8 Homemade Steak Seasoning Ideas

Homemade Steak Seasoning Ideas

While cooking at home, it is common to use the same ingredients over and over again on your steak. We all love a great salt & pepper steak, but sometimes it’s okay to switch things! Now you may not be interested in doing a truffle basted bone in ribeye with herb wine reduction, but maybe something that can add flavor using spices just found in your cabinet might peak your interest. Here you go then, I present my 8 Homemade Steak Seasoning Ideas that take simple ingredients but provide maximum flavor. Let’s dig in!


1. SPG


The classic of all classics for steak is salt, pepper and garlic; or better known as SPG. This is a great rub for most people because it combines the savory level of salt, the earthy tang of garlic and the spiciness of black pepper. This is a go-to seasoning at my house since as long as I can remember! While it is only a side step away from the salt and pepper steak, this is a great homemade steak seasoning to add to your cooks. Plus, it goes on almost everything.


Ingredients: Salt, Pepper and Garlic Powder/Granulates.


Ideal Steaks: Pretty much everything including ribeyes, NY strips, top sirloin and more.


Recipe Idea: Ribeyes & Bacon Wrapped Scallops


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Ribeyes and Bacon Wrapped Scallops on the menu tonight with @cowboycharcoal! 🥩 🥓 🔥 . With #ValentinesDay this week, I wanted to show how easy it is to make a simple yet delicious meal over hot @cowboycharcoal. This Valentine’s Day Surf & Turf pairs Ribeye Hearts with Bacon Wrapped Scallops for a mega win. Thick cut ribeye sliced just enough to open up into a heart is seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic. Add some scallops wrapped with thinly sliced bacon on skewers to make it complete epic. Top it with a Spicy Gremolata (recipe on blog) to add some zest and color. All while cooked over deliciously smoky @cowboycharcoal. Make sure to try this recipe by clicking the link in my bio or visiting my blog: overthefirecooking.com 👍 🍻 . . . Music: Landras Dream Musician: music by audioautix.com License: https://creativecommons.org/license/by/4.0/legalcode . . . #sponsored #cowboycharcoal #cookinwithcowboy #overthefirecooking #scallops #baconwrappedscallops #ribeye #ribeyes #steaks #food #foodrecipe #datenight #valentinesdayrecipe #recipevideo #beef #forkyeah #surfandturf #surfnturf

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2. Coffee Rub


If you are like me, then you absolutely love coffee. I have my cup of morning joe every day, and sometimes get fancy with pour-overs and espresso. So have you ever tried ground coffee on your steak? I highly recommend this with fatty cuts like ribeyes and t-bones to help amp up the sweetness. By adding some ancho chile powder or chipotle powder with my coffee rubs, then you get that savory sweet and a bit spicy crust on your steaks.


Ingredients: Finely Ground Coffee, Smoky Chiles, Salt and Pepper


Ideal Steaks: Most fatty steaks like ribeyes, porterhouses, t-bones, tri-tip and brisket.


Recipe Idea: Espresso Rub T-Bone


tbone ready to eat! 


3. Garlic & Herb Steak Seasoning


Adding garlic & herbs to a steak is a holiday staple piece for my family. This simple homemade steak seasoning usually includes rosemary, thyme, garlic and more. We like to add it to whole prime ribs to smoke or go on the rotisserie. This can easily be adjusted to your average backyard cook with typical steaks like ribeyes, NY strips or top sirloin. You can also keep it classic with a whole prime rib, tri tip or tenderloin!


Ingredients: Rosemary, Thyme, Garlic, Cinnamon, Salt and Pepper


Ideal Steaks: Prime Rib, Tri Tip, Whole Tenderloin, Ribeyes and NY Strips.


Recipe Idea: Herb Encrusted Prime Rib


herb encrusted prime rib


4. Cajun Rub


Coming out of Louisiana and Creole cuisine, Cajun rub is one of the greatests additions to steaks you can come across. It is both spicy, savory and herbal all at the same time. Even add this rub to some butter to top your SPG steak for a little extra creamy kick. Cajun rub is the ideal homemade steak seasoning for classic cuts like ribeyes and strip steaks. It also goes great on unique cuts like skirt steak, flank steak or hanger steak. Also grab some Spiceology Cajun rub if you don’t wanna make it at home!


Ingredients: Garlic Powder, Paprika, Dried Oregano, Onion Powder, Cayenne Powder, Red Pepper Flakes, Salt and Black Pepper.


Ideal Steaks: Ribeyes, Strip Steaks, Flank Steaks and Hanger Steaks.


Recipe Idea: Cajun Ribeye w/Parsley Butter



5. SPC


We have now learned that SPG stands for Salt, Pepper and Garlic. Well my friend Anthony Harb taught me another: SPC which stands for Salt, Pepper and Cinnamon. That is right, Cinnamon. This flavor combo is savory and sweet with a nice little spice from the pepper and cinnamon combined together. I have used this rub on almost all my ribeyes since he told me because it makes an amazing crust and adds a nice hint of sweetness. Try this homemade steak seasoning of SPC cooked on the coals as well!


Ingredients: Salt, Pepper and Cinnamon.


Ideal Steaks: Ribeyes, Prime Rib, Tri Tip, Chuck Roast, Tenderloin and Filets.


Recipe Idea: Smoky & Sweet Dirty Steak


dirty steak


6. Chile Lime Seasoning/Marinade


Okay… so this might be more of a marinated than a seasoning; but, I think you will love it either way! Chile lime is one of my go-to rubs for skirt steak, flank steak or any other thin cut steak. I usually combine some salt, pepper, lime juice, orange juice, ancho chile powder, chipotle powder and garlic into a blender then add it to the steak to marinade overnight. Try this for taco night or for a quality flavor steak that cooks quickly!


Ingredients: Ancho chile powder, chipotle powder, lime juice, orange juice, garlic cloves, salt and black pepper.


Ideal Steaks: Thin cut steaks like skirt steak or flank steak.


Recipe Idea: Chipotle Adobo Skirt Steak


chipotle adobo skirt steak


7. Smoky Sweet Homemade Steak Seasoning


When smoking beef, we all tend to gravitate towards sweet and savory blends. The smoky sweet rub is the ideal homemade steak seasoning for just that! Try this combo of salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and brown sugar on most smoked beef recipes like chuck roast, beef back ribs, prime rib, brisket or beef cheeks. This is such a simple seasoning to use on simple cuts too like filet mignon or ribeyes.


Ingredients: Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder and Brown Sugar.


Ideal Steaks: Brisket, Chuck Roast and Beef Ribs


Recipe Idea: Smoked Wagyu Beef Back Ribs


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Who is ready for some Smoked Wagyu Beef Back Ribs from @mishimareserve??? I did not grow up smoking beef ribs on the regular; however after this cook, I am definitely making these a staple piece meal at my house. Smoked these ribs for 3-4 hours at 275F until they were nice and tender. So easy to make them delicious when you are working with American Wagyu like @mishimareserve! Do not forget, when you use “overthefirecooking” at @mishimareserve you get 10% off. Click the link in my bio to see this recipe or go to my blog (overthefirecooking.com). Happy grilling! . . . Discount Code: “overthefirecooking” to get 10% off @mishimareserve! . . . Music: Makes Me Feel Musician: Not The King . . . #sponsored #mishimareserve #overthefirecooking #beef #beefribs #smoking #bbq #barbeque #barbecue #forkyeah #grilling #backribs #beefbackribs #meat #meatlover #smoked #grilled #chimchurri

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8. Homemade Chimichurri


Again, this is more of a marinade than a seasoning; but, I do believe that chimichurri goes well on just about anything! This classic South American sauce is a great dip for your fire grilled skirt steak, but it also does well when marinated. The red wine vinegar adds a nice tang while the salt + pepper adds an incredible savory spice. Try this on just about anything: skirt steak, tri tip, prime rib or picanha. It is an incredible addition to any cook’s repertoire.


Ingredients: Parsley, Garlic, Oregano, Red Pepper Flakes, Black Pepper, Salt, Red Wine Vinegar and Olive Oil.


Ideal Steaks: Anything really… like Picanha, Skirt Steak or Tri-Tip.


Recipe Idea: Chimichurri Marinated Tri-Tip w/Fries


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Chimichurri Marinated Tri-Tip with Fries 🥩 🌿 🍟 🔥 . Today, I will be volunteering with @opbbqrelief to serve those affected by the Nashville Tornado. Earlier this week though, I cooked some Chimichurri Tri-Tip in the fire pit with some fries and extra chimichurri on the side. This has become a go-to recipe for me when cooking for friends, and I might be doing it this weekend at a big event! Marinated this fat-cap-on tri-tip over night in homemade chimichurri. Grilled over the fire pit for about 1.5 hours to slowly cook it till it hit about 130F. I flipped it often so I could get an even crust! Cooked up some fries in my cast iron in peanut oil then seasoned them with salt garlic pepper from @spiceology. Slice it up on my cutting board from @aeluxuryhome, topped the fries with the steak and topped the steak with more chimichurri. This is a Wolfpack favorite for sure! 👍 🔥 . . . Ingredients Steak: 1 fat cap on tri-tip. Chimichurri Marinade: 1/4 cup of chopped parsley, 3 tbsp of red wine vinegar, 5-6 chopped garlic cloves, 1 tsp of salt, 1 tsp of pepper, 1 tsp of red chili flakes and 3 tbsp of olive oil. Fries: 2 fry cut russet potatoes, 2 cups of peanut oil and 1 tbsp of Salt Garlic Pepper from @spiceology. . . . Gear: Wood from @westernbbqwood Cutting Board from @aeluxuryhome Spices from @spiceology . . . Music: B.there.4.u Musician: Jef . . . #overthefirecooking #openfirecooking #livefirecooking #cookingwithfire #firecooking #campfirecooking #forkyeah #grilling #nashville #food #videorecipe #bbq #barbecue #barbeque #asado #churrasco #tritip #chimichurri #chimichurritritip #chimi #fries #garlicfries #steakandfries

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9. Bonus: My Spices are the Ultimate Steak Seasoning


A bonus idea is to grab some of my seasonings! Last year, I released 5 spices including Chipotle Garlic, Tennessee Smoke, Maple Bourbon, Hatch Chile and Nashville Hot Chicken. They are all amazing to use as seasonings, rubs or marinades on steak.


And…. on April 27th I will be releasing a South American Inspired line of rubs from my travels and inspiration cooking over fire. Stay tuned for more info! 


Keep that fire going!




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