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A Valentine's Day Steak Rub-down

by Amanda Liffiton

A Valentine's Day Steak Rub-down

Steak is a wonderful Valentine’s Day treat – and right now many of our favorite steaks are on sale. Make your Valentine’s Day dinner extra special with a dry rub. Here’s how:

  1. Select a thick steak – thinner steaks don’t stand up as well to the strong flavors of a dry rub. Try a Pusheta Creek ribeye, T-bone, strip or sirloin, which are all 1” cuts.

  2. Purchase a prepared steak rub or, better yet, make your own tasty concoction. Popular ingredients include onion and garlic powder, mustard powder, cumin, paprika, red chili flakes, cayenne, thyme, and even a bit of brown sugar. Be sure to add salt and pepper (unless you are already using a lot of cayenne or other peppers).

    Try the Pusheta Creek basic rub: Grab a zip plastic bag and shake together 3 tbsp kosher salt, 3 tbsp smoked paprika, 2 tbsp onion powder, 2 tbsp garlic powder, 1 tbsp red chili flakes, 1 tbsp coarse ground black pepper, ½ tbsp light brown sugar (optional). Coats up to four steaks.

  3. You’ll need about 3 tablespoons of rub for each steak. Use your fingers to generously massage the rub into both sides of the steak. Give it a good rubdown – about a minute on each side.

  4. Let it rest – at least a few hours, preferably overnight. This will allow the flavors to seep into the meat, making it more delicious.

  5. Grill or broil to your preferred level – but use a slightly lower temperature, or if broiling, move the pan down a level, as the rub can burn.

Enjoy with baked sweet potato and a beautiful salad (with some flowers perhaps? Petals from undyed carnations, nasturtiums, or pansies are all colorful additions to the Valentine’s Day table.)

Happy Valentine’s Day from Pusheta Creek!




Amanda Liffiton
Amanda Liffiton

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