Rub Essentials: Lover’s Caress Spicy Steak Rub

Andy Anderson !


I’ve been messing about with a lot of spice rubs lately, and here’s another one to add to the long list. It’s a spicy rub that’s designed primarily for grilling steaks; however, I have experimented with it on chicken breasts, and even pork chops. It’s spicy, but with a sweet heat that lingers on the lips like a lover’s kiss. Hence the name: Lover’s Caress.

If you decide to use the bourbon, it will blend in with the coconut sugar, and create a perfect blend between sweet and heat.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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10 Min
No-Cook or Other



  • 1 Tbsp
    hungarian paprika, smoked variety
  • 2 tsp
    chili powder, i prefer mexane chili powder
  • 1 tsp
    smoked sea salt
  • 1 tsp
    coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 tsp
    chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    white pepper, freshly ground
  • 1/2 tsp
    garlic powder

  • 1 oz
    bourbon, more on that later

How to Make Rub Essentials: Lover’s Caress Spicy Steak Rub


  2. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  3. Thoroughly combine all the ingredients in a small mixing bowl.
  4. Store in a tightly sealed container away from heat and light.
  5. Chef’s Note: This rub should last for several months, if properly stored.
  7. Pick up your favorite cut of steak (ribeye, sirloin, T-bone, etc.).
    Wet the steak down with a bit of bourbon.
    Chef’s Note: If you choose not to use the bourbon, you might want to add a pinch or two more coconut sugar.
    Sprinkle the steak rub on both sides of the steak.
    Tightly wrap in cling foil, and place in the fridge overnight.
  8. Chef’s Tip: If you can allow the steaks to marinate in the rub for a minimum of 8 hours, you won’t be disappointed.
  9. Fire up the grill, and cook your favorite way.
  11. Serve with your favorite sides. Enjoy.
  12. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Rub Essentials: Lover’s Caress Spicy Steak Rub

Course/Dish: Seasoning Mixes
Main Ingredient: Spice/Herb/Seasoning
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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