Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Works-For-Me Wednesday: Try A Rub Instead Of Marinade

I like using marinades for meat, but I often forget to prepare them in time so the meat can marinate for hours. A few years ago, I discovered rubs for meat. You only need about a half hour for the meat to soak in all the flavor. Plus, the seasonings stay put while you're cooking the meat.

Here are 3 different dry rubs that I found in a magazine a few years ago:

Sweet-as-a-Yellow-Rose Rub
Yield: 2 cups
1 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup salt
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
1 tablespoon celery seed
1 tablespoon dried thyme leaves

Rio Grande Tejano Rub
Yield: 1 1/2 cups
1/4 cup ground cumin
1/4 cup salt
6 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons lemon pepper
2 tablespoons onion powder

Hotter-than-Houston Pepper Rub
Yield: 1 1/4 cups
1/2 cup paprika
1/4 cup chili powder
1/4 cup salt
1/4 cup minced garlic
1 1/2 tablespoons cayenne pepper

These rubs can be made ahead and stored to use anytime on grilled meats.

And I have another rub from a magazine that I use on pork loin roast:

Pork Loin Rub
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

That makes enough to cover a 2 1/2 lb. pork loin roast that can then be roasted on a baking sheet at 350 degrees for an hour.

Have you ever tried any dry rubs to grill or cook your meat with? These work for me!

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  1. I love me a good rub! LOL

    Big spa type scrubs made just for meat size hugs to you.

  2. Mmmmm...sounds yummy!

    Is it dinner time yet?

    Hope you're having a great week my friend!

  3. Ahh.. I love a good rub!!
    On my meat that is.. LOL..

    oh and on me too. LOL

  4. Those sound like great recipes...I've never tried a rub before!

  5. I love using rubs, I have a southwestern run for pork tenderloin that is fabulous!


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