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Basic Barbecue Rub

BBQ rub
A basic rub is easy to prepare and adds a great deal of flavor  

Here's the granddaddy of all barbecue rubs, but don't let its simplicity fool you. There's a heap of flavor in this simple rub -- the sweetness of the brown sugar, the heat of the black pepper, the mellow earthiness of the paprika, and the slow burn of the cayenne. Use this basic formula as a springboard for your own creativity. To make a New England rub, for example, substitute maple sugar for the brown sugar. For a Santa Fe-style rub, add chili powder (I'd use chipotle chili powder) and cumin. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup coarse salt (kosher or sea)
  • 1/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 3 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds

To prepare Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and stir or whisk to mix. Transfer to a jar, cover, and store away from heat and light. The rub will keep for several months.

Makes 1 cup.

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