I was recently sent a variety of Oakridge BBQ rubs to try out by Owner/CEO, Mike Trump. Oakridge products are VERY popular on the competition circuit (check out all the teams they sponsor here) and so I was really excited when I got home from work and had a care package from Mike sitting on my front porch 🙂 Over the coming months I’ll be reviewing several of their rubs, but the first one I started off with is the Oakridge BBQ “Santa Maria Steak Seasoning” rub.
Before we get to the pictures and my captions below, let me say that having tasted this rub on a good steak now, this rub is now going to considered by me as one of the freshest beef rubs on the market, alongside some of the Dizzy Pig, Simply Marvelous and Mad Hunky beef rubs.
OK, first things first, I love the packaging. It’s a heavy duty plastic bag that’s resealable, which is nice and convenient IMO…
You can see here on the back of the packaging that this rub is “100% All Natural with NO MSG, no fillers, artificial colors, flavors or additives” (meaning this rub is going to taste and smell super fresh). I was also thoroughly impressed when I noticed the statement that they “Donate 10% of all profit to help support homeless and orphans world-wide” (great business model to have IMO…). And of course, their rubs are made right here in the good ol’ USA!
You can see here that this rub has a nice blend of spices (orange/yellow color) mixed with herbs (all of the green specks you see). The description above states that the rub has a perfect mix of salty, spicy and savory, and after having opened the bag and smelling the aroma, I would have to agree with that. The freshness of this rub just begs to be sprinkled over a nice cut of beef.
Here’s the Santa Maria sprinkled on some New York strips that I decided to test the rub out on. Great color.
Cooked the strips to medium-rare then pulled them from the kettle to let rest for a few minutes. The color this rub left on the meat after being cooked was gorgeous If you look closely you can actually see some of the green herb specks infused in the meat. Yum!
This rub was fantastic on these steaks! The aroma of the herbs and spices coming off of the steak was mouth-watering alone, so imaging how good it tasted! Truth be told, strips aren’t my go-to steaks, but I caught a really good sale on them. Now that I’ve tasted this rub though I’m definitely looking forward to trying this out on either a tri-tip or a ribeye!