Use this Sea Salt Rub for great steaks the next time you hit the grill

Southern Kitchen
Sea salt rub

About the recipe

Barbecue sauce gets all the attention, but true Southerners know that the secret to great grilling is in the rub.

While this recipe should be sufficient for up to two pounds of beef, it saves time to make your rub in bulk and save some for later. To ensure you never find your pantry lacking a good rub, mix together the dry ingredients — say, five times the amounts listed above — and store in an airtight jar in a cool place away from sunlight. Just skip the butter at this stage to avoid spoilage. You can add it in as you prep the meat on grill day.

Serves: Makes about 1/4 cup

Hands On Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds

1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary

4 tablespoons unsalted butter


In a large bowl, combine the salt, pepper, cumin, coriander and rosemary.

Just before you are about to use the rub, melt the butter in a small skillet. Add the butter to the spices and mix thoroughly, making sure not to leave any lumps. Apply the rub evenly to the surface of the meat, ideally using your hands like a true Southerner would. And that’s it — now you’re ready to cook.