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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!


  • 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


  • 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


*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.


Calories: 49kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 5253mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 789IU, Iron: 1mg
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489 comments on “Copycat Texas Roadhouse Steak Rub”

  1. Would love to know the ingredients in the liquid marinade. The veggies in the kabobs are my favorite!

  2. Best rub. Ever!

  3. This is really the best tasting rub mix I’ve ever tried… I’ve used it on grilled ribeyes, burgers and chicken thighs, all were fantastic! Thanks Stephanie!

    • Yayyy, I’m so happy to hear that Steve! We’ve been making this on our steaks for the past 5 years and it never fails. Thanks so much for the great review!😃

  4. Hello Stephanie,

    Well, we tried this recipe this evening. It was most definitely a hit with the family. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe. This one is most certainly a keeper. Best regards

  5. Hello Stephanie, I will be trying this rub iver the weekend. I’m sure, it will be delicious. I have a question. In the ingredients list, it calls for garlic powder, but, in the video it states garlic salt. Which is correct? I would assume the garlic powder is correct, in the ingredients list and nit the garlic powder in the video, as this seems to be a lot of salt. Thanks for your time and I will post after the taste test.

  6. Made the rub today going to try on porterhouse tomorrow on grill 

  7. This stuff is the GREATEST – a tasty, savory seasoning blend with just a hint of sweetness from the sugar carmelizing. I keep a jar of this mixed in the cabinet now!

    • Thanks so much Justine! My husband is literally cooking a steak with this season right now, it’s his favorite! Thanks so much for the great review!💗

  8. Tasted just like TR – I forgot the paprika and used white sugar (all I had) and it tasted amazing. I eyeballed everything for about half the recipe & it turned out wonderful. The grilling tips were right on the money too! Now if only I can mimic their bread & side salads too 🤪

  9. Great job on this steak rub mimicking the Roadhouse recipe! I’m 55 and this is the 1st time I’ve really-really enjoyed a steak which I cooked on the grill.

  10. This was delicious!!! I let the sirloin and a chicken breast sit for about four hours before grilling and it was so flavorful. Topped with a little garlic butter at the end, so good! Definitely using this rub again. I think it would be great on pork chops as well. Thanks!

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