5 Steak Rubs for Grilling

"from cooks illustrated, these are great for any type of grilled steaks. choose your rub and get grilling"
photo by Barb G. photo by Barb G.
photo by Barb G.
photo by Barb G. photo by Barb G.
photo by Bergy photo by Bergy
Ready In:
1/3 cup




  • for each rub:

  • combine all ingredients in a spice or coffee grinder until well ground.
  • rub on any type of steak 2 hours prior to grilling.
  • store extra rub in a container in a dry spot.

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  1. TexasKelly
    My husband made the Cocoa Cumin Allspice rub last night and grilled up a couple steaks, and I would say it was a WONDERFUL rub. I disagree with the previous reviewer that the cumin overpowered the rub- I thought it went quite nicely with the amount of cocoa and everything else. We had never tried anything like that before, and really liked it. I would definately make it again and also try the other rubs. Thanks for posting!
  2. littleturtle
    Tonight we tried #2-cocoa cumin allspice rub. Good, but not great. I tried this one first because it sounded interesting (never tried cocoa on steak before). It didn't ruin a good steak or anything, but it wasn't incredible. The cumin was fairly overpowering (in fact you could barely taste anything else) and we ended up adding a lot more salt after the steaks were cooked. I'll try to salvage the leftover mix by adding more of everything except for the cumin. I'm still planning on trying the other mixes soon. Hopefully we'll like the others better. — Apr 11, 2006 update: I've added another star after trying #4- pepper coriander rub tonight. It had more of a kick than I was expecting and an almost jerky like flavor. I subbed white pepper for black as I was out. I think it effected the taste a little, but not in a bad way. We both liked this one better than #2.
  3. gwynn
    We just got through trying Rub #4. It was superb. My DH said it was the best steak he had ever eaten. Will be trying the others soon. Thanks for the great tasting recipe.
  4. Shirl J 831
    Rubs do not get any better than this :)
  5. Bergy
    I used "4 pepper coriander" rub on a one rib, standing rib roast and it was wonderful. I rubbed the spices on the meat about 4 hours before BBQing it. I rubbed fresh garlic on the meat before putting on the spice rub. Thanks Chia I will be trying the others too.



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