Jamaican Jerk Spice Rub

Lately, I’ve had it in my head that I wanted to make some ribs rubbed with Jerk spices (coming soon) then glazed, kind of like I did my Cider Glazed Ribs awhile back but with a definite Jerk flavor. So I checked out the Jerk seasoning at the store. I’m sure it would have been ok, but it was pricy, had additives and didn’t really have the jerk flavors I was looking for. I want a Jamaican Jerk Spice Rub that’s going to mimic the real deal Jerk flavors I fell in love with years ago.

Jamaican Jerk Spice Rub

Jamaican Jerk Spice Rub

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Sweet Ancho Spice Rub

Sweet Ancho Spice Rub

This is the season, isn’t it, if you haven’t already broken out the grill, to do it now? I * think* it’s finally safe, although this last week I had to get the winter jacket out as temperatures plummeted into the 30’s in the Twin Cities and Denver had snow. But if you are grilling for Memorial Day and doing ribs (or a pork butt) think about this Sweet Ancho Spice Rub.

Sweet Ancho Spice Rub

Sweet Ancho Spice Rub

 

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Homemade Ras El Hanout

Homemade Ras El Hanout Spice Blend

I’ve been working on a few recipes, one being Chicken Shawarma, trying to find a version that can be made at home. without a spit or a rotisserie. So I’ve been eating a lot of Chicken Shawarma. Luckily, there’s a spice blend that can be mixed up that has most of the spices needed. Ras El Hanout. In my case, a Homemade Ras El Hanout. (And that Chicken Shawarma? My much-tested recipe has been perfected! Here’s my Homestyle Chicken Shawarma!)

Homemade Ras El Hanout

Homemade Ras El Hanout

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Mexican Pinto Bean Spice

Mexican Pinto Bean Spice

My favorite way to cook pinto beans is with a ham hock or some bacon, maybe a little broth, but that’s because I just love the flavors of Mexican beans just as they are. They’re like a delicious foil for everything else that probably IS spicy on my plate. But everyone I know seems to like to spice up their beans, so I’ve come up with this fun Mexican Pinto Bean Spice.

Mexican Pinto Bean Spice

Mexican Pinto Bean Spice

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