Johnny's Spice Rub
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Johnny's Spice Rub

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"This is a good general barbeque rub! Sprinkle or rub onto ribs, tri-tips, steaks, chicken or whatever meat you desire! Let rubbed meat sit at least an hour before cooking."

Ingredients 5 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 12 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 12 kcal
  • < 1%
  • Fat:
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Carbs:
  • 2.2g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 0.5 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 284 mg
  • 11%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a small, nonporous bowl, combine the garlic powder, ground black pepper, salt, mustard powder, chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, paprika and oregano. Mix well and apply to meat.
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I mixed this up just as directed and was so pleased with it I'd do so again in a heartbeat. This is an absolutely outstanding all-purpose spice blend that will do anything you use it on a favor. I used it tonight on "Bacon Wrapped Barbecue Shrimp," recipe also from this site, but I won't hesitate to use it on just about anything. This was truly excellent.

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This is a very spicy rub and was on the edge for me; the men in my family all loved it. They are asking for more and again! When I make this again I will definitely cut the cumin wayyyy down. I used this on baby back ribs. I rubbed them down, sealed them in foil and threw them in the fridge for two days. I then threw them into a 350 oven for 2 hours. The meat was so tender it was all but falling off the bone. Great tenderizer! The ribs were good as is but we elected to go ahead and wet them down with barbecue sauce. Old habits die hard. I was a bit heavy handed with the rub and next time will use sparingly. This is a good rub and not your typical sweet, bland seasoning salt. This is an officially awesome rub that separates the men from the boys.


I've made this twice, and its great! I mix all the powders and put it in an extra herb shaker that I've emptied, then shook the rub all over country western pork ribs......let it marinate for a few hours and let it set on the counter for an hour to come up in temperature. Then I steam them for an hour and when I'm ready to go, I grill them with a little sauce on them (I've used both barbecue and caribbean jerk sauce from Buffalo Wild Wings) Both times they came out excellent! I will always have this on hand, especially during grilling season! :)