Spicy Dry Rub

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.

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  1. 1

    I love using a dry rub, but it has been a long time since I have made one. The blend of seasonings in this spicy dry rub sound delicious. I will definitely add a little more chipotle chili pepper to kick it up a notch or two!. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    I love a good rub. I use them all the time. This one looks first rate and I love the inclusion of smoked paprika. Well done there!

  3. 3

    I love dry rubs, they are so intensely flavorful. :) Great recipe, I never know what to add to a rub when i try to make them myself. Thank you!

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    I’ll bet that would be awesome on catfish, too – instead of blackend seasoning. Buzzed and bookmarked for future reference.

    I love a good rub. Especially on steak. Great meat needs no sauce. If I’m going to spend money on a Porterhouse or a T bone, all I want is a dry rub.

    And after my medical procedures last year I couldn’t do my regular exercises for a while – only walk. I was terrified I would gain my weight back. I stuck to healthy eating and walks and I kept it off. It’s things like dry rubs that help you do that.

    As far as eating a lot – The cooler weather does it to me – It’s been cool down here in FL and I’ve been on this shove Cheeze-its and Peanut butter cups into my face before I go to bed at night (blogging makes me hungry). I have to stop that!!! Bad, MK. I’ve had to ramp up my “forty-four-four -” four days of exercising 40 minutes to five days. Jillian Michaels is getting sworn at more often by me lately. LOL (I have her DVDs).

    I digress. Great post and I’ll let you know when I try your rub!

  5. 5

    That sounds like a wonderful rub…a little spicy, a little savory. Now if only the weather would cooperate so I could go buy a grill!

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    Sounds like a great alternative, and I am sure it’s full of flavor…Will try it! Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day sweetie!

  7. 7

    I don’t use nearly enough rubs. What a great calorie free way to get tons of flavor into your dinner!

  8. 8

    The hubby and I are dry rub people. Even at BBQ places we request the sauce on the side! This rub is a good blend of flavors, well worth a try.

  9. 9

    Sounds delicious! I just made dry rubs to give as Christmas gifts for my siblings. One was a Chimichurri rub, the other a Tandoori rub. Our 2 boys (5 & 2) love them both! They were online at Bon Appetit. I am going to try yours next.

  10. 10

    I really enjoy a good rub I almost prefer it to a sauce of any sort. I love the flavor it imparts. This sounds fantastic I will have to give it a try.

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    No one would miss the calories in this rub! I have been studiously avoiding the scale and eating salad every day for lunch, but I need a good dinner. This rub would be fantastic on a steak.

  12. 12

    This is right up my alley, Jen! I love homemade rubs and spice mixes!

  13. 13

    I love mixing spices together for rubs. Penzey spices is a great place to see flavor combination and get inspired. They you can make your own. Great way to enhance flavor and save money.

  14. 15

    The possibilities for this rub are endless!

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    This is a GREAT rub, Jen! I’m a huge fan of dry rubs because of my allergic to most commercial ketchups, cinnamon and worcestershire (I make my own minus allergens). So – I don’t get to often enjoy BBQ…that it has a health benefit is a BONUS! Thanks so much for this one – it’s a winner!

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    I love to grill up chicken and keep it in the fridge so I have lean protein available at lunch and don’t grab leftover pasta or some such thing. This looks like it would be great for grilled chicken. Thanks!

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    I gained like 10 lbs since summer. Yep, really bad! I’m trying to lose all that plus extra as I was trying to lose another 7 lbs before gaining 10lbs…. arh! Anyway this rub sounds fantastic and it’s on my list to try!

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    Ooh, I love dry rubs! This one sounds delicious.

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    This is a great rub. Thanks for sharing.

  20. 21

    I think I always have 10 lbs to lose after Christmas. This would help–you could put it on a sponge and it would probably taste good. :)

  21. 22

    Dry rubs really are a great way to impart flavor without all of the calories. This one looks so great. You really are NOT alone in the 10 pound department. ahem.

  22. 23

    I love rubs. This one is packed with spicy goodness. I cannot believe how many people are fasting this month. I am so not into that whole craze!

  23. 24

    Oh, boy does this combo sound delicious! I’m imagining it on chicken or pork to start with! And I’m with you about watching what I eat after all the goodies in December…yikes!

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    Dry rubs are really the way to go! This one looks great!! I got a new smoker for Christmas and have been experiementing. So funny that the last rub I tried is almost exactly the same as yours, except I added some sugar (maple and brown) and a lil bit of cumin and cinnamon but basically the same. I just love smoked paprika and chipotle!

  25. 26

    I love using dry rubs. I will have to give this one a try..it sounds great! :)

  26. 27

    I brought home a package of rub/marinate from the US last time I was there. Loved to use it! I cannot wait to make my own, thanks to your recipe!


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