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Rob and I love spicy foods and since I started this food blog, I’ve been trying to be a little more creative in some of the basic things I prepare.  Rob loves a nice grilled steak and I usually use McCormick’s Mesquite marinade.  Last night I decided to spice things up and try something a little different.  I’ve never really made homemade rubs before, and was excited to give it a try.

So, I decided to do a spicy rub and see what happened!  It turned out delicious – just a little bit of heat and a lot of great flavor!!  This recipe is definitely a keeper!!  I used a flank steak as it was what I happened to have, but you could use this with London Broil, New York Strip steaks, Rib-Eyes – just about anything!!

A couple of important tips when grilling steak (or cooking any meat, for that matter) is to consider carry-over cooking.  When meat is removed from its heat source (grill, oven, stove, etc.), it will continue to cook another few minutes potentially raising the internal temperature another few degrees.  You don’t want to overcook your meat!  Another important tip is to always let your meat rest.  Once you have removed the meat from its heat source, allow it to just sit, undisturbed for about 10-15 minutes.  This allows all of the juices to evenly redistribute throughout the meat and provides for a much moister piece of meat.  If you cut your meat as soon as you remove it from the heat, you will release all of the juices and dry it out.

If you like a little heat and some great Southwestern flavor – you will definitely enjoy this recipe!!

Garlic-Chipotle Rubbed Steak

1 steak (I used flank steak for this)
4 chipotles in adobo
1 Tbsp. garlic (about 2 cloves)
1/4 small onion
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Chipotle Chili Powder, to season

1)  In a food processor, combine the chipotles, garlic, onion, and olive oil and mix until it forms a paste.
2)  Season both sides of the steak with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and chipotle chili powder.  (Use as much or as little Chipotle Chili Powder as you want – the more you use, the spicier your steak will be).
3)  Rub both sides of the steak with the wet paste.
4)  Cook the steak on a hot grill to desired doneness.
5)  Remove from the grill and allow the steak to rest about 10-15 minutes.
6)  Slice and enjoy!