This Dry Steak Rub is a delicious blend of brown sugar and spices that lends a great umami flavor to steak. It is a delicious rub that is great for cooking on the grill or grill pan. 

This post is sponsored by the New York Beef Council, all opinions are my own.

Making a homemade steak rub is one of the easiest ways to season your favorite cut of beef. It is as simple as pulling out your favorite blend of spices, mixing it together, and rubbing it over the steak before grilling.

Dry Steak Rub in a Jar

The Best Cut Of Beef To Grill With A Steak Rub

Basically, any cut of beef that you would grill would be great to use this dry steak rub on. My favorite cut is a strip steak, but you can also use it on flank steak, skirt steak, porterhouse, or any other cut that is great for the grill. Check out Beef it’s for Dinner for a list of other cuts with grilling guidelines.

Dry Steak Rub Inspiration

Recently I participated in a Virtual Steak Night with the New York Beef Council where I connected with two chefs who taught us two ways to cook steak on the grill or skillet. We were provided with a rub recipe and cooked along. I decided to go with the grilled version because that is our favorite way to eat steak.

I discovered that it was really easy to come up with your own seasoning and control the flavors and salt content and make a seasoning of your very own with spices you currently have in your pantry. That is the method I took with creating the dry steak rub that I am sharing with you today!

What You Need To Make This Recipe

I went with flavors that I love and had in the house to make a dry rub for steak. Below is a list some of the spices I used that might not be something you normally have in the spice cabinet.

Brown Sugar – I went with light brown sugar because I feel that a little bit of sweet in any type of rub is complimentary. It also caramelized a little on the steak while it is grilling, making it extra delicious!

Cumin powder – when it comes to seasoning, cumin is one of my very favorites. Usually it is used in combination with chili powder, but I did not want to add chili to this particular rub.

Turmeric powder has a slightly bitter earthy taste and adds some great color to the rub.

Smoked paprika offers a rich smoky flavor.

Tips and Substitutions

  • Allow the steaks to sit for at least 30 minutes after applying the steak rub. 
  • When grilling steaks, be sure to purchase one that is at least 3/4 inches thick. Thin steaks can dry out quickly on the grill.
  • Look for a steak with great marbling for the best flavor.
  • Apply a generous amount of rub to each side of the steak and rub it in with your fingers, covering the entire steak.
  • Stir in some chili powder in place of the smoked paprika.
  • Substitute dark brown sugar for light brown sugar. This will give it a deeper flavor.
  • Always store homemade steak rubs in an airtight jar in the spice cabinet.

More Great Meat Seasoning Recipes To Try

Homemade Coffee Steak Rub

Grilled Skirt Steak with Cocoa Spice Rub

Homemade Beef Seasoning

Check out the beef rubs on Beef it’s for Dinner

Learn how to Sous Vide Steak!

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Dry Steak Rub
Yield: 4

Dry Steak Rub

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A sweet and smoky rub to use on steaks for cooking on the grill or grill pan.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

    1. Add the brown sugar, salt, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, turmeric powder, smoked paprika, and black pepper to a small mixing bowl. Stir until well incorporated. Store in an airtight container.

Notes

Tips and Substitutions

  • Allow the steaks to sit for at least 30 minutes after applying the steak rub. 
  • When grilling steaks, be sure to purchase one that is at least 3/4 inches thick. Thin steaks can dry out quickly on the grill.
  • Look for a steak with great marbling for the best flavor.
  • Apply a generous amount of rub to each side of the steak and rub it in with your fingers, covering the entire steak.
  • Stir in some chili powder in place of the smoked paprika.
  • Substitute dark brown sugar for light brown sugar. This will give it a deeper flavor.
  • Always store homemade steak rubs in an airtight jar in the spice cabinet.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 22Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 797mgCarbohydrates 5gFiber 1gSugar 3gProtein 0g

Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.

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About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.

One Comment

  1. Jersey Girl Cooks September 19, 2020 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    This looks like a great rub! Thanks for mentioning my beef seasoning recipe.

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