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The BEST Steak Rub (Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill)

The BEST Steak Rub (Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill)

Amp up your next steak by coating it in this Homemade Steak Rub, a custom blend of spices and herbs based on Bobby Flay’s popular rub at Mesa Grill. This steak rub recipe is a nice departure from the classic Montreal Steak Seasoning and Texas Roadhouse Steak Seasoning.

Steak dry rub adds a dynamic flavor to all your steak recipes, including Picanha, Sous Vide Ribeye and Smoked Tri Tip.

Steak Rub Recipe

This is the best dry rub for steak as it compliments the flavor of the beef, without masking it. This specific steak spice rub is Southwest inspired, as those flavors are Bobby Flay’s speciality. 

Other popular Spice Mix recipes: Carne Asada SeasoningLamb SeasoningPrime Rib Rub, Turkey Rub and our popular BBQ Rub.

9 spices on a deckled plate.


Wondering what’s in this steak seasoning rub? This steak rub recipe requires 8 different spices, however many you probably already have in your pantry: 

  • Spanish Paprika – Regular, smoked or sweet will also work.
  • Dry Mustard
  • Dried Oregano
  • Ancho Chili Powder – don’t worry – it won’t be spicy!
  • Ground Coriander
  • Ground Cumin
  • Garlic Powder – not found in Bobby’s official recipe.
  • Onion Powder – not found in Bobby’s official recipe.

Bobby Flay’s version does not include garlic or onion powder, however we love both flavors therefore included them. Feel free to omit.

Salt and pepper are also included, but everyone has these pantry staples.


If you need a good binder, we highly recommend using beef bouillon or Dijon mustard recipe. They add a flavorful twist compared to basic olive oil. Just coat the steak with your selected binder before adding the steak rub.

If you’re wondering what the heck a “binder” is: A binder refers to a wet ingredient slathered on meat before adding the dry rub. It helps the dry steak rubs to stick, as well as, aides in creating a delicious crust.

Raw steak and olive oil on a silver baking sheet.

How To Season 

To season, pat the steaks dry with a paper towel, coat in olive oil (or your selected binder), and a healthy dose of spice mix. We recommend 1 tbsp of spice mix per pound (16 oz) of meat.

Try and dry brine the meat for at least 1 hour, up to 24 hours, to ensure flavor absorption. The longer it marinates in that time frame the better. If you don’t have that much time, aim for 30 minutes!


There are many recipes to use this dry rub for steak on, including Smoked Recipes and Sous Vide recipes:

Smoked Recipes

A few great smoked beef recipes to use this steak rub on: Smoked Chuck Roast, and Smoked London Broil.

Sous Vide Recipes

A few great Sous Vide recipes to use this steak rub on: Sous Vide Chuck RoastSous Vide London Broil, and  Sous Vide Tri Tip.

Plate of steak dry rub with a silver spoon.

More Ideas

Dry rubs aren’t just for steaks! Here are a few more creative uses for it:


This steak seasoning is perfect as is, but we still wanted to provide some popular variations:

Spicy – Amp up the heat by doubling, or even tripling, the red pepper flakes.

Want A Hint of Smoke? Use smoked paprika in place of the regular paprika.

Like it Sweet? Add a teaspoon of brown sugar.

Like Garlic? This homemade steak seasoning can handle a double hit of garlic powder.

Small glass jar and spoon holding dry seasoning mix.

Low Sodium Version

Looking for a low sodium beef rub? Just omit the salt altogether and add, to personal preference, after the meat is cooked.

If you prefer to add it to the mix, in advance, we recommend starting with 1/4 teaspoon at a time until your desired salt level is reached.


Here are some tips to making the best dry rub for steak:

  • Adjust the amount of salt and pepper to your taste preferences.
  • Marinate your meat for at least an hour to ensure maximum flavor absorption.


Whip up a huge batch of best steak rub and keep it on hand, in an airtight jar, to use as needed. The mix will stay fresh for 6 months.

Dry Steak Rubs

Steak rub in a small glass jar and on a small spoon.

Steak Rub Recipe (The Best Steak Dry Rub)

Amp up your next steak by coating it in Homemade Steak Rub. This custom blend of spices and herbs takes only 5 minutes to whip up. Steak dry rub adds a dynamic flavor to all your steak recipes, including Picanha, Sous Vide Ribeye and Smoked Tri Tip.
5 from 63 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Homemade Spices
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Spice Mix, Steak Seasoning
Servings: 6 Tbsp
Calories: 19kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $2


  • 2 tbsp ancho chili powder
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 1 tbsp spanish paprika
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp dry mustard
  • tsp dried oregano
  • tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper


  • Add all the spices to a small bowl and mix to combine. Store in an air-tight container for up to 6 months.


Storage: Store this spice blend covered in the pantry for up to 6 months.


Calories: 19kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Sodium: 1197mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 659IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg
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