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Spice Rubs for Dad’s Day

Posted on June 1, 2012

Spice Rubs for Dads Day

You got the stainless steel grill two years ago and the monogrammed utensil set last year.  What’s left to give dad so he can show off his culinary skills in his favorite outdoor domain? Spice rubs! That’s right. Spice rubs or mixes can be sprinkled on as seasoning just before your chicken hits the grill or they can be used more liberally in place of a marinade. The great news is that they’re super easy to make. In fact, they’re even a terrific cooking project for kids!

The best way to start is to buy spices in bulk. Combine each combination on a sheet of parchment and funnel them directly into empty spice jars. For an extra touch, create a card for each with suggested usages (and a unique name tag). Create a few different dry seasoning combos that dad can use on his favorite FreeBird legs, wings or breasts and he’ll enjoy praise for his perfect grilling prowess all Summer long. Here are some of our favorites to get you started:

Smokey Southwestern: Combine 2 tablespoons chipotle chili powder with 1 tablespoon each of ground oregano, sage and cumin. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons of coriander, salt and black pepper.

Peppery Cajun: Combine 2 tablespoons paprika with 1tablespoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon onion powder and 1 tablespoon black pepper. Stir in a teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of dried oregano and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper.

South of the Border: Combine 2 tablespoons achiote powder with 1 tablespoon chili powder, 1 tablespoon ground cumin, 2 teaspoons garlic powder and a teaspoon of salt. Stir in dried cilantro and mint.

Mellow Mediterranean: Combine 2 tablespoons of dried thyme with 1 tablespoon each of dried oregano, dried tarragon and dried rosemary. Stir in 1 teaspoon garlic powder, black pepper and salt.

Exotic Indian: Combine 2 tablespoons each of curry powder and garam masala with 1 tablespoon ground cumin, 2 teaspoons ground coriander and 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger. Stir in teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.