In search of style points and the ultimate steak rub.. I came up with the following recipe. Use it on steak or even chicken or pork chops. For you vegetarians out there it probably tastes good on Tofu too.
first step is to take your meat and rub it down with balsamic vinegar. Not enough to drip off, but enough to coat all sides of the cut with a thin layer. The acidity of the vinegar breaks down fibers of the meat a little bit and adds just a bit of a tang to the taste.
Now on to the rub:
Take dual parts clove, roasted paprika, and add to this mixture some chili powder, cumin, cardamom, a pinch of cayenne, and some freshly ground salt and pepper. Now take your meat with balsamic and lightly coat with the mixture of spices.
Cook to your liking and enjoy.