, too, and I’m always having a hard time trying to find a great butcher. Cooking steak doesn’t have to be a hard task; In fact, it should be fun! What helps a great dining experience is certainly a great cut of meat. I live in St. Louis and a guy I know started his own business dedicated to giving people great, high-quality meat. Have you checked out Cowboy Ribeye’s Website (www.cowboyribeyes.com)? They package great 20oz, bone-in cowboy ribeyes and ship them nationwide. It’s such a great alternative to dining out at a fancy restaurant or searching aimlessly for a great butcher.

    Check them out and let me know what you think!

  2. i love it! out of trial and error i sub 1 tablespoon of salt for one of lime twang turned out really nice. could also mix ingred. with cider vineger and a few shots of you fav tequila and have a nice marinade

  3. I made a huge batch of you homemade steak rub to put in little jars for my friends for christmas presents – I just tried some of it on a piece of steak and its EXTREMELY salty – I do believe I may have added too much. Do you know how I can make it ALOT LESS salty? Would adding more of the other ingredients help?

    Please help me as I’ve spent ages making a big batch.

    Very excited to hear back from you!

    1. Hi Crystal – sorry to hear it was too salty for you! You could add a bit of sugar if you wanted but that might caramelize the exterior. You could let folks know to add just a little bit less when using it as well if you thought it was too salty.

  4. Found some steaks on sale yesterday and thought I would spice up our monday night wih a grilled steak dinner. Your homemade steak rub was the perfect match. It was not too salty at all. Perhaps becase I grilled and did not pan fry? I also sprinkled a scant amount of olive oil on the steaks prior to grilling. Our whold family LOVED it. Even my picky eater. Thanks for a great dinner at home!

  5. My family loved this rub! I did reduce the salt by half and it was still a bit much, other than that it was awesome!

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