Much as I love the holidays, once they're over I'm ready for a change of pace. Some spices and distinctive flavors to add some zing to a meal are what I crave. An easy way to do that is to use a flavorful dry rub on meat.
Here is a recipe for a versatile dry rub that is delicious on chicken, pork or beef. It's the main seasoning in my Slow Cooker Pulled Pork. I also use it on ribs--either in the oven or on the grill.
I also use this 14-spice mix to season my homemade barbecue sauce. Learn how in my post 3 Barbecue Spice Recipes--Sweet & Tangy, Spicy, and Smoky.
This dry rub mix makes a big enough batch that you can keep it on hand for jazzing up your meat at the last minute. It is super easy--just mix a bunch of spices together, and you're done. This recipe combines spices with dark brown sugar. It's sweet, savory, and spicy all in one blend.
Here are the 14 spices and seasonings used in this recipe:
If you don't have all 14 of these spices, don't stress about it. An 11- or 12-spice blend will be good, too. Use the quantities of each ingredient as a guide to their importance in the mix. The seasoned salt and paprika are the largest quantities of any of the ingredients, so I don't recommending eliminating those. But the small amount of cloves and mace could be eliminated without significantly effecting the taste of the blend.
What is MACE? This is not the same mace that is in an aerosol can and used to defend yourself against muggers. That kind of mace definitely has no place in a dry rub recipe! The spice form of mace is made from the dried fleshy covering of the nutmeg seed. It is a sweet spice that is compatible with spices like cinnamon, ginger, cloves, allspice, and nutmeg. You'll also find mace in my pumpkin pie spice mix recipe.
It's easy to customize this mix to please your palate.
Here are step-by-step photos for making 14-Spice Dry Rub Mix:
Step 1. Assemble the ingredients: See the spices listed above. Plus you need dark brown sugar. You can use light brown sugar, but the dark version has a richer flavor.
Step 2. Spread out the brown sugar on a baking sheet and let it dry for 1-2 hours. This will prevent the mix from clumping.
Step 3. Combine all ingredients in a food processor for a quick and thorough way to make this mix. (Or, you can sift everything into a bowl and whisk until well combined.)
Step 4. Pulse until well mixed.
Step 5. Store in an airtight jar or container.
To use this dry rub mix, sprinkle it on all sides of the meat (chicken, beef, or pork). If you have time, wrap or cover the meat and refrigerate it for 1 hour (or as long as 12 hours) before cooking. The fridge time will enhance the flavor, but it's also good if you cook the meat right away. Cook the meat on the grill, in the oven or slow cooker, or fried in a pan, according to your preference.
For a saucier coating on your meat, brush it with barbecue sauce during the last 5-10 minutes of cooking time.
This mix makes a great gift!
Download printable gift tags
Print a sheet of these tags for adding the finishing touch to gift jars. It includes easy instructions for using this mix.
To use the tags:
If you don't have a printer or specialty papers, you can have a store with printing services download and print them for you.
To download and print a full sheet of tags,
simply click on the image below.
You can read my tips for making a big batch of this mix for giving multiple gifts in my post: No-Cook Dry Mixes Make Easy Gifts From Your Kitchen
Make it a yummy day!
The14-spice dry rub mix is used in these 2 recipes: