Dry Rubs © ejmorris 2000,2001,2002,2003,2014

Spice Rub #1
4 tsp garlic granules
4 tsp crushed fennel seeds
4 tsp dried thyme
2 Tbsp pepper
1 dry chili, ground
2 Tbsp paprika (get the good Hungarian kind)
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar

Spice Rub #2
3 Tbsp demerara sugar
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp freshly ground pepper
1 Tbsp garlic granules
1 Tbsp dry chili flakes
1 Tbsp dried thyme
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried oregano (optional)
1 tsp crushed fennel seeds (optional)
1 tsp other dried herb you like (optional)
1 tsp other dried herb you like (optional)

Spice Rub #3 - "OldBay Seasoning"
½ tsp celery seed
1 Tbsp black peppercorns
4 dried bay leaves
1 tsp cardamom seed
1 tsp mustard seed (optional)
½ tsp whole cloves
1 tsp Hungarian paprika
¼ tsp mace (or nutmeg)
1 tsp salt

Dry Rub #4 - Flour and Herb Rub (Ideal for Chicken Wings)
4 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp Tomato Basil flavoured dry soup mix
1 Tbsp Chicken flavoured dry soup mix
½ tsp dried savory
½ tsp dried thyme
½ tsp each any other dried herb you like
½ tsp chili flakes
1 tsp pepper

Preparation

Put the spices onto a tray and dry toast them for a few minutes in the toaster. (Be careful not to burn them!) When you begin to smell the spices, they are done. Allow to cool.

Mix herbs and spices well (use a pestle and mortar or your coffee dried herb & spice grinder). Of course, as always, the measurements are not written in stone; you will probably want to change the amounts of each ingredient to suit your tastes. Each mixture can be kept in a jar on the shelf. These are dry marinades. Rub generously on chicken or pork about an hour (or more) before grilling. (Refrigerate the meat as it is sitting in the spice rub.)

Grilled chicken is wonderful on spaghettini with mint pesto and sugar snap peas.

To use #4, pour some of the flour mixture into a plastic bag. Toss wings to cover entirely. Push each wing around in the bottom of the bag to ensure that each one has herbs as well as flour on it. Bake at 350F til golden brown and crispy. Wings made this way are delicious cold or hot.


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