For the last few years (ever since I was able to have a grill of my own) I have been messing with spices for meat. I love a good barbecue rub and while the grocery store has some already bottled for you, I prefer to make my own. It’s less expensive, has less salt and more flavor.
My family loves this rub especially my husband. However, when my father first tried it, I knew it was a winner. He was impressed when I told him I made it myself (he’s the critic I listen to most). When my father wants any recipe I make, that alone is an accomplishment for me. I hold him to the highest regard because I know he will tell me if I need to tweak it or if it’s fine the way it is. So if dad says it’s awesome then you NEED to try it.
To me, this has the perfect balance of sweet, smoky and savory. Remember, you can totally make this rub customizable for your family. I typically have these spices on hand but if you want to make it more spicy or omit a certain spice then go for it!
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of chili powder
- 1 tablespoon of smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon of ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon of ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon of thyme
- 1 teaspoon of onion powder
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of pepper
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl making sure everything is evenly distributed.
- Next, pour rub in a container that can be tightly sealed. It's good for about 6 months.
- You can also rub this spice on any meat and then freeze it for another time. As it defrosts, the meat only gets more flavorful.