Dry rubs: Not just for meat anymore! Although – this Sweet & Smoky BBQ Dry Rub Mix can totally be used for meat. This stuff can be used for everything. Except maybe bread. Or … ice cream. Okay, so maybe not everything. But it can be used for a whole lot.
- Sliced sweet potatoes
- Cauliflower steaks
- Sliced zucchini
- Shish kebabs
- Basically any roasted veggies – just toss and bake
- Chicken (my guy’s fave)
- And even tofu!
This versatile dry rub recipe starts with a good dose of brown sugar. Then it’s loaded up with smoky spices like smoked paprika, chili powder mix, and dried chipotle chile. Then we throw a few more herbs and spice in there for mega flavor goodness. Mega Flavor Goodness – totally an awesome new blog name. But I digress.
Thyme and rosemary. Mustard powder. Even a smidge of ground allspice. Do it!
Just rub it on and grill away. Or sprinkle it over the top of something you’ve already grilled. Or make a marinade with it. This Sweet & Smoky BBQ Dry Rub Mix is your oyster! (Hmm. It would probably be good on oysters, too, if oysters are your thing.)
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Sweet & Smoky BBQ Dry Rub Mix
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons kosher salt (or other coarse salt or sea salt)
- 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 2 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary (or 1 teaspoon dried and crumbled with your hands)
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard powder
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle chili
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- Add all ingredients to a small bowl and stir until combined. Store in an airtight container until ready to use. Keeps well for at least a couple of months (I haven't tried any longer!)
- On veggies: Brush with a little oil first, and then sprinkle on the rub. Using your hands, rub into nooks and crannies. Proceed with grilling.
- On tofu: Press a block of firm tofu for about 1/2 hour to drain excess water. Slice and rub all sides with spice mix. Proceed with grilling or refrigerate for 1-2 hours to allow the flavors to deepen before grilling.
- On chicken, pork, or steak: Sprinkle both sides of prepared meat with 1-2 tablespoons of the mix - or more or less to taste - and use your hands to rub it into nooks, crannies, and sides of meat. (Wash your hands well afterwards!) Proceed with grilling.
- Or sprinkle it on already-grilled veggies, even potatoes or corn-on-the-cob!