Grilled T-Bone Steaks with Chili Rub

This rubs me right...

It seems each year as the seasons change, so does my desire to create another tasty steak rub. I'm not sure why, they tell me I cook a pretty mean steak (meaning flavorful) and I have posted a few recipes previously of my western style grilling, Cowboy Sugar Rubbed Steaks, my Seasoning Rub for steaks, and even my favorite bourbon marinade.

Now I came about a swell sale on steaks and I knew this was no time to mess anything up, not with the price of meat. So I went about formulating the rub the other day, in the kitchen mixing away a bowl of spices, and I got this questionable look. 'Working on a new steak rub.' I said. The look turned to somewhat a frown and without a word; quickly it left the kitchen along with the person. I knew that look though, it was the same one I get when I reinvent recipes that some in the household think should not be meddle with, even going as far as telling me last month, "I just don't get it, you make the best meatloaf in the world and yet here you are changing it up." I guess there are only a few out there who understands about blogging and the desire to create. It ain't easy being me...

This year my desire ventures further south, across the border I guess for a taste of a charred steak a la parrila, seasoned with the spices and flavors of Mexico with a rewarding balance of sweet heat and slight essence of limon. I chose a T-Bone as that is what was on sale, and it did just fine in holding the flavor of the rub and baste over a moderate high heat fire to achieve that desired charred outside crust yet still allowing the inside to remain tender, juicy and pink. Go ahead, fire up the grill; you'll be glad you did with this one. Enjoy!

Chili Rub for Grilling Steaks

1 teaspoon Ancho chili powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon sugar
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon Mexican oregano
1/4 teaspoon course black pepper
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
juice of 1 large Mexican or Key lime
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon cooking oil

Mix the dry ingredients together and sprinkle rub into the meat. Place in a pan and let rest for at least 2 hours.

Mix the wet ingredients in a bowl and sprinkle onto the meat and immediately get to cooking. Use the liquid as a baste during cooking.


  1. Melt this is one we love too all those spices heat it up perfectly and grilling is the best way to taste the flavors you nailed this one~

  2. This looks great! I am always looking for more ways to cook up a good steak :-) Check out my blog when you can, I just nominated you for an award! I am enjoying following your blog!
    Enjoy your day!

  3. goodness! that is one beautiful piece of meat. Looks absolutely delicious. This is what I might be having this weekend. :)

  4. Now I usually like my steak plain, with just a little salt, but this rub may change my mind. Sounds fantastic. Good reason to fire up the grill for the first time this year... Now if the weather would just warm up!

  5. The weather is warm here and I do have rib eye steaks on the menu tonight;-)
    I know you make a mean chili rub for steaks and enjoy the fun of being creative in the kitchen so keep up the good work, nobody's going hungry at your place;-)
    Tonight I'm doing an Italian style steak with fancy little onions and peppers, a recipe adapted from Mario Batali but next time I use a rub I know you're the go to guy;-)

  6. As one who has made your Cowboy rub and loved it, I can imagine that any of your steak creations are wonderful.

  7. I, for one, am so glad that you are constantly re-inventing and creating things. I can relate and this rub looks fabulous! Love those Mexican spices, too! Keep up the great work, cher!

  8. Drick, that is the culinary adventuresome gene you have there which makes you want to improve and try new things. You are a scientist at heart!

  9. Wow this rub is fantastic, the boys grill during nice weather and they are steak kinda guys. Imagine this would be wonderful for fish too :)


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