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Thread: One rub to rule them all...? (Average Rub)

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    Well it works for me! Used it on a pork shoulder. I think it's great. Thanks Jackson! I think I'll modify from Jackson's Average Rub (JAR) from now on.

    I'll WILL ditch searching for true ancho chili powder, and use chipotle powder instead because it has become so easy to find. Reduce cayenne for more mild tastes and make fun additions whenever it tickles me or is suggested. So the JAR was my starting point and my average is now;

    Brown Sugar (raw cane with molasses)- 8 Tbsp, 1 tsp
    Paprika - 5 Tbsp, 1 tsp
    Raw Cane Sugar - 4 Tbsp
    Coarse Black or White Pepper - 3 Tbsp, 2 tsp
    Granulated Garlic (powder works) - 3 Tbsp
    Chipotle Chili Powder - 2 Tbsp, 2 tsp
    Onion Powder - 2 Tbsp
    Cayenne Powder - 1 Tbsp
    Ground Mustard - 2 tsp
    Ground Cumin - 1/2 Tbsp
    Celery Seed - 1 tsp
    Thyme - 1 tsp
    Ground Ginger - 1/2 tsp

    Now I gotta find a 2 cup shaker :-)

    And thanks Dennis for reassurance
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jody Abbott View Post
    I'll WILL ditch searching for true ancho chili powder, and use chipotle powder instead because it has become so easy to find.

    Now I gotta find a 2 cup shaker :-)
    I've only been able to find both ancho chili and chipotle powders in tiny 2 oz or 4 oz containers, if I find them at all. When I can't, I just use regular chili powder. I'm not sure I have a refined enough palate to notice a difference.

    As for the shaker, I just use a washed-out grated Parmesan shaker. They're cheaper than an empty shaker off Amazon, the holes are wider, the labels aren't super-glued down, and they hold 2 to 2.25 cups of rub.
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    I buy a lot of my spices from Atlantic Spice Co. Very good quality and very reasonable, they have small amounts up to pounds. All kinds of chili powders ans free shipping over 50.00
    Beats upermarket prices by a mile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJackson View Post
    I've only been able to find both ancho chili and chipotle powders in tiny 2 oz or 4 oz containers, if I find them at all.
    Make your own chipotle powder. After all, it's only ground up/dried/smoked jalapeno peppers.
    Ancho powder is ground up/smoked/dried poblanos.

    Next time you do a smoke, put a bunch in there. A lot because when ground up, they don't make a lot of powder.

    Both are plentiful up here so you must have them too.
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    Both are available at most SM or Mexi Marts.
    Put em in a FP or Spice grinder. Slightly toasting in a CI skillet before grinding adds a whole nother layer of flavor.
    And if you don't do too hot, remove the seeds and veins.

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    Tim, that's a good source, there are also several mail order sources. I'm partial to Penzeys but, some folks are not.
    The Parmesan shaker is an excellent source for a larger shaker, the original contents are rubbish, in my opinion.
    OK! A few hours after reading this one, I thought I had everything on hand......wrong! Well, as with most recipes I went "seat of my pants" nothing too far out of whack but, by the time it was done, I did have to make a paprika (how in blazes does one run out of paprika?) so, between fueling the Jeep and returning empties, paprika was obtained and the rub was completed. I will do a few things very shortly:
    1-Rub a pork butt with the "amended" recipe
    2-Place a spice order!
    3-Smoke the aforementioned butt with Apple or Cherry, I do live in Michigan after all!
    4-Enjoy an afternoon with family who won't judge the rub but, maybe compare to the last one, maybe they won't even notice just smack lips with unfettered gusto!
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    I do a version of this myself. When I am smoking ribs or butts, I grab a bunch of peppers from the garden (a mixture of jalapenos, chilies, poblanos, bananas, bells, etc.) and smoke them too. I then stem them and seed them (leaving some of the seeds. Then into the dehydrator for about 2 days. Once thoroughly dried, I spin them up in the food processor to make dust. We keep this in a shaker on the table and the family puts it on everything. I can't make it fast enough...


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