Spice Up Your Steak with this Smoky Chipotle Steak Rub!

It’s summertime and that means it’s time to get your grill on! As a BBQ chef, I can tell you there’s nothing better than the smell of smoky chipotle wafting through the air. That’s why I’m excited to share with you my latest recipe for Smoky Chipotle Steak Rub.

This dry rub is quick and easy to make, but packs a big flavor punch. It’s perfect for steak, pork, chicken, or even grilled vegetables. The combination of smoky chipotle peppers, dried rosemary, thyme, and garlic powder will tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting more.

And don’t worry if you don’t have all the ingredients on hand – I’ll give you some substitutions and variations in this article that will allow you to come up with your own unique twist on this classic spice rub.

So fire up the grill and get ready to impress your family and friends with this delicious smoky chipotle steak rub recipe. Trust me, they’ll be asking for seconds!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Smoky Chipotle Steak Rub
Smoky Chipotle Steak Rub

Are you tired of the same old steak recipe? Look no further! I have a recipe that will knock your socks off – Smoky Chipotle Steak Rub. This recipe is perfect for anyone who loves a smoky and spicy flavor with a hint of sweetness.

One of the reasons why you’ll love this recipe is because it’s incredibly easy to make. In fact, it requires only a few ingredients that you might already have in your pantry, such as black pepper, salt, garlic powder, and sweet paprika. The star of the show is the smoky chipotle powder and seasoning. It’s what gives this rub its unique and bold flavor that you won’t find in any other seasoning blend.

Another reason why this recipe is so great is because it’s versatile. You can use this rub on any cut of meat including chicken, pork, or even fish. It’s also perfect for grilled vegetables such as corn or zucchini. The possibilities are endless!

If you like your steaks with a little bit of sweetness, then this recipe is definitely for you. The brown sugar in the rub gives it just the right amount of sweetness without overpowering the other flavors. Plus, it creates a beautiful caramelized crust on the outside of your steak when cooked over high heat.

Lastly, one more reason why you’ll love this recipe is because it’s quick and easy to make. In just minutes, you can have a delicious rub made from scratch that will elevate any dish to restaurant-quality levels. What’s not to love?

So whether you’re grilling up some chicken wings or making a steak bowl, this Smoky Chipotle Steak Rub will quickly become your go-to seasoning blend. Trust me, your taste buds will thank you!

Ingredient List

 A smokin' hot time is guaranteed with this smoky chipotle steak rub! 🔥🔥
A smokin’ hot time is guaranteed with this smoky chipotle steak rub! 🔥🔥

Let’s talk ingredients, folks. This Smoky Chipotle Steak Rub Recipe combines various spices that will make your taste buds dance with joy. Here’s the list of the items required for this recipe:

Dry Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons of smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons of sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons of chipotle powder, divided into 1 tablespoon and 1 teaspoon
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon of dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon of dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons of chipotle coffee

You can find all these spices at your nearest grocery store or on online shopping websites. One dollar spent on purchasing high-quality ingredients like these can bring immense benefits in terms of flavors and taste.

The Recipe How-To

 Bring the heat with bold flavors and spicy kick! 🌶️🌶️
Bring the heat with bold flavors and spicy kick! 🌶️🌶️

Now, let’s get down to business with the recipe How-To! Follow these steps to create the smoky chipotle steak rub that will elevate your grilling game.

Equipment Needed

  • Bowl
  • Measuring Spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Whisk


  1. Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and whisk together well. You want to make sure everything is evenly combined.

  2. Rub the seasoning onto your desired cut of meat. Whether it be steak, chicken, or pork, this rub will enhance any protein.

  3. If you have time, let your meat marinate for at least an hour in the fridge to allow the flavors to absorb into every nook and cranny.

  4. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat and grill your protein until it’s cooked exactly how you like it.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

If you want a heavier coat of smoky chipotle steak rub, pat the seasoning onto the meat with your hands. For an even application, use tongs to handle your meat and a sprinkle method for a lighter coating.

This dry rub recipe yields enough for one large cut of meat such as a skirt steak or multiple smaller cuts such as chicken wings or pork chops.

Grab some applewood chips, heat up your grill, and experience the magic of this quick easy spicy BBQ rub firsthand!

Substitutions and Variations

 A little bit of spice makes everything nice! 🌶️💥
A little bit of spice makes everything nice! 🌶️💥

Oh, baby, here’s where things get exciting! You know that feeling when you’re out of ingredients but don’t want to go to the store? That’s when substitutions come in handy. Fear not, my fellow grill masters- I’ve got some tips for ya.

If you don’t have dried rosemary or thyme, swap them out with oregano for that earthy flavor; or basil for a more floral taste. If you’re not a big fan of garlic (I mean, who are you?), feel free to replace it with ginger powder- guaranteed to give your taste buds a kick they won’t soon forget.

Craving some more heat? Get ready for this one: Replace the chipotle powder in your rub recipe with habanero powder or cayenne pepper. It’ll add an extra layer of heat for those of us who aren’t afraid to turn up the temperature. It’s simple and quick — just mix it all together and watch as everyone’s taste buds light up with joy.

And if you want to add an extra on-kick flavor, grab some Cattleman Grill Smoky Chipotle seasoning instead of traditional chili powder. One lick, and you’ll be hooked! Trust me, I’ve been there.

Finally, if you don’t eat red meat or just fancy a change-up from the usual beefsteak, try this chipotle spice rub on pork chops or chicken thighs. Oh boy. It takes things to a whole new level of spicy BBQ deliciousness roast chicken wings in this blend and watch your guests go wild – this pair will always be unstoppable.

Experimenting with substitutions leads to quick and easy chipotle rubs that we all can enjoy, but remember not to overdo it or replace too many elements at once, otherwise the recipe formula might be off balance; finding the perfect combination is just a matter of time and effort!

So come on y’all – let’s get experimental with this spice rub recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 Not for the faint of heart, this rub will pack a punch! 💥💪
Not for the faint of heart, this rub will pack a punch! 💥💪

Alright folks, listen up. Once you have this smoky chipotle steak rubbed to perfection, you might be thinking, “What do I pair it with?” Well, don’t fret my friends, because I’ve got some suggestions that will make your taste buds sing.

First off, this steak pairs well with a smoky barbecue sauce or salsa. I personally recommend making your own batch of chipotle BBQ sauce by mixing together some ketchup, cider vinegar, honey, Worcestershire sauce, and of course, some chipotle peppers. Trust me on this one — the sweetness of the honey and tanginess of the cider vinegar mixed with the smoky heat of the chipotle will take your steak to the next level.

If you’re looking for a side dish to accompany this steak, I’d suggest some baked sweet potatoes or roasted root vegetables. The hearty sweetness of these veggies complements that sweet and smoky flavor in the steak rub.

But let’s not forget about the drinks! A bold red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon or Malbec would go nicely with this dish. For those who prefer a lighter drink, I recommend a crisp lager or pilsner.

And last but not least, what better way to serve this smoky chipotle steak than in a burrito bowl? Start with a base of seasoned rice and black beans, then add in some sliced avocado and salsa. Top it all off with slices of that juicy steak and a dollop of sour cream for an easy yet flavorful meal.

The possibilities are endless! Remember folks — the key to a good meal is balance. With the right pairing components, you can bring out even more flavors from this delicious steak. So go on now, get cooking!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Rich and flavorful, this smoky chipotle rub is a steak lover's dream come true! 🥩💭
Rich and flavorful, this smoky chipotle rub is a steak lover’s dream come true! 🥩💭

Making this smoky chipotle steak rub is already quick and easy, but if you’re one to prepare beforehand, you can definitely do so with this recipe. The dry rub can be made ahead of time and stored in an airtight container or sealed plastic bag for up to 6 months. This way, you can always have some on hand to use for a quick weeknight dinner or last-minute BBQ gathering.

If you have leftovers, it’s important to store them properly to avoid spoilage. You can store the cooked meat in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To reheat the meat, preheat your oven to 350°F and place it on an oven-safe dish for about 15-20 minutes. Alternatively, you can reheat it on the stovetop over low heat until heated through.

If you’re planning on freezing the meat, it’s best to do so before cooking it. Place the uncooked meat in an airtight freezer-safe container or plastic bag, and it should keep well for up to 3 months. To thaw, simply remove from the freezer and place in the refrigerator overnight before cooking following the recipe instructions.

Whether reheating or serving fresh off the grill, keep in mind that resting your cooked meat for at least 5-10 minutes before slicing will ensure that it remains juicy and tender.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Add some sizzle to your steak with this mouthwatering rub! 🔥👌
Add some sizzle to your steak with this mouthwatering rub! 🔥👌

Now that you’ve got the hang of making your very own smoky chipotle steak rub, it’s time to learn some tips and tricks for getting that perfect result! Here are some pointers:

First and foremost, make sure to use high-quality ingredients. The spices you use will make or break the flavor of your rub. Opt for fresh, whole spices if possible, as pre-ground spices can lose their potency over time.

When it comes to measuring your ingredients, be precise. Even a small amount of an ingredient can greatly affect the overall taste of your rub. A kitchen scale is a handy tool to have for this purpose.

Don’t be afraid to adjust the recipe to your liking. If you prefer a spicier rub, add some extra chipotle powder or chili powder. If you want a sweeter flavor, add more brown sugar. Remember that cooking should always be about experimenting and finding what works best for you.

Make sure you really massage the rub into the meat to ensure maximum flavor absorption. Don’t be shy – get in there and really work the rub into every nook and cranny.

Let your meat rest after applying the rub. This will allow the flavors to permeate more deeply into the meat and create an overall tastier dish.

If grilling, make sure your grill is at the right temperature before cooking. A good rule of thumb is to cook your steak over medium-high heat. Too hot and you’ll burn your steak; too low and it won’t cook properly.

Finally, let your meat rest after cooking before cutting into it. This will allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in a juicier and more flavorful final product.

Follow these tips and you’re sure to achieve amazing results with your smoky chipotle steak rub every time. Happy grilling!

Bottom Line

Smoky Chipotle Steak Rub Recipe

In conclusion, this smoky chipotle steak rub recipe is a must-try for any backyard grill master. The mix of sweet and spicy flavors blended with the smoky essence of chipotle and other quality spices will elevate your grilled meats to the next level. Whether you prefer steak or chicken, pork or wings, this dry rub can come in handy for all meat-based dishes.

With easy-to-follow instructions, versatile ingredients, and accessible substitutes, you can make this recipe your own and craft various rubs that fit your preference. If you love a smoky flavor-packed seasoning, the combination of sweet paprika and chipotle powder is perfect for achieving that effect. For those who favor spicier flavors, adding more chili powder or crushed peppers can bring heat to this dish.

The beauty of this recipe is its flexibility. You can customize it to fit any cut of meat and create multiple variations without compromising quality. Also, it’s perfect for make-ahead cooks as you can store the dry mix in an airtight container for future use.

If you’re looking to impress your guests at your next BBQ party or family gathering, this chipotle steak rub will undoubtedly do the trick. With the right cut of meat, grill technique, and seasoning mix, you’ll have a mouthwatering dish that won’t disappoint. Try it on a skirt steak, grilled chicken breasts or in flavorful tacos.

So don’t hesitate; head to the grocery store and pick up all the ingredients necessary to make this quick and easy recipe today! And if you want to know more about grilling or different ways to use this dry rub check out heygrillhey.com or cattleman’s Grill products!

Smoky Chipotle Steak Rub

Smoky Chipotle Steak Rub Recipe

Makes a great rub for steaks. Has a lot of flavor.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Seasoning, Seasoning rub
Cuisine Fusion, Mexican
Servings 1 cup
Calories 401 kcal


  • 1/4 cup spanish smoked sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons dried chipotle powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary or 1 tablespoon thyme
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  • Combine ingredients.
  • To use: rub steaks with a liberal amount of spice rub and wrap in plastic wrap for up to 12 hours (refrigerated).
  • Allow steaks to come to room temperature before cooking.
  • Makes enough rub for 2 large steaks (t-bone or porterhouse).



Serving: 77gCalories: 401kcalCarbohydrates: 79.2gProtein: 18.4gFat: 13.7gSaturated Fat: 2.6gSodium: 7312.5mgFiber: 38.6gSugar: 16.2g
Keyword < 15 Mins, High Fiber, High In…, Low Cholesterol, Southwestern, Spicy
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Shara @The Bird BBQ

Shara loves to experiment with different flavors and techniques when it comes to BBQ. She has been perfecting her craft for years and loves hosting backyard BBQs with friends & family. She often comes up with creative recipes that her guests rave about.