A rub is a blend of seasonings that is ‘rubbed’ onto the surface of meat before it is cooked. Using a rub is an easy way to dress up beef steaks and burgers with all kinds of seasoning combinations. Seasoning can be fresh or dried or a mixture. Sometimes a small amount of oil is added to the seasonings to make a paste-type rub.
A rub adds flavor only; it does not help tenderize less tender beef cuts.
Simply cover the outside surface of the meat with the seasoning blend prior to grilling. Rubs can be applied just before grilling or, for convenience, a few hours in advance. Just be certain to keep the beef refrigerated until grilling time. Flavors usually become more pronounced the longer the seasoning mixture is on the beef.
There is really no need for a recipe, as such, though we’ve included some in this information. You may use Italian seasoning, Mexican seasoning, or Cajun, as they are already mixed spices. Experiment and try your combination. Suggestions follow below.
- Citrus: combine grated lemon, orange or lime peel or a combination of these citrus flavors with minced garlic and cracked black pepper.
- Pepper-garlic: combine garlic powder, cracked black pepper and cayenne pepper
- Italian: combine fresh or dried oregano, basil and rosemary with minced Italian parsley and garlic.
- Herb: combine fresh or dried marjoram, thyme and basil.
1 1/2 tsp. grated lemon peel 1 tsp. rosemary leaves, crushed
1/4 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. dried thyme leaves
1/4 tsp. coarse ground black pepper 2 large cloves garlic, crushed
Makes enough for 2 pounds beef
1 1/2 tsp. chili powder 1 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves 1/4 tsp. ground cumin
Shake together. Makes enough to season 2 pounds of beef
2 Tbsp. dried basil leaves 1 Tbsp. lemon pepper
1 Tbsp. onion powder 1 Tbsp. dried savory leaves
1 1/2 tsp. rubbed sage
Shake to blend. Makes 1/3 cup
Spicy Seasoning Mix
3 Tbsp. chili powder 2 tsp. ground coriander
2 tsp. ground cumin 1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
3/4 tsp. dried oregano leaves 1/2 tap. ground red pepper
Shake. Makes 1/3 cup
Easy Greek-Style Rub
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
½ teaspoon pepper
Combine all ingredients in small bowl. Makes about 2 tablespoons
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