As our kids were growing up, we (of course) had regular meals that were family favorites.  I started mixing my own rubs and seasonings to cook with frequently because I realized it’s not only cheaper and faster to have rubs prepared – but I can also avoid hidden chemicals and sugars that way.

Messes in the kitchen means there’s good meals on the way!

Our last baby (Merritt) is in college (the other three have graduated), and he recently returned to his university after Christmas break.  While he was settling into his apartment, he realized he’d forgotten to pack seasonings, and was bummed, since that’s a quick way to season something to cook in his crock pot, rub into chicken, pork, beef or fish, stir into pasta sauce or top roasted vegetables.  I told him not to worry – I’d send him a package!

When I got home, I mixed up five of our frequently-used rubs to send to him, and he was thrilled.  What a cutie!

My baby Merritt in his kitchen at college.

These are the ones I sent:

Brisket Rub:  Great on steaks, ribs, beef roasts, roasted potatoes, and OF COURSE – slow cooked beef brisket (he doesn’t do that at school – but maybe he’ll have an opportunity sometime!)

Fish Taco Rub:  The absolute best fish tacos in the world are made with THIS rub on any firm white fish. (Click here for that recipe.)

Italian Rub:  I love this on beef steaks, whole (or bone-in pieces) roasted chicken or turkey, or throw it into a few cans of tomato sauce with sauteed onions and Italian sausage for an impressive and fast pasta sauce.  It’s also great on any roasted vegetable (Merritt likes it on asparagus and brussels sprouts.)

Wing Rub:  My hands-down favorite way to eat chicken wings is to rub them with this, then roast on a rack over a baking sheet in the oven.  The rack keeps them from getting “squishy” on the bottom, and I like dry rub on chicken wings waaaaay better than sauce!

Sweet Pork Rub:  For the best pork roast, pork chops and baby back pork ribs ever.

I mix these recipes up and keep them in jars in my pantry.  When I mailed them to my baby though – I used sandwich bags because that’s so much easier.

Top left to right:  Wing Rub and Brisket Rub.  Bottom left to right:  Fish Taco Rub, Sweet Pork Rub and Italian Rub.

Here are the recipes: (Of COURSE you can increase or decrease any ingredient to your taste)

T=Tablespoon, t=teaspoon

Brisket Rub

Brisket Rub

  • 1/4 C paprika
  • 3 packages stevia
  • 2 T salt
  • 2 T powdered garlic
  • 1 T pepper
  • 1 T cumin
  • 1 t cayenne

Fish Taco Rub

Fish Taco Rub

  • 1/4 C salt
  • 2 t pepper
  • 1/2 t cayenne
  • 1 T paprika
  • 1 1/2 T oregano
  • 1 1/2 T garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 T cumin

  Italian Rub

Italian Rub

  • 1/4 C fennel seeds
  • 1/4 C sage
  • 1/4 C dried parsley
  • 1/4 C basil
  • 4 t garlic
  • 4 t pepper
  • 4 t thyme
  • 2 T salt

Wing Rub

Wing Rub

  • 1/4 C onion powder
  • 1/4 C garlic powder
  • 1/4 C salt
  • 1 1/2 T pepper
  • 3 packages stevia
  • 2 T parsley

Sweet Pork Rub

Sweet Pork Rub

  • 1/2 C black pepper
  • 1/2 C paprika
  • 3 packages stevia
  • 1/4 C sea salt
  • 4 t dry mustard
  • 1 t cayenne

Rub some love into your meals!

 

Roslyn

Messy kitchens make happy homes and good meals.