Cowboy Spice Mix {The Perfect Steak Rub}

Cowboy Spice Mix Juggling Act Mama

This Cowboy Spice Mix Steak Rub is my sister and new brother-in-law’s favorite seasoning for steak.  I made a big batch of this at Christmastime and all the men in the family got a little jar.  This Cowboy Spice Mix has a little sweetness from the brown sugar, a little heat from the chili powder and cayenne pepper, and an interesting twist with ground coffee thrown into the mix.

Cowboy Spice Mix steak rub shown in an open mason jar

My husband loves this steak rub too and it’s become a pantry staple for us.  When I get low, I make up a big batch and put them into 4oz canning jars (this recipe will yield about 2 cups or about two 4 ounce jars).

This Cowboy Spice Steak Rub is a great housewarming gift, teacher appreciation, birthday, and of course don’t forget Father’s Day!

Ingredients for this steak rub recipe in individual piles inside a white bowl

This steak rub is really easy to put together just throw it all in a bowl and stir it together. Make sure to crush any chunks of spices out so that it’s well blended. When you are ready to use it pull your steaks out of the fridge and let them sit for about 30 minutes. You NEVER want to grill a cold steak. Letting it sit out will let the juices distribute for a juicer better tasking steak.

Just sprinkle some onto each side of the steak and rub it in with your hand really well. If touching raw meat freaks you out then put on a plastic glove. Just make sure to wash your hands after regardless of how you do it.

Cowboy Spice Mix
A little sweet, a little spicy and the perfect rub for steak!
Author: Ang Paris - Juggling Act Mama
Ingredient List
  • 3/4 cup chili powder
  • 1/4 cup ground coffee
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1/4 cup ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients and whisk gently to combine. Package the mixture in an airtight container until ready to use.
Recipe Notes

Drizzle 2 tablespoons of olive oil over 1 pound of steak. Rub in 1/4 cup of the spice mixture and marinate 1 hour. Grill to desired doneness.

If you love this steak rub recipe you might also want to check out:

Homemade BBQ Sauce as well as my Sauces, Marinades & More page!

17 Responses

  1. Would this be good on chicken drums?
  2. We just had this last night on our BBQ'ed steaks. We all loved it!! I made a big batch for gift baskets!
  3. roberta walsh says:
    thanks for sharing the love for gifts etc cant wait to try:)
  4. Rod Middlebrooks says:
    Recipe for Cowboy Spicd Mix? I can't seem to find it. Please email if possible. Thanks!!!
    1. Hi Rod, sorry we were changing recipe plugins to better serve our readers. You will now be able to save recipes to your own recipe box and create a shopping list! It is up now.
  5. Can this be used on pork chops or pork tenderloin or pork roast? Thank you. I am excited to make this mix!
  6. Ricardo Ramirez says:
    Tried it & loved it.
    1. Ricardo Ramirez says:
      I still haven't gotten your email yet.I've tried it 2 times.
  7. I think I'm going to make up a big batch of these and give it to my three brother-in-laws for Christmas this year! (I'm trying to get a head start!) Thanks for the printable labels! Brenda
  8. is this instant coffee?
    1. Angela Paris says:
      No, regular ground coffee - instant is too granular.
  9. I love making homemade gifts! Thank you for a great idea!!
  10. Very cool! I will have to try this, especially if I can get to Winco for bulk spices and so it can be cheap. Pinning!

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