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Homemade Steak Rub

Homemade Steak Rub healthy gluten-free recipe

Homemade steak rub adds incredible flavor to grassfed steak and makes a great DIY gift for friends and family.

Whether you’re a family that’s gone gluten-free due to someone with celiac, or a die hard CrossFitter following the Paleo diet, you’ll love my homemade steak rub. It’s not only full of organic antioxidant-rich spices, it adds incredible flavor to your grass-fed or regular meat.

And, if you’re someone like me who needs to eat more red meat to get stronger, yet does not love the taste of it, this homemade steak rub will seduce you into eating more beef, and as a result, up those hematocrit numbers in a natural, and easily digestible way.

I use homemade steak rub for hamburgers and meatballs, and to add amazing flavor to my Bolognese sauce. Would you like to know how to use your delicious homemade steak rub? Place a tablespoon (or two) of homemade steak rub in a bowl, add your steak to the bowl and toss until the steak is well covered in steak rub. Be sure to discard any extra steak rub that does not cling to the steak –do not reuse steak rub left over in the bowl that has already seasoned the steak! I use somewhere around one tablespoon of steak rub per pound of meat.

This dry rub steak seasoning is the perfect Paleo condiment. So, if you’ve been wondering how to make your own homemade steak rub, I have just the steak rub recipe for you.

Homemade Steak Rub

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  1. Measure spices out and place in a bowl
  2. Stir together to incorporate
  3. Use as a steak rub or mix into ground beef
  4. Store in a glass jar

I have been making this quick and easy steak rub for years, it is my version of the gluten-filled steak rub served on the meat at Elway’s. I finally wrote down the recipe after one of my older son’s friends asked for it; more on that below.

Meanwhile, here’s a photo of the ingredients you need to make your own super easy homemade steak rub (from left to right: black pepper, organic onion granules, celtic sea salt, and organic garlic granules). You can use organic onion and garlic powder if you do not want to purchase the granules. If you do wish to purchase the granules, just click the links in the recipe above.

healthy steak rub recipe ingredients

What is steak rub? It’s basically a dry marinade for steak. As you can see, I make mine from salt and organic spices. Here’s what the steak looks like after you’ve doused it in the steak rub, just before cooking –it’s a deliciously simple Paleo entree and ridiculously easy to make!

healthy steak rub

Now if you decide not to use this steak rub on your own food and instead want to give it to a friend as a wonderful DIY holiday gift, just combine your spices, mix them in a nice size bowl and then transfer them into a 1 cup sized mason jar and tie a pretty ribbon around it.

I’m giving spice rub to my friend Leslie this year. Each time I make the boys and their friends steak I use this special rub. Leslie’s son Kurt is very polite and each time I serve him steak he goes out of his way to compliment me on it. Last time I made steak, Kurt asked if I could give the recipe for my steak rub to his mother. I promised him that not only would I give her the recipe, I would make some for her and put it in a mason jar as a gift. Kurt was delighted!

healthy Steak Rub

For those that are wondering about the cut of meat depicted in the photos above, it is about a pound of grass-fed tenderloin (and for those that live in Boulder, I purchased it at Alfalfa’s –they have an incredible meat department).

I cooked the meat (on our outdoor grill) in the afternoon. I made it at that time of day so that I could shoot it in some nice bright daylight, then I served it to the boys and their friends with some scrambled eggs after school. That was a hearty snack that all of the boys were delighted to see when they arrived home, and even more delighted to eat! Soon I will post some exciting steak recipes, so stay tuned.

What are your favorite steak rub and steak marinade recipes?


posted on December 19, 2013, 8 comments

  1. Mary Taylor

    What a wonderful, heart-felt gift and so easy to personalize with different jars, labels, ribbons, etc! Just remember, if you have dogs and you like to give them leftovers and meat scraps, you must leave out the onion component because even onion powder or onion granules are enough to cause anemia in dogs. Of course, you may not have any leftovers because this rub is that good! :)

  2. QueenJellyBean

    Thank you Elana’s for posting a fabulous recipe that isn’t dessert. I love dessert, but IMHO the paleo/GF blogs are flooded with sweets. Please keep us inspired with a healthy dose of recipes for mealtime. :-]

  3. Pat

    Perfect timing! I was already planning to cook steak tonight & so your rub recipe arrived with perfect timing! Thanks so much.

  4. Deborah Pina

    Dearest Elana,

    At this time I must unsubscribe from your website, I am just too overwhelmed with many e-mails I cannot/do not have time to read. Plus, I did not realize you are not a vegan site.
    I know you will understand.
    I ask that you remove me from your e-mails immediately.
    debp1129@yahoo.com

    Bless you and Happy Holidays,
    Deborah Pina

  5. MAIRBUNNY

    ELANA,
    THAT SOUNDS REALLY GOOD. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE MY RUB THAT I USE ON BEEF AND ITS ALSO MAKES GREAT PORK RIBS.
    EQUAL AMOUNTS OF GARLIC POWDER,ONION POWDER,SMOKEY PAPRIKA,MUSTARD POWDER AND THE KICKER IS ADDING DOUBLE THE AMOUNT OF COCONUT PALM SUGAR. IT MAKES A GREAT RUB THAT MY HUSBAND JUST LOVES.
    THANKS TO YOU I HAVE TRIED THE COCONUT PALM SUGAR AND I REALLY LOVE THE FLAVOR OF IT. YOU HAVE MADE ME BRAVE ENOUGH TO EXPERIMENT WITH RECIPES AND I REALLY AM STARTING TO ENJOY COOKING AGAIN.
    MANY BLESSING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON!!!

  6. Kiki

    This is so simple and delicious. I use fresh ground pepper, Celtic salt (coarse), and fresh lime zest. My favorite cut of grass-fed beef is skirt steak. After cooking it to medium, I squeeze the lime juice on and let it rest 5-10 min. Yum!

  7. Rachelle

    I’m a big fan of grass fed beef since I want more omega-3 in my diet. And I would really love to use steak rub to add some flavor to my steak.

  8. I love that fact that meat rubs are so versatile & they also make excellent gifts..Homemade gifts are always so special.

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