Prep 5m Cook - Additional - Ready In 5m
Servings 1 /2 cup Calories 17

You should never waste your money by buying dry rubs and steak rubs at the store. Your store-bought versions are nothing more than half salt, half dried spices and herbs–which you can simply mix up at home for a fraction of the cost.

Recipe Ingredients

  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried, ground rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, ground
  • ¼ cup brown sugar

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 For an all-purpose barbecue rub, mix salt, garlic powder, pepper, paprika, cumin, rosemary, thyme, and brown sugar together in a bowl until well combined.
  2. 2 For an all-purpose steak rub, mix all ingredients except the brown sugar.
  3. 3 Store in an airtight container until needed.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 17
  • Carbohydrate 4.2 g
  • Fat 0.1 g
  • Fiber 0.3 g
  • Protein 0.2 g
  • Sodium 1425 mg
  • Sugar 3.5 g

Chef's Notes

Makes about 1/2 cup of steak rub or 3/4 cup barbecue rub; You can use white sugar instead of brown sugar, and add cayenne if you like.


  1. This is a fantastic steak rub. Much better and less expensive than any prepared variety you buy in the store. Easy to assemble, and adjust if you like. I made this exactly per the recipe. The smoked paprika is key to this flavor. Make sure you get the "smoked" paprika, which is different than paprika. - Read more ...

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