Southwest Rub for steak, chicken, fish or pork

Freezer Friendly Rub


They don’t call it a southwest rub for nothing. You actually rub your raw meat with this savory blend of spices that make your mouth water as you do it. The cumin, chili powder, garlic and cocoa make a powerful punch and quite a grilling statement. Just check it out below.


I grilled a 1.27 # top sirloin steak with peppers and onions and made southwest cheesesteak sandwiches. Be sure to check out the tutorial tomorrow.

I adapted this recipe from Southern Living to make it lower in sodium.

Southwest Rub for steak, chicken, fish or pork


  • 2 Tablespoons kosher salt
  • 8 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 8 teaspoons chili powder
  • 8 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 8 teaspoons pepper
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa


  1. Combine all ingredients in a labeled freezer bag. Shake and squeeze air out to seal.
  2. Store on freezer side door or in pantry.
  3. Use it as a rub for meat, fish, pork or poultry.
  4. Rub on fresh meat BEFORE freezing or rub on thawed meat.
  5. Cook meat as desired.
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You could go out and buy this packet with more additives and preservatives and pay up to a 1.50 or make your own with a few pantry staples and have it on hand all the time. It’s just more “cha-ching” in your pocket book, that’s all.


I created a double batch recipe above. It makes about a half a cup, which is plenty for three or more large pieces of meat, fish or poultry, depending on how heavy you like the flavor.

I like to measure straight into a labeled freezer bag supported by a glass measuring cup. Then I seal and gentlyshake to distribute-it’s so much easier than trying to do it with a spoon. Throw this spice mix in the side door of your freezer when you’re not using it. It will keep it fresher longer. No need to thaw-just use it.


Now take your fragrant spice rub and look for a thawed piece of meat, poultry, . Check out the cold water method of thawing meats here if you have something in the freezer.

Alternately, I love to rub the fresh meat BEFORE I freeze, then thaw it with the spices ready to grill. This is perfect for summer grilling, you may become the hostess with the mostess if you invite your neighbors over when they get a whiff of this.

I’m going to make a taco burger with this rub next week. Look for it in a future post. Other tasty  ideas at Tasty Tuesday

What will you use this southwest rub for?

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