Dearies, you know I love backyard BBQs. It’s basically all I ever talk about in the summer! I’m constantly thinking of tea-infused recipes for Kat to use, and today I’m happy to share my steak-rub recipe! This recipe is simple to make, and grills up a savory, smoky, tea-flavored steak. Is your stomach grumbling yet?
My favorite tea for a steak rub is lapsang souchong. The hit of smoke works well with the charred meat. You can use another black tea of your choice if you prefer. For an extra hint of smoke, I like to include chipotle chili powder.
I like to serve sautéed mushrooms alongside the steak, or even piled on top. The smokey, savory flavors are enhance with the mushrooms.
This recipe is perfect for steak but you can also use it for grilled tofu ‘steak’ or grilled seitan as well.
The tea leaves can be whole, or small pieces from a tea bag. Either will work, but the larger leaves will give you a crunchier texture.
Tippy’s BBQ Tea Rub
- 1 tsp Kosher salt
- ½ cup black tea leaves (we like to use Lapsang Souchong)
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp chipotle chili flakes or powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 lb steak of choice
Combine all rub ingredients in a medium sized bowl. Pat it liberally all over your steak and let it sit for about an hour so the flavors will come together. Grill the way you like it, and enjoy!
This is an easy recipe to play around with- you can swap out the type of tea and play around with the spices. You can also serve it with a BBQ sauce if you’d like to add even more flavor. I hope you enjoy, Dearies!