BBQ Rib Rub

I’m going to tease you mercilessly here.

Forgive me.

I’m going to drag out the full recipe for this recipe over two different posts.

I’m sorry!

But this is a two-part process, and I felt like it would be too much for one post.

So you get the rib rub today.

And the rest of the rib deliciousness on Friday.  Still, plenty of time for you to make these ribs this weekend.  And you really should.

I know BBQ is a very particular thing – everyone has their way to do it.

And I’m not attesting that this is the “right” way.  I’m sure there are people who have a better way.

But this is the best way I know.

And judging by the empty bone yard of rib bones in front of Scott and I – we did something right.

Feel free to rub this amazing concoction on any kind of BBQ – would be amazing on a pork shoulder, now that I’m thinking about it…..

One year ago: Cherry Limeade Cupcakes
Two years ago: Crock Pot Beef Dip Sandwiches

BBQ Dry Rub
adapted from Food Network

1 tbsp cumin
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp granulated garlic
1 tbsp granulated onion
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp kosher salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp white pepper
1/2 tbsp hickory salt (optional*)

Combine ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.  Store in airtight container.

* you can find hickory salt at many specialty spice shops.  I got mine from here.  It’s an awesome addition to any BBQ rub – makes it tastes smoky and delicious!


Homemade Taco Seasoning


I know we all love a little convenience where we can get it, but those little packets of taco seasonings are not the place to get your convenience.  They are so full of sodium and preservatives and all kinds of other icky stuff.  Making your own taco seasoning is super easy and all of the ingredients you probably already have in your spice cabinet!  I store mine in an airtight little tupperware and keep it in the pantry until I need it!

Homemade Taco Seasoning
as seen on Annie’s Eats

4 tbsp chili powder
3 tbsp plus 1 tsp paprika
3 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp plus 1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well to blend.  Store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Use in place of any recipe that includes a taco seasoning packet!  Instead, use 2 tbsp of your homemade blend!

To make the classic taco meat, use 1 lb ground beef, turkey, or chicken (or 1 lb diced chicken).  Brown meat in a large skillet, add the 2 tbsp of seasoning with 1 cup of water.  Simmer until nearly all of the liquid as cooked down.  Serve with your favorite taco fixins!