January 3rd, 2008

Tasty Rubs

This week we’re featuring some recipes submitted from our Kansas City Steak Company customers!  Each of these rubs can be used on your favorite cut of steak.  A rub is generally made by combining dry ingredients:  spices, salts and herbs are the most common ones, although sometimes a rub will call for a liquid ingredient, such as lemon juice.

Rubs add flavor and a somewhat-crunchy crust to the steaks’ exterior; this is often the result of some type of sugar in the rub.  The sugar caramelizes (liquefies)  as it heats up then becomes brittle as it cools down — for that reason, its a good idea when grilling a rubbed steak to watch it carefully as it cooks to prevent a charred, gooey mess.   The longer a rub is allowed to penetrate the surface of the steak before cooking, the more pronounced the flavor will be.

Try these tasty rubs, and let us know what you think!

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