Nothing says long summer evenings like grilled steak. I love cooking out in the summertime and like to experiment with different dry rubs for our meats. I’ve made ribs using cocoa powder before and it’s my (no longer) secret ingredient in my steak chili so I wanted to try it out in a steak rub. It turned out freaking delicious! Feel free to tweak to your liking but here’s what I did!

What you need for steak rub deliciousness:

Small bowl and a grill

1 Tbsp paprika
1 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbsp cumin
1/2 Tbsp chili powder
2 tsp coarse sea salt
2 tsp coriander
1 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
2 pounds beef sirloin tip steak (or flat iron, flank, or tritip)

Spices and cocoa make for a to-die-for steak rub.

Spices and cocoa make for a to-die-for steak rub.

What you do for steak rub deliciousness:

Fire up the grill

Mix all the spices together really well in a small bowl, I like to use my mortar and pestle to really grind it up

Rub all over the steak – get it in every nook and cranny, the top, the sides, the bottom – and really rub it in good

Grill it over high heat about 2 minutes then flip for two more minutes to get a nice sear on both sides, then lower heat or place the steak over indirect heat until desired level of doneness. We like ours pretty rare and do about another 8 minutes over the lower heat.

Let rest for 10 minutes, you can tent it with tinfoil or just let it rest on the serving platter for a bit sans tent.

Slice up and serve!


Picture doesn't do it justice - it's freaking delicious!

Picture doesn’t do it justice – it’s freaking delicious!

Great in tacos, on a salad, or on it’s own!

Have your rub you love in the summertime? Willing to share your recipe? Add it to the comments below or hit me up on facebook!


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