The Zip Steak Rub

I know, I’ve talked a lot about spices and playing with different blends to keep food interesting. It really does work, and if your hesitant on getting creative, the trick is to find your favorites and slowly add something different one spice at a time. Or swap one spice with another. I talked a lot about spices in this blog post just a couple weeks ago. So I figured I’d put my money where my mouth was and do a spice blend! 


To help inspire you, to create some magic in your kitchen I have a Steak Rub for you to try. I used this on some elk steaks. I let the steaks reach room temperature, and then rubbed this seasoning mix into them twenty minutes before I grilled them. Spicy but not hot with a smoky hint, good flavor for the grill for sure.

This is a small mix, because I didn’t want any leftover. I had about a 1/2 pound of meat and this was a good amount for the steaks. It would be easy to adjust the measurements for a bigger batch of meat or to keep in a resealable container for cooking later.


This mix is named for my biggest fan, and furry best friend Zip, who was stalking me in the kitchen as I was creating this mix for our elk steaks. He would be honored if you tried it sometime.


I just love him to bits. He’s the best, the absolute best. I’m sure other dog owners think that of their dogs to. But Zip really is the best. No doubt about it.

Happy cooking from Zip & I!

The Zip Steak Rub


1 tsp Sea Salt

½ tsp Black Pepper

½ tsp Red Pepper Flakes

¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper

½ tsp Garlic Powder

1 tsp Smoked Paprika

½ tsp Sweet Paprika

¼ tsp Onion Powder


Measure all ingredients in a small bowl or ramekin. Mix thoroughly.

Use on beef, elk, pork chops or chicken.



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