If you’re checked out our blog in the past, chances are that you’ve noticed that we absolutely love sharing grilling tips, tricks, recipes, and ideas with our readers. One of those tips that you’ve probably seen us mention a time or two is that in many cases, the simpler you can get with a grilled steak, the better your results will be. Indeed, we’ve advocated for readers to utilize a bit of salt and pepper on more than one occasion, and it’s certainly true that a good steak doesn’t need much help in the flavor department.
But as much as you might like the delicious flavor of a steak, sometimes you want it to exhibit a taste that is a little bit out of the ordinary. As much as it might be tempting to pick up a premade steak rub for grilling at the supermarket, our advice is to simply make it on your own. The truth of the matter is that it will pretty much always be a better outcome if you tailor this rub to your own personal tastes.
That’s why in today’s blog, we’ll take a look at a few options for the perfect steak rub for grilling at home. We’ll even provide a few recipes to get you started off on the right foot! Keep reading to learn more.
Make the Ideal Seasoning for Your Steak
As we mentioned above, we are huge advocates for salt and pepper being the go-to seasonings for a steak, so it only makes sense that salt and pepper will play a role in our steak rub recommendations.
But what else can you add to make your own homemade steak rub for grilling? We’ve prepared a handy list to get you started, or you can check out the printable infographic below if you’d like to print out a version for yourself to keep nearby in the cabinet that holds your seasonings.
Here are a few suggestions to consider:
- Chili powder
- Seasoned salt
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Brown sugar
- Cayenne pepper
- Mustard powder
This is not a complete list by any means, but it ought to be enough to get you started off on the right foot.
Where to Start
You might be staring at that list of ingredients wondering to yourself, “Okay, but where exactly am I supposed to start? How much of each ingredient should I be using?” One of our most common suggestions is to just let your taste buds guide you through the process. Generally speaking, you probably have a pretty good idea of what tastes you like and which combinations you can envision going together.
The great thing about making your own steak rub is that you don’t have to make a lot of it at the same time. Our advice is to grab a small bowl and combine a few ingredients at a time. Just eyeball it to start with. Once you have a combination that seems pretty good, whisk it all together and give it a little taste. You’ll be able to tell pretty quickly if it’s something you like or not. From there, you can either go ahead with using it on a steak or you can start over, ditching ingredients that didn’t agree with your tastes.
A Few Suggestions From the Pros
With summer grilling right around the corner, people all across the United States are gearing up to get the grill fired up and enjoy some great steaks. Admittedly, you might find that you’re not in the mood to experiment with steak rubs. If that’s the case, don’t worry, because we’ve rounded up a few of the best combinations for you to follow and ensure that you get something that others love without having to spend the time trying different combinations yourself. Here are a few of our favorites:
It’s hard to go wrong with any of Bobby Flay’s recipes and this is no exception. One reviewer notes that they “made the rub per the recipe listed and it is beyond reproach.” That’s high praise and this recipe earns our top spot because of its great flavor. Be sure to take a look at comments near the bottom to see how others have made variations to suit their needs.
Ideal for pork and steaks alike, this recipe offers a bit of variation that makes it a winner. Some have commented that this seasoning also works wonderfully on “beans, rices, grains, or vegetables” and we could certainly see how that might be the case!
The internet is a really great place to find copycat recipes and this is one of the finest out there. Steaks at Texas Roadhouse are always really great and now you can get some of that same taste at home thanks to a rub that includes ingredients like turmeric and cornstarch to help provide a signature flavor.
Planning to Fire Up Your Grill Soon?
We hope that today’s post has inspired readers to branch out a bit when it comes to steak seasonings. Although it’s hard to beat a classic like salt and pepper, sometimes you just have to have something different. Whether you opt to make your own rub or borrow a few ideas from our suggestions above, we see a lot of delicious steaks in your future.
Of course if you’re firing up the grill, you can count on the team at Mighty Flame all summer long to provide you with great grilling tips, tricks, recipes, and ideas. Whether we’re offering a unique take on burgers and brats or counting down our favorite healthy grilled meals, you can rest assured that we’ll be writing about all things grill-related for quite some time as the weather continues to improve all across the country.
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