How to make steak rub

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How to make steak rub
Try using a steak rub. You'll have them coming back for seconds! (steak image by jimcox40 from

Steaks are delicious on their own, but if you add a rub to your steak, you'll find that it tastes even better. There are two types of rubs: dry rubs, which use spices or dried vegetables for flavour, and wet rubs, which add liquid ingredients like barbecue sauce, ketchup and vinegar. This easy-to-make dry rub, which makes enough to apply to four steaks, will definitely add some intense flavour to your next steak dinner.

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Things you need

  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup freshly-ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp dried basil
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp dill seed

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  1. 1

    Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Use the recommended spices, or use any combination of dried herbs and spices, depending on what flavours you want the steak to have. The order that you add the ingredients does not matter.

  2. 2

    Apply a generous amount of the rub to both sides of the steak. Gently rub the mixture into the meat. Make sure you can just barely see the red of the meat through the rub. You want the rub to soak into the steak, but you don't want the rub to burn off.

  3. 3

    Grill the steaks to your preference. To cook a steak that's as thick as a deck of cards, grill it for two to three minutes on each side for a rare steak. For a well-done steak, grill it for about five minutes per side. Don't let the rub burn.

  4. 4

    Remove the steaks from the grill and allow them to rest for about five minutes. This allows the steak's juices to evenly distribute throughout the steak.

  5. 5

    Plate the steaks and enjoy!

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