Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Barbecue Rubs and Seasonings

Happy July 4th USA !

Even though there are many problems with the food system in the USA, and many of us spend the other 364 days of the year talking about them, at the end of the day among the many freedoms of living in this country is the freedom to choose how and what you want to eat, and today is the perfect day to remember that.  So today I have chosen some typical American recipes to celebrate.

Since many will be enjoying this summer holiday weekend outdoors, I think a post on barbecuing will be very timely. Once it gets hot, cooking most meals on the barbecue makes a lot of sense.  It keeps both you and your kitchen from getting overheated.  And if you're going to barbecue, having a variety of seasonings available for your meat, fish and poultry will keep things from getting monotonous.

You could just buy seasoning mixes from your store, but they tend to be expensive and the ones you create yourself are always much more flavourful.  Here are a few that you can make up ahead to keep on hand.  Store in a covered container with your other spices.

A "rub" is really just another name for seasoning mix.  It can be used to marinate your meat before barbecuing and then you can finish with barbecue sauce, but all of these seasonings are just as tasty when used alone. To use, spread evenly on meat that has been patted dry and let sit until the rub appears moist.

Memphis Rub

This is especially good to use on ribs.

Ingredients :

-  1/4 cup paprika
-  2 tablespoons sea salt
-  2 tablespoons onion powder
-  2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
-  1 tablespoon cayenne

Carolina Rub

Ingredients :

-  2 tablespoons sea salt
-  1/4 cup coconut sugar (or other granular sweetener)
-  2 tablespoons ground cumin
-  2 tablespoons chili powder
-  2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
-  1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
-  1/4 cup paprika

New York Mustard Rub

Ingredients :

-  1/4 cup coconut sugar
-  1/4 cup paprika
-  3 tablespoons sea salt
-  2 tablespoons black pepper
-  1 tablespoon cayenne
-  2 teaspoons dry mustard

Texas seasoning mix

This is the mix often used in Texas to flavour steaks.

Ingredients :

-  2 tablespoons paprika
-  1/2 teaspoon curry powder
-  1 tablespoon chili powder
-  1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
-  1 teaspoon ground coriander
-  1/2 teaspoon black pepper
-  1 teaspoon coconut sugar (or other granular sweetener)
-  1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
-  1 teaspoon sea salt
-  1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
-  1 teaspoon ground cumin

Kansas City Seafood Seasoning

This is a great seasoning mix for any kind of seafood.  Rub it dry on fish fillets or mix with some fresh lemon juice before using.

Ingredients :

-  2 tablespoons ground coriander
-  2 tablespoons dried dill
-  1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
-  2 tablespoons dried minced garlic
-  1 teaspoon sea salt
-  1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
-  1/2 teaspoon paprika
-  1 teaspoon dried lemon zest

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