Spaghetti Western Steak Rub

Spaghetti Western Spice Rub

It’s food swap time again, which means time to get creative with my swapping stuff. As I was perusing Pinterest, I came across a couple of different steak rub recipes that – things being what they are – I didn’t have all the ingredients for. No worries, I took the basic idea and came up with my own. I call it a Spaghetti Western Steak Rub because I added fennel, which wasn’t an ingredient in any, but a substitution for a substitution of (did that make sense? X can be a substitute for Y. Y is a substitute for Z, therefore, X is a substitute for Z… or vice versa).

Spaghetti Western Steak Rub

To use, rub into your favorite steak and let rest for at least 30 minutes. Grill as you normally would.
  • ¾ cup chili powder – I used both Ancho and New Mexico Chili powders
  • ¼ cup ground coffee
  • ¼ cup paprika
  • ¼ cup ground cumin
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons smoked applewood salt
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons ground fennel
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  1. Combine all ingredients together.
  2. If swapping, separate into 1-use portions (1/4 cup in my case).
  3. Package for swapping (spice bottles, ziploc bags, your choice).


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