Grilled Steak with Spicy Chipotle Chile Rub

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Appears in Cook's Illustrated May/June 2012

Done wrong, this dish resembles a dusty old boot. But apply some science with your rub and it’s a bold way to dress up a less expensive cut.

SERVES6 to 8

TIME1½ hours, plus 1 hour salting

Grilled Steak with Spicy Chipotle Chile Rub

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

In this recipe, we use a two-stage rub to make the most of a comparatively inexpensive steak, the shell sirloin. We started with a savory rub of salt, onion powder, garlic powder, fish sauce, and tomato paste. This umami-rich rub made the s...

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