How to Make Barbecue Steak Rub
If you feel like firing up the grill and eating a juicy piece of steak, using a barbecue steak rub is a good way to make it a more enjoyable experience. First of all, it takes some time and practice to perfect the art of grilling a steak to perfection so that it is juicy and tender on the inside and crisp on the outside. If you have a good cut of meat, you are better off not going overboard with a barbecue steak rub. The subtler the steak rub, the better.
Basic Barbecue Steak Rub
A basic steak rub for a good cut of meat should include at least salt, garlic, and pepper. Over-seasoning your steak can ruin the flavor so a simple rub like this will do. If you prefer steaks with lots of flavor, use a wet rub or marinade. First-quality steaks should not be marinated with commercial barbeque sauces because it will mask their flavor.
The best steak cuts for grilling are porterhouse steaks, T-bone steaks, and boneless strip loin steaks. These cuts are expensive but very tender and delicious. Other steaks that are tender but less expensive include rib steaks, rib-eye steaks, club steaks, flank steaks, and skirt steaks.
A good recipe for a basic barbecue steak rub is similar to a barbecue rib rub recipe and includes black pepper, kosher salt, parsley flakes, paprika, garlic powder and cayenne. You can add Southwestern, Middle Eastern, or other flavorings to the mix if you so desire. A dry rub like this can be stored in an airtight container in a cupboard for future use. If you are going to use garlic, herbs, or other fresh ingredients, you should make a small batch just before you use it.
For a barbecue steak rub with a more powerful flavor, you can add mustard seed, coriander, onion powder, and chilies. If you want to make a wet rub, add oil, liquid smoke, and mustard and for a slight sweetness, you can add sugar.
To give your steak a good flavor as well as a vibrant color, try adding turmeric to your barbecue steak rub. Other ingredients that can add a depth of flavor to your barbecue steak rub or marinade include soy sauce, lime juice, red wine vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and Dijon mustard.
Now that you are armed with this information, get out there and start experimenting with new recipes and ingredients for barbecue steak rubs. Just by adding a different ingredient to tried and true recipes, you can put a twist on traditional flavors. For the best results, use as many ingredients as possible.