Spicy Flat Iron Steak Rub Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Spicy Flat Iron Steak Rub Recipe
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Spicy Flat Iron Steak Rub

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"This is a super flavorful rub with a Southwest taste for flat iron steak. You can use this recipe for grilling, broiling or stove top (fry pan or stove top grill) cooking. The steak is also great served with a few slices of avocado on top. Let the rub sit for up to 2 days, if possible, for the best flavor."

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  • PREP

    10 mins

    40 mins


  1. Mix the brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, ancho chile powder, chipotle chile powder, salt-free seasoning blend, salt, and pepper together in a bowl until thoroughly blended. Sprinkle over both sides of the steak, and rub into the meat. Cover, and refrigerate at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 days.
  2. Before cooking, drizzle steak with vegetable oil, and rub the oil into the meat. Cook as desired.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jul 01, 2008

I honestly have no idea what kind of steak we used with this rub, but I can't see how any other cut would be different, it was delicious! The brown sugar mellows out the spices, so it's not too spicy or sweet. Hubby and I are trying to alter our diet a little so I went for a rub on our lean steaks instead of a marinade with a bunch of oil. I sprayed both sides of the meat with olive oil cooking spray before putting it on the grill and served over a nice big salad. Wonderful flavor, will definitely make again soon.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 27, 2008

Too sweet. Less sugar would be better. Be carefull when hosting and serving this dish. Everyb0ody does not like sweet meat. I found this had to much sugar. I would reduce the sugar amount and that should do the trick. Thanjks for sharing

Jan 11, 2008

The title of this recipe is very misleading! This is actually little more than an all-purpose beef rub! I have used it on steaks and ribs, and it is fantastic. And yes, it is good on flat iron steaks as well.

Mar 09, 2008

Fantastic rub! I doubled this and used it on baby back ribs, hubby liked it a lot. Best of all, it was salt-free. I did not use the vegetable oil. Despite the brown sugar, this is not a sweet rub, it has a spicy warmth from the peppers, but it wsn't hot. Love this rub. Thanks! I might try this with chicken too.

Sep 16, 2008

Really good steak rub! I didn't have three kinds of chili powder on hand, so I just added 1 tbps of the plain old chili powder, and then a couple dashes of paprika, rosemary, thyme and cajun each, yum yum! Only had time to marinate for 45 minutes, and it turned out great! Thanks :)

Apr 22, 2008

This was an excellent steak rub! I used top sirloin and made a few substitutions because I didn't have all the spices on hand. I used cajun seasoning instead of chipolte & ancho pepper and garlic salt instead of salt/pepper. Yummy!

May 20, 2009

Good rub, if and only if you like the flavor of chili powder. It was a little to chili tasting for me, but the spice level was nice and I liked the sweetness of the brown sugar. Overall, it was good.

Dec 01, 2008

Very delicious! Spicy, yet sweet. My husband enjoyed it but thought it was a little too sweet--might want to reduce the sugar and add more spice.


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  • Calories
  • 586 kcal
  • 29%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 9.4 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol
  • 155 mg
  • 52%
  • Fat
  • 40.4 g
  • 62%
  • Fiber
  • 1.3 g
  • 5%
  • Protein
  • 47.2 g
  • 94%
  • Sodium
  • 281 mg
  • 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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