Hearty Peppercorn Rub for Steaks and Chops

Nothing beats a great grilled steak – except for a great grilled steak with an awesome rub seasoning that’s simple and quick! This recipe is inspired by the seasonings used on steaks in some of the classic old-school steak houses. A combination of peppercorns with only a few other ingredients.

All you need to do is decide what cut you’re going to use! Good news – it works with any steak cut you can think of including kabobs and… shark or tuna steaks. And it’s perfect for pork chops and even wild game.

I prefer grilling, that’s a given, but the nature of this rub also works well when pan-searing.


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground black peppercorn
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground black peppercorn
  • 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1 tablespoon ground sage
  • 2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoon ground red pepper
  • 1 cube beef bullion (crushed)


Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Store in a dry sealed container.

The Flavored Butter Option

Oh, one hack for this seasoning  – use a few hefty dashes for flavored butter! Take a stick of butter, place it in a bowl and allow it to come to room temperature, add the seasoning, mix it together, and place it on some wax paper in a general stick of butter form. Roll the paper around the butter, form up evenly, and place it in the fridge so it firms back up. Now you can slice it for perfect pats of flavored butter.

Author Bio: Kent Whitaker, also known as “The Deck Chef,” is an award-winning culinary writer and cookbook author. He’s also penned Young Reader, NASCAR and History titles. The former winner of the Emeril Live Food Network Barbecue Contest also covers football, motorsports, and bass fishing. Kent currently lives in East Tennessee with his wife, son, and a couple of dogs that love when he fires up the smoker or grill. You can reach out to Kent at www.thedeckchef.com, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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