Understanding Marinades and Rubs (Country Steak Rub Recipe and Sweet and Spicy Steak Rub Recipe)

| November 22, 2005 | 2 Comments

Marinades, glazes and rubs are a great way to flavor an otherwise simple meat or poultry dish. Just marinate your protein it in the refrigerator for a few hours, or a whole day. Forget it until it’s time to cook.

See also Marinated Flank Steak.

Rubs are even better if you are short on time. A rub is exactly as it sounds: something that you rub on the meat. Likewise, a glaze is brushed on just prior to cooking.

Now, depending on how you plan on cooking a piece of meat and how much flavor you are looking for, you might choose to use any of these. A marinade will pack a good amount of punch, since the flavor is soaked into the meat. A glaze can be even bolder since it tends to be thicker and stays with the meat. A rub can actually be the lightest, since a lot of the flavor will cook away leaving hints of taste.

In my house, we use a lot of rubs due to the ease of preparation and application. After a long day of being a full time writer and mommy, sometimes I just don’t have the patience to craft an elaborate meal. In those times, rubs like these are my savior:

Country Steak Rub
Serves 2

1 tsp salt
1 tsp Italian seasonings
1 tsp paprika
¼ tsp garlic powder

Combine ingredients in small bowl.

To use: Sprinkle generously on both sides of meat and massage in. Cook as normal.

Sweet and Spicy Steak Rub
Serves 2

1 tbsp course (sea) salt
½ tsp pepper
¼ tsp marjoram
¼ tsp savory
¼ tsp sugar
¼ tsp basil

Combine ingredients in small bowl.

To use: Sprinkle generously on both sides of meat and massage in. Cook as normal.


Category: marinades

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Sarah W. Caron is a freelance writer, editor and recipe developer. Her work has appeared in countless online and print publications including iVillage, BELLA NYC Magazine, Yum for Kids magazine and more. She lives in Connecticut with her two kids, two beagles and husband.

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  1. Amani says:

    I got your blog site on BabyFit. I like your writing style. I was wondering have you read Tender to The Bone by Ruth Reichl? Some of your posts remind me of her writing. I think it is a book you would really enjoy judging from your posts. Keep Blogging…

  2. Sarah says:

    Hey thanks for the compliment and the book suggestion…I haven’t read that, but I will have to check it out.


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