I don’t know about you, but I am still feeling a little guilty about that extra 5 pounds I gained over Christmas!
Oh, who am I kidding, it was more like 10 pounds…
While I’ve already admitted I don’t make resolutions because I can’t take the pressure that comes with them, I do get sucked into all the health conscious, get more exercise marketing that barrages us every January. Speaking of guilt, eh?
So at least for January I try to avoid foods smothered in gravy and things like barbecue sauce.
Dry rubs are a great alternative to barbecue sauce, because they are full of flavor and have none of the fat and calories that just make me cringe.
This particular dry rub is a VERY family friendly version, after all I do have three little piglets. This definitely has a little kick to it, but not so much as to offend a more sensitive palette. If you’re making it for an all adult crowd, or you just plain old want it spicier, feel free to add a little more of the chipotle chili pepper.
It’s also good on chicken, pork, beef… the sky is the limit!
Smoky Dry Rub
2 tbs. smoked paprika
2 tbs. black pepper
1 tbs. dried chipotle chili pepper
4 tsp. dried thyme
1 tbs. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. salt
Combine ingredients together in a small bowl, and store in an airtight container until needed.
**Don’t forget while you’re here that today is the last day to winner this super awesome 2012 planner which could make all your chores a snap!