When you have a good steak, all you really need is salt and pepper. However, we can’t always have amazing steak lying around. So sometimes you need to season your steak to improve on its natural flavor. So I have been fiddling around with different seasonings and have found a great combinations of spices. The key to this rub is the smoked paprika. It adds a nice smoky layer to the steak. In addition a little cayenne adds just a bit of heat.

Rex’s Steak Rub

  • 1 tbs smoked paprika
  • 1 tbs crushed black pepper
  • 1 tbs kosher salt
  • 1/2 tbs granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tbs granulated onion
  • 1/2 tbs crushed coriander
  • 1/2 tbs dill
  • 1/2 tbs crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Mix all of the ingredients together and store in an airtight container.

Mix all of the ingredients together

I find that an old spice container works great as a storage container.

Reduce, reuse and recycle

To use, sprinkle your steaks with the seasoning and grill to perfection.

Rub and grill

I use this recipe all of the time.  I find that it produces a great steak.

Grilled steak



Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.


  1. I've got several of those marked up leftover spice jars too. This rub looks good, pretty close to the one I use that was my attempt at cloning montreal steak seasoning.

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