Sweet Spice Rub

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This is a fun change to the basic steak on the grill, especially if you like a little heat.  Apply the rub lightly for a slight kick or thickly for a more fiery steak.  I like a little spice, but I don’t like it to overcome the flavor of my yummy steak.  So for beef steaks, I apply pretty lightly but enough to cover all the surface of the meat.  I apply more liberally for wild game.  Hope that helps and you enjoy it as much I do!

Sweet Spice Rub
Submitted by Mindy ~www.thesisterscafe.com~
Recipe Source: Better than Burgers
Printable Recipe

1/2 cup red chili powder
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons coarse salt

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, mixing thoroughly.  Press spice rub onto each side of the steaks, then grill immediately.  Store left over rub in an air tight container in a cool, dry place for up to six months.


  1. A Cooks Quest says

    This is similar to a rub I do with chicken. I never thought of putting it on steaks. I will have to give yours a try! Thanks for the great idea :)

  2. Mindy says

    Dear Heather,

    I haven't tried it on chicken, but I bet it would be good. I'll have to try it and let you know. We've only had it on ribeye steak, and it was wonderful. Let me know if you do anything different and how it goes.


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