Lemon Pepper Steak Rub

Lemon Pepper Steak Rub

I was speaking to a friend, who follows the blog, last night and she commented on these rub recipes. She mentioned that she typically has all the ingredients in her spice cupboard, so it is easy to make a spice blend like these at home. It is so true. Mixing spices at home is simple and far cheaper than the prepackaged ones at the store. Some of the specialty spice blends are quite expensive. There is no need to spend a lot of money. Make any of these rub recipes and people will be raving about your mastery of the grill!

So far we have had two rub recipes.

Day 1 was the Island Spice Rub

Day 2 was the Sweet and Smokey Chipotle Rub

Today we are going to grill steak. HUZZAH!! This lemon pepper rub has the perfect balance of lemon zest, salt and black pepper. There is a little bit of garlic powder and onion powder to round out the flavours.

Instead of buying premade lemon pepper seasoning, I make my own. Zest 4 lemons and spread the zest on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Set the oven to its lowest heat setting (the lowest setting of my oven is 100F). Place the zest in the oven and cook until dry and crumbly. For me it takes around 2 hours.

The zest can be stored in a mason jar for weeks. It can also be ground in a mortar and pestle if needed, but since it will be ground with the other spices, that is not necessary for this recipe.

Mix all the ingredients together and place grind in coffee/nut grinder. I needed to do this in two batches.Pulse the grinder for 15-20 seconds. This allows the peppercorns and coarse salt to grind a bit but still be somewhat coarse.

Rub on steak and grill to desired doneness.


Lemon Pepper Steak Rub
 
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Ingredients
  • 4 lemons
  • ⅓ cup black peppercorns
  • ⅓ cup coarse salt
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp onion powder
Instructions
  1. Zest 4 lemons and spread the zest on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Set the oven to its lowest heat setting (the lowest setting of my oven is 100F). Place the zest in the oven and cook until dry and crumbly. For me it takes around 2 hours.
  2. Mix all the ingredients together and place grind in coffee/nut grinder. I needed to do this in two batches.Pulse the grinder for 15-20 seconds. This allows the peppercorns and coarse salt to grind a bit but still be somewhat coarse.
  3. Store in an airtight container like a mason jar.
  4. Use on beef or other meats.
 

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8 comments

  1. Ha- I think this is the first time I have seen you use a spice that fits your blog name Steve!
    Great to have a recipe for lemon pepper rub, my husband loves the stuff! However, we have not ever used this type of rub on beef-so I need to catch up with your trend here. Great series!

  2. Mm..mm…good. I bet this tastes out of this world. I love rubs on steak. So delicious. Great recipe, I am totally taking this one for a spin.

  3. This is already making me pucker… Love lemon and pepper!! I could not live without my spice cabinet. :)

  4. Boy, that steak looks good! Great to have a recipe for lemon-pepper…one of my favorite spices for everyday cooking!

  5. I had no idea that you could dry out lemon zest in the oven! This looks so amazing, I really love this idea.

  6. I tend to make more marinades than rubs, but I’m going to print off some of your great ideas, Steve. This one, especially, would be a hit at our house :)

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