My husband & I were experimenting with some steak. We wanted a dry rub to season it instead of our usual store-bought steak seasoning. This rub was bold & flavorful we didn’t need steak sauce or anything. My husband couldn’t stop talking about how it has been a really long time since he has had a steak good enough that he didn’t need steak sauce.

The flavors are sweet & sassy. It’s got that heat from the cayenne with the caramelization of the brown sugar. If you are grilling steak this summer, this is a recipe worth trying.

Kansas City Rub

Kansas City Rub


  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp chili powder
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp onion powder
  • 3/4 tsp cayenne powder
  • 3/4 tsp dry mustard


  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor & blend until combined.
  2. Rub generously onto steak or ribs & grill until desired doneness.
  3. Store any extra, un-contaminated rub in a closed container.
Recipe adapted from