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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