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Copycat Texas Roadhouse Steak Rub

Just a few simple seasonings is all you need to make the best dry steak rub recipe to compliment the amazing flavors in your chicken or steak, and tastes just like the Texas Roadhouse restaurant!

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A seasoned steak on a grill with kitchen tongs lifting it up.

The best part is that this steak seasoning recipe is super-duper easy. Simplicity is often the way to go when you’re dealing with meat. The hardest part of all is not to fiddle with it on the grill- don’t do it. Leave it alone. Set it and be done with it. Get your timing right (see instructions below)- and you’ll be happily munching on a big juicy steak in no time. Here is more information to help you achieve that perfect steak:

When to Put Dry Rub on a Steak:

There are two methods that work best:

40 Minutes before you cook the steak: This allows the salt to penetrate through the surface (through osmosis) and actually helps break down the muscle fibers, which results in a more tender meat. During this time, the liquid that initially surfaced has time to reabsorb, which makes the meat juicer.

Overnight: You can apply dry rub a day in advance and let it sit overnight in the refrigerator. The surface may appear to be dryer in the morning but you will actually only lose about 5% of moisture which is far less than what you’d lose if you were to cook the steak immediately, which is up to 20%.

Best Cuts of Steak for Grilling:

  • Filet Mignon
  • New York Strip Steak
  • Ribeye
  • Porterhouse
  • T-Bone
  • Top Sirloin

Check out this resource for more information, including which cuts of meat need a little doctoring up before hitting the grill, and which cuts of meat should be avoided altogether.

How to Grill Steak:

-Get the highest quality meat that you can afford- it will make all the difference. Filet Mignon, Porterhouse, N.Y. Strip, & Ribeye are all perfect for grilling. Visit here for a complete list of options!

-Contrary to popular belief, it’s best not to oil your grill grates before grilling. These guys can tell you why.

Hot & Fast is the best way to cook a steak on the grill, so don’t be afraid to turn up that heat. This goes for all cooking levels, from rare to well done.

-Cook the steak for 4-5 minutes on the first side, then flip. It should be brown and charred. Then follow the cooking times below depending on how you like it cooked:

  • Rare: 5
  • Medium Rare: 7
  • Well Done: 10A grilled steak resting on a white plate after being cooked.

Letting Steak Rest:

-This part is crucial. Let the steak rest for 5-7 minutes after cooking. This gives the juices time to settle and disperse evenly in the meat. If you cut right in, be prepared to watch juice run all over your plate. Let it rest, and that juice will stay in the meat.

What to Serve with Steak

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Copycat Texas Roadhouse Steak Rub

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Just a few simple seasonings is all you need to make the best dry steak rub recipe to compliment the amazing flavors in your chicken or steak, and tastes just like the Texas Roadhouse restaurant!


Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt, *See Notes
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients in a quart-sized Ziploc bag and seal it tightly. Shake it to thoroughly combine all ingredients.
  • Generously cover each side of the steak with the seasoning and let it rest for about 40 minutes. This allows the salt to penetrate through the surface (through osmosis) and actually helps break down the muscle fibers, which results in a more tender meat. During this time, the liquid that initially surfaced has time to reabsorb, which makes the meat juicer.
  • Once the grill is nice and hot, place the steak(s) on and cook for 4-5 minutes, until it’s browned and slightly charred. Flip it over and cook for the following additional time:
  • 5 minutes: Medium Rare
    7 minutes: Medium
    10 minutes: Well Done

Notes

*I always encourage people to season to taste with salt, you can always add more if needed.

This recipe makes 2.4 Tablespoons.

Best steaks for the grill: 
Filet Mignon, Porterhouse, N.Y. Strip, & Ribeye steaks are all great options for grilling.

Alternative Recipe for Steak Rub:
  • 4 Tbsp. Lawry's seasoning salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Garlic salt

Serving Suggestion: Serve your steak with a side of my Smooth & Creamy Homemade Mashed Potatoes with my 10-minute Brown Gravy.

Nutrition

Calories: 49kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 5253mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 789IU, Iron: 1mg
A simple combination of ingredients will bring out the best flavors in your chicken or steak, and tastes just like the Texas Roadhouse restaurant! #steak #seasoning #grilling #summer #meat #steakrub #copycat #recipe #texasroadhouse

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361 comments on “Copycat Texas Roadhouse Steak Rub”

  1. So good! This is the best-tasting rub I’ve ever used on a steak, and the timing was perfect.

  2. What happened to the the garlic salt??? 👀

    • Hi Shotta, Instead of using garlic powder, garlic salt, and salt, it made more sense for me to take out the garlic salt and update the garlic powder to 1/2 tsp, since there is already enough salt in the recipe.

  3. I make about 4 times this recipe and store it in a spice container. It’s great on all grilled meats!

    • I do the exact same thing Mindy! I was just looking at my stash today because I made a massive amount last weekend, it’s too good! 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review!! -Stephanie

  4. Hello I will be trying this recipe tomorrow, unfortunately I can’t use a grill. Would a cast iron work ok? 

  5. Love when I find good copy cat recipes. This is a great one. My Grandma was all in for her birthday bone-in ribeye so I jarred a batch of the seasoning for her. Thanks for posting.

    • Sounds like Grandma had a great meal! We love this rub on Ribeyes and Filets but honestly we even put it on burgers!😋 Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review!

  6. i used this rub on rib eye steaks for a family birthday celebration and everyone loved it!!!! Even my finicky eaters!!!! I did, however, reduce the salt by 1/4 to suit our tastes and dietary restrictions. My perfectionist son-in-law even asked for the recipe!! Note: If you don’t like a lot of spice, just don’t rub so much on each steak, and the flavor will still be wonderful because the blend is perfectly balanced.

    • I’m so happy to hear that Cathy!❤️ It’s great when the picky eaters approve. I have plenty of those at my house! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review!

  7. This an EXCELLENT recipe. Tastes very similar to Texas Roadhouse but more importantly when I use this rub I consistently receive “the best steak I’ve ever had” from guests. 

    • I’m so happy to hear that Phil! We just made a giant batch of this on Sunday, we always make a ton and it still never lasts long! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on the recipe! -Stephanie

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