Easy, cheap, and you probably have all the ingredients in your kitchen cabinet already. I far prefer dry rubs to marinades for wild game, and while I do love several commercially available rubs, it’s hard to beat this simple 6-spice rub that we’ve tinkered with over the years to get just right.

Equal parts ground thyme, kosher salt, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, with a dash of black pepper. It’s mild enough that you can really cake it on to a steak and then sear that 1/8″ layer of crust to a deep golden brown. Enjoy.