Spiced Meat Rub

When I posted this Spice Rubbed Chicken a couple months ago, I am not sure that I emphasized how much we love this chicken. And the rub. It’s a perfect combination of sweet and spice.

I mix up this rub in large quantities and keep it in my pantry. I might even give it as gifts this holiday season (shhh, it’s our little secret!) I have even expanded the proteins that I use this rub on. It goes amazingly well with pork and I’d like to try it on tofu as well.

I just wish we had a grill so I could taste the awesomeness of this rub and meat that’s been cooked on a grill…

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Spiced Meat Rub


1/4 cup kosher salt
6 Tbsp brown sugar
1/4 cup chili powder
1/4 cup smoked paprika
4 tsp ground black pepper
1/2-1 tsp cayenne pepper


To Make Spice Rub
Combine spices in a small jar. Screw on lid tightly. Shake until completely mixed.

Store in a cool dry cabinet.

To Use Spice Rub
Use 2 Tbsp of rub per pound of meat. Gently massage into meat and all to sit at least 2 hours, up to 3 days. Cook meat to your preference.

Recipe from Cooks Illustrated

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9 Responses to “Homemade Gingerbread Caramels”

  1. #
    Megan — December 22, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    How did the parchment lining work out? Did the caramel stick very much? I’m thinking of making another batch of caramels tonight.

  2. #
    blog is the new black — December 22, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    What a unique idea- love it!

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    Fun and Fearless in Beantown — December 22, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Between you and Megan, I’m craving caramels!

  4. #
    Victoria (The District Chocoholic) — December 22, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    Eek. I love gingerbread-flavored things, and love making caramel. This is genius.

  5. #
    Shannon — December 23, 2010 at 12:11 am

    aah, you’re doing everything that’s still on my list! marshmallows, caramels… i’ll get to it. someday! these sound amazing 🙂

  6. #
    Mira — December 23, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Yum! I wonder if I could use this recipe in my microwave caramel recipe?

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    kitchenmisfit — December 23, 2010 at 2:19 am

    One day I will have enough patience to try caramels. One day!

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    vanillasugar — December 28, 2010 at 2:32 am

    oh goodness girl i just made some molasses-peanut chews and they were fabulous.
    but now seeing gingerbread caramel? wow. love this. great idea!

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    Jen — January 2, 2011 at 11:09 pm

    Mira, I’ve never made microwave caramel, but I’m sure you could add the spices and some molasses to make your recipe taste like gingerbread.

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