quick and delicious dry rubs

A few years ago my husband had the chance to have a two-minute conversation with Mario Batali. Of course the first thing he told him was what big fans we are of him and of Babbo (our favorite restaurant and where we were engaged) and how he always orders the pork chops. Mario told him that the key to the chops is the brine. Since that fateful conversation, I’ve become addicted to soaking chops in brine and it’s now the only way I’ll eat them. Because of this addiction, I also discovered the beauty of dry rubs. From pork and lamb chops to steak (though I still don’t care for steak), dry rubs are such an easy way to add a lot of flavor. Here are two we make on a regular basis and can be stored all summer long.

spicy/sweet rub (fantastic on lamb chops. try brushing the chops with peach or apricot jam when almost done)
.5 T brown sugar splenda
1 tsp kosher or sea salt (I always make sure to have a bulk sea salt shaker at home )
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp chili powder (try the one at heather’s)
1 tsp sweet spanish paprika (smoked is good, too)
.5 tsp oregano
.5 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp or less ginger
1/4 tsp ground pepper

barbecue rub (great on pork chops)
.5 T brown sugar splenda
1 tsp kosher or sea salt
1 tsp sweet paprika (or smoked)
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin (my favorite spice)
3/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1/8 tsp allspice

5 Comments

  1. Posted May 13, 2013 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    This really is this type of great resource that you’re supplying and also you provide away free of charge. I really like seeing websites that understand the need for supplying an excellent resource free of charge. Thank you for this excellent resource

  2. Posted July 2, 2013 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Very nice and impressive article you have posted. Its very helpful, i have read and bookmark this site and will recommend it to more other peoples.

  3. Posted September 8, 2013 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    I was studying some of your content on this site and I believe this web site is very informative ! Continue putting up.

  4. Posted September 19, 2013 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this post. I am hoping the same best work from you in the future as well

  5. Posted September 30, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    actually informative post.Thanks afresh. large.