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This is the Best Steak Rub Recipe, ribs, and more! It’s the perfect seasoning blend for grilling, pan-searing, or roasting. The intense flavor of this steak dry rub compliments beef beautifully!
Whenever I grill out, I use this flavorful steak seasoning recipe. It’s my favorite dry rub for steak and ribs, but seriously, I could put this steak rub on everything! Especially all of my favorite steak recipes. After trying plenty of different seasoning blends, I can safely say this is my favorite. Once you use this homemade steak seasoning with its hint of sweetness, you may never buy store-bought dry rubs again. It is that tasty!
Steak Dry Rub Ingredients
- onion powder
- garlic powder
- sea salt
- crushed red pepper
- black pepper
- brown sugar
Steak Seasoning Rub Recipe
- Add paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, sea salt, crushed red pepper, black pepper, and brown sugar to a bowl.
- Give it a good stir to combine, until all spices are completely mixed together. Store in an air-tight container such as a jar.
How easy is that? For such a simple process, I promise you, this is the best BBQ rub you will ever try. I use it for all of my favorite BBQ recipes.
Best Steak Rub Tips
- After mixing, this dry rub recipe will yield a cup of seasoning perfect for using for all your grilling recipes.
- It is very easy to scale this recipe up or down – simply halve the amounts for less, and double for more! I highly recommend doubling this dry rub for steaks and keeping it handy. That way you will always have the perfect steak rub on hand.
- After grilling, melt a pat of butter on top of your steak. It will bring out the flavors of the steak and seasonings and make it extra juicy! Want to make it restaurant-quality? Use my Garlic Butter recipe! Garlic butter with this seasoning tastes unbelievably good.
- Not only does this dry rub for steak pair deliciously with any type of meat, but the combination of flavors it gives to the meat always pairs perfectly with your favorite BBQ side dishes, too. Give it a try on your favorite summer grilling recipes! One taste and I know you’ll want to use it for everything as I do.
- I have a little secret, this rub is amazing on salmon and chicken wings too!
How to Store Steak Rub
You can easily store this BBQ rub recipe alongside your other pantry recipes in a mason jar or other air-tight container.
I like to use a mason jar because it stores well, has a pleasing appearance, and takes up very little space in my pantry. I keep it right next to my favorite Garlic Parmesan French Fry Seasoning!
Dry Rub for Steak Variations
- Change the spice level. If you like your dry rub recipes on the spicier side, add a teaspoon or two more of the crushed red pepper flakes. If you like it with less spice, take a little bit out.
- Adjust the sweetness. If you like a sweet BBQ rub, you can adjust the sweetness in this spice blend by using a little more brown sugar. For less sweetness, use a little bit less brown sugar. But, I find that 2 tablespoons is the perfect level of sweetness for any BBQ recipe!
- Try my Bold Rib Rub Recipe with Brown Sugar, too!
Steak Rub FAQs
Bring your steaks to room temperature.
Sprinkle the steak with your seasoning mixture to coat it.
Pat the steak down to apply the rub and ensure the seasonings stay on.
Repeat on the opposite side.
You can apply dry rub to the steak right before grilling. But, if you have time, you can also apply it to your steak ahead of time for greater depth of flavor. See the below question for instructions!
Leave dry rub on a steak for as long as overnight in the refrigerator. After seasoning, let them rest in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or up to overnight uncovered. The steak will soak up the seasoning even more while it rests.
The simple ingredients in this spice rub will take a good steak and elevate it to a restaurant steak experience!
Homemade Seasoning Blends
See our Cooking Conversions Chart for help converting measurements!
- Add 4 tablespoons paprika, 2 tablespoons onion powder, 2 tablespoons garlic powder, 3 tablespoons sea salt, 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper, 1 tablespoon black pepper, and 2 tablespoons brown sugar to a bowl.
- Give it a good stir to combine, until all spices are completely mixed together.