Dry Peppered Steak Rub

Food, family and friends make a great recipe, no matter what the season. There’s something about grilling and outdoor cooking that adds intrigue and draws people together.
At our place, grilling is often a group effort. I prep for the grilling, and then I look for someone else to do the honors. Tom does a great job with grilling, and several of our family also enjoy wielding the barbecue tools.

We’ve always enjoyed grilling year-round. Sun, rain or snow, it doesn’t matter. Except for wind…sometimes wind hinders and thwarts the process. Upon moving to the Las Vegas Valley four years ago, we discovered how quickly a grill can heat up with outside, ambient temperatures keeping the grill in readiness. That’s great for us because once we know steaks have been rubbed with this Dry Peppered Steak Rub, we’re eager for those steaks to be served!

This steak rub is full of flavor…without any chemical enhancers such as MSG, which we like to avoid. At least an hour before you grill, rub the steaks generously, or sparingly, depending on your taste for spice. Then heat up the grill, cook to your choice of perfection and savor the flavor.

We’ve tried this rub on Rib Eye steaks, New York steaks and even Tri Tip steaks. Try this rub on any steak you’re grilling, and I’m sure it will be a hit. And if you’re game for spiced up gourmet hamburgers…why not? Mix it in, and give it a whirl.

  • 4-6 steaks
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder, I used granulated garlic
  • 1 Tbsp paprika, I used smoked paprika
  • 2 tsp dried ground thyme
  • 2 tsp dried ground oregano
  • 1 ½ tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp ground red cayenne pepper
  1. Combine the dry ingredients and set aside. (I used a mortar and pestle to grind the pepper, ground thyme and oregano.)
  2. Rub steaks with olive oil, then sprinkle and rub in both sides with seasonings. Cover and refrigerate for one hour.
  3. Heat the grill and cook to the desired doneness.

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