Cowboy Butter Steak Recipe (Delicious Cheap Steak!)

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Siced grilled steak with cheap london broil cut

Easy, delicious grilled steak – on the cheap too!

Grilled steak can be so delicious when you get a good cut and grill it right! Yum. This particular grilled cowboy butter steak recipe rocks my world because it is easy to make and yields fantastic results with cheaper cuts of beef!

Restaurant quality, delicious steak straight from your home grill – and for a fraction of the cost. The secret is in the spice rub (and the delicious cowboy butter recipe helps too).

Well, ok, there are a few other “secrets” to creating this amazing grilled steak, like letting the meat rest before slicing, then slicing against the grain. But the spice rub is definitely part of it!

Spice Rub Tips

Before applying the spice rub, be sure to lightly pat your steaks dry with a paper towel. This will make it easier for the flavor to really sink into the meat!

The chipotle powder, cocoa powder, and brown sugar provide deep flavor. If you like a little more heat, increase the chipotle chile powder up to 1 tablespoon.

steak spice rub recipe ingredients

If you want to avoid adding sugar, for whatever reason, feel free to omit the brown sugar from the spice rub. 

After applying the rub, it’s best to transfer the steaks to a resealable bag and refrigerate them for 6-24 hrs. This is optional but will make the steaks much more tender!

london broil cut Cheap steak with homemade spice rub

Cheap Steak Works Great Here.

You don’t have to be too picky when picking a steak cut for this recipe. Choose whichever one is the lowest price and looks like a cut you will enjoy. You’ll save money, and your cowboy butter steak will still be extremely delicious!

For this post, there is about 2 1/2 pounds of London broil in the photos. Other options you could try are flank steak, top round steak, or even chuck steaks for this recipe though. This London broil cut tasted awesome and didn’t break the bank either!

grilling london broil steak cut

You’ll Love the Cowboy Butter Sauce

This grilled steak is really tasty without the cowboy butter sauce (or any sauce for that matter), but the flavorful, buttery sauce is an easy way to take it up a notch. I like to take a few bites without, then dip a few bites in the butter sauce, and go back and forth. So tasty!

Cowboy butter is also delicious with grilled chicken and fish! You could also try it on potatoes or even dip your cornbread in it!

easy cowboy butter recipe with grilled steak

Final Thoughts

One of my favorite things about this cowboy butter steak recipe is that you can enjoy amazing grilled steak without spending a lot of money. It doesn’t hurt that it is easy to make too! Hope you give this recipe a try and love it as much as I do!

If you’re looking for side dish ideas, try these air fryer french fries, easy grilled asparagus, grilled corn on the cob, grilled carrots, grilled rosemary garlic potatoes, or these air fryer baked potatoes!

This recipe was adapted from the Easy Keto Dinners Cookbook.

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Siced grilled steak with cheap london broil cut

Cowboy Butter Steak Recipe (Delicious Cheap Steak!)

Restaurant quality, delicious steak straight from your home grill - and for a fraction of the cost!
5 / 5 ( 2 Reviews )
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 5
Adjust Servings: 5


  • Grill
  • Small bowl


  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar optional
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 ½ pounds flank steak London broil, or top round steak
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Cowboy Butter

  • 6 tablespoons salted butter melted
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • teaspoon red pepper flakes or pinch of cayenne optional


  • In a small bowl, combine the salt, chile powder, cocoa, brown sugar, coriander, and garlic. Pat steaks dry with a paper towel, then rub with spice mixture. Transfer steaks to a large resealable bag and refrigerate for 6 hours, or up to 24 hours. (You can skip the refrigeration time, if you need to, but the steaks may not be as tender.)
  • For a gas grill, preheat on high for about 15 minutes. Clean and oil cooking grates, then turn burners to medium-high.
  • Brush the steaks with oil. Place them on the hot grill and cook until charred on both sides, about 3-5 minutes per side, or until internal temperature reaches 135 degrees F (for medium-rare). Transfer steak to a carving board, tent loosely with foil, and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the cowboy butter by whisking together the ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Slice the steak thinly going against the grain. Serve with cowboy butter, if desired.

Recipe Notes

If you like a little more heat, increase the chipotle chile powder up to 1 tablespoon.


Calories: 489kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 31g | Sodium: 1899mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

Ingredients: Beef, Brown Sugar, Butter, Chipotle Chile Powder, Cilantro, Cocoa Powder, Coriander, Dijon Mustard, Garlic, Kosher Salt, Lemon Juice, Paprika, Parsley, Vegetable Oil
Meal Type: 30-Minute Meals, Main Dish, 4th of July, Father's Day, Mother's Day, Spring, Summer, Clean Eating, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Low Carb and Keto
Categories: BBQ, Healthy, Meat and Poultry, Grill

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