All posts tagged: rubs

Cajun Spice Rub

Cajun spice rub. A kick of seasoning from Louisiana, salt-free so you can add your own salt separately. Inspired by loyal reader Jason, who asked about spice rubs… I hate buying spice blends from the store.  Hate, hate, hate it.  It’s not that they aren’t good; some of them are great. It’s not that they don’t work. Spice blends are a quick way to add a punch of flavor. It’s that spice blends are all salt. Check the label – store bought spice blends always have salt as the first ingredient. That means salt is the most common ingredient in the jar. Salt, which sells for sixty-nine cents a pound (or three bucks a pound if you buy fancy Kosher salt like me.) Spice blends sell for three bucks an ounce, if not more. I can understand why the spice companies do it – people want the blends, and they can make a lot of money that way.*There are exceptions, of course: blends that don’t have any salt include chili powder, herbes de provence, curry …

Homemade Barbecue Rub

I use this homemade barbecue rub on anything I want to have a barbecue flavor. Sure, barbecue sauce is nice, but the rub is where the flavor is. Now, If I was a real barbecue pitmaster, I would have to guard this recipe with my life.* *You know – the old Keyser Soze routine: “If I told you, I’d have to kill you. And your family. And everone who’s ever met you. By the time I’m done, they’ll have to post signs off the coastline, warning people away from the continent you live on for the next thousand years.” But I’m not a real pitmaster. And, as you can probably tell, I can’t keep my mouth shut when it comes to food. I gave away containers of this rub as christmas presents to friends and family, so if they want to refill they’ll need the recipe. Recipe: Homemade Barbecue Rub     Notes This rub is best on chicken, pork or fish. I use about 1-2 tsp per pound, but I usually just sprinkle it …