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Father’s Day is just around the corner and what better excuse for the kids to get crafty in the kitchen and create something handmade for their special someone for Father’s Day.  


If you’re a little stuck for inspiration this year, consider giving the gift of flavour by creating a delicious steak/roast rub that will elevate his BBQ game to a whole new level. Not only will this gift be a delicious addition to the kitchen, but it will also carry the warmth of  love and effort.


Before we dive into the step-by-step guide, let's gather the essential ingredients that will form the foundation of the steak/roast rub. Feel free to customise the blend based on taste preferences and creative instincts.




  - 1/4 cup coarse sea salt

  - 1/4 cup freshly ground black pepper

  - 1/4 cup brown sugar (light or dark, depending on preference)

  - 2 tablespoons paprika (smoked or sweet)

  - 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  - 1 tablespoon onion powder

  - 1 tablespoon dried thyme

  - 1 tablespoon dried rosemary

  - 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust for spiciness)


Optional Ingredients (for personalisation)

  - 1 teaspoon ground coffee (for a unique twist)

  - 1 teaspoon cocoa powder (for a hint of richness)

  - Zest of one lemon or orange (for a citrusy kick)




Gather Your Ingredients


Before you start blending your rub, make sure you have all your chosen ingredients assembled and ready to go. This will make the process smoother and more enjoyable.


Mix the Base Ingredients


In a bowl, combine the coarse sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, brown sugar, and paprika. Mix them well to ensure even distribution of flavours.


Gradually incorporate the garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, dried rosemary, and cayenne pepper into the base mixture. These aromatic ingredients will contribute depth and complexity to the rub.


Customise and Experiment (Optional)


If you're feeling adventurous, add a teaspoon of ground coffee for a delightful smokiness or a teaspoon of cocoa powder for a touch of richness. The zest of a lemon or orange can also introduce a burst of citrusy tang.


Store Your Steak/Roast Rub


Transfer the finished rub into an airtight jar or upcycle an old herb jar.


Create a Personalised Label


To add a heartfelt touch, design a label for the container. Include a thoughtful message and the rub's name, such as "Dad's Signature Steak Rub" or "Grill Master's Secret Blend."


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Acknowledgment of Country
Duncan Hill Property acknowledges the Gundungurra people and the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, and to Elders past and present.
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