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Dry rub

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This dry rub is a bit of a mix between the dry rub I put on my ribs and my blackened seasoning. It's absolutely delicious on pork! I'm convinced it's just the right balance of salty and sweet, too.
 
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

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  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
This is exactly what I put in mine. :D I made this up today as I needed to put a ton of run on some pork butt I bought that I'll be cooking tomorrow. 

I bet a bit of onion powder would be nice too, or more cayenne. But I like the balance so much I decided not to fiddle with it anymore.


Step 2: Mix and taste

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Mix everything together in a big bowl or jar. You'll need to use a spoon or fork to break up the brown sugar clumps - that'll take a minute or so. :D

Once it's all mixed, taste a little bit. At this point you can play with it and try to improve it to better suit your tastes. Add additional spices little by little, though - no more than 1/2 teaspoon at a time. This will keep you from overloading it with any particular flavor.

Step 3: Rubbing!

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This makes enough rub to cover a ton of meat! I used it on roughly 9-10 pounds of pork butt. I might even make extra and double layer it. :D

The rub works best if you'll able to let it sit on the meat for a few hours before cooking (I'm letting mine hang out overnight!), but it's great right away on steaks or chicken thighs. 
propbuilder9 months ago
dry rub
jspence0910 months ago
used it for burgers today and added a little ranch to the meat for a bbq. absolutely amazing
dtownmaker10 months ago
Good mix - always like to see cumin in BBQ rubs! What salt are you using? Kosher, pickling, table, etc.? Could make a big difference in the salt content!
jessyratfink (author)  dtownmaker10 months ago
I typically use table salt or fine sea salt. :) That's a good point, too!
periodthree10 months ago
Wow. The whole house smells of spices. Hope it tastes as good. :-)
Jaxoat10 months ago
A metal whisk would work real well in breaking up the clumps.

Will be trying out your rub on a pork shoulder tomorrow. It sounds delicious.
Barqz210 months ago
I use all of the same ingredients with a slight added flavor boost with...smoked cumin, smoked garlic and smoked paprika.....and it's dangerously addictive!! ........dry rub variation
SpringRobin10 months ago
I'll have to try your recipe. I find that perhaps 'less is more' might apply to rubs. Too much and it can overpower the taste of the meat. What do you think?
Depends on the cut. Pork shoulder (boston butt or the picnic shank) as well as brisket are large cuts and we usually cover them in at least 1/2 - 3/4 cup of our rub.

Ribs get a bit less due to their thinner cross-section, but also they have additional basting, etc. involved which add flavor above the standard rub in our technique.

Chicken we rub via a large shaker can - usually about 3 cups to a tray (case) of thighs/breasts.
jessyratfink (author)  SpringRobin10 months ago
I go the exact opposite way most of the time, ha! But I mostly use rubs on pretty large (4+ pound) pieces of meat. :D Smaller pieces, though, they can definitely get overwhelmed!

Since the middle bits of the meat will be so unseasoned, I really like getting a nice thick crust on there to build flavor.
solusetal10 months ago
Sounds yummy. I leave out the sugar but add some "sweet" seasonings such as tarragon, rosemary etc.
M.C. Langer10 months ago
Thanks to you, now I want some pork! :-)
jessyratfink (author)  M.C. Langer10 months ago
It will be in the office Friday! :D
I'm in heaven... :-)

Do you want to marry me? If not, do you (and your boyfriend) want to adopt me? I will be a good boy if I have your delicious recipes everytime!
jessyratfink (author)  M.C. Langer10 months ago
Haha, is it still adoption if you live somewhere else? My house is too small and too full of furry children already. ;)
It could work! just say Dad I'll be all nights for dinner! LOL! :-)
anatroccolo10 months ago
I'll make some of this rub for the next bbq, I'm sure I'll love it!
Thanks for sharing. :)
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