Making the Perfect Homemade Steak Rub
A perfectly cooked and properly seasoned steak is a beautiful thing...when done right. It's tough to think of something better to eat during grill season so we wanted to share some insight to help you create your own homemade rub and what inspired our two most popular grill seasonings in our Sizzlin' Steak Rub and Black Pepper & Herbs.
Salt, Pepper, & The Other Stuff
So what are the keys to crafting the perfect Steak Rub you may ask...well it comes down to a few things. Traditionally most steak seasonings call for some element of sodium. The salt helps curate and tenderize the meat but unfortunately most traditional grill rubs have abused this delicate balance. We have found many generic rubs to contain more than 50% salt and in our opinion - take it for it's worth - this suppresses flavor and can shoot your sodium consumption through the roof. When crafting our Sizzlin' Steak Rub however we do use kosher Sea Salt as a base, and that's the place to start. From there add different blends of your liking. We recommend whole peppercorns which when heated will crack and sizzle on your meats. Our blend uses crushed red pepper, caraway seeds, and garlic.
Low Sodium Grilling
Salt not your thing... a great alternative is using Black Pepper as a base to create a bold compliment to natural meat flavors. You'll find many steak houses and restaurants incorporate this into their menus with "Peppered Rib Eyes" or "Black Pepper Crusted" cuts. For our second most popular blend - Black Pepper & Herbs - we did just this. We wanted an earthy, natural flavor so we combined oregano, thyme, garlic, rosemary, and as the last ingredient we added kosher sea salt. For your own rub try mixing black pepper with cayenne or chili peppers for a spicy pepper twist!