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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 and break down the muscle fibers, which results in a more tender meat. During this time, the liquid that initially surfaces has time to reabsorb, which keeps the meat juicy.

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 and break down the muscle fibers, which results in a more tender meat.
  • 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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381 comments on “Copycat Texas Roadhouse Steak Rub”

  1. I am following KETO so I left out sugar & starch, still made a GREAT flavored steak! Plus, with your grilling instructions my husband finally grilled our steaks to perfection! SO YUUUUUMMY! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

  2. Added some liquid smoke to this and it was epic 

  3. The BEST EVER!! YUMMY 😋

  4. Did not taste like our local roadhouse steak. Did not care for the flavor and it overwhelmed the taste of the beef.

  5. I’m going to make this for Christmas gifts for my coworkers! I’m going to change the measurements from “teaspoons” to “cups”. Should make plenty of 4oz jars plus extra for ME!!!

    • Hey Keylin! I think that’s (honestly) the BEST idea ever!! If you hover over the number of servings there will be a slider that appears that you can use to increase the number of servings and the ingredients will automatically adjust. (I do it all the time when I make this!)- Great gift idea. I actually may have to do the same thing this year! 🙂 -Stephanie

      • That is what I am going to do for Christmas gifts this year too. We are giving gifts just to the children, so some of us are making little gifts. Found the 4 oz mason jars at Target, and bought some really pretty gift cards to tie around the jars. Im also going to use this as a dry rub on my beef tenderloin for Christmas this year.

      • That is such an awesome idea Laura! I’ve handed out rubs as gifts before and it’s always a big hit. I’m so happy you found the 4oz mason jars. I love the idea of tying gift cards to them too. You just made me get into the holiday spirit!🎄

    • Hey everybody! So update on the Christmas gifts!!! If you change the measurements to cups rather than teaspoons, you will get 12 very full 4oz spice jars, with a little left over! I would also recommend switching to white sugar rather than brown, the brown sugar has more moisture and causes the mixture to clump. I also mixed everything in the blender/ food processor and it worked great! Next time I’m going to add some powdered butter to the mixture 😋

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