Recipe courtesy of Beau Fairbairn

Standard Meat Rub

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 12 3/4 cups
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Ingredients

4 cups black peppercorns

4 cups kosher salt 

2 cups brown sugar 

1 1/2 cups onion powder or granulated onion

1 cup smoked paprika 

4 tablespoons crushed red pepper

Directions

  1. Toast the peppercorns in a dry, heavy skillet over moderate heat, stirring, until very fragrant and smoking, 3 to 5 minutes (be careful not to let them burn). Once toasted, grind to a medium consistency--a large coffee grinder works wonderfully.
  2. Mix the salt and the ground peppercorns together to form the base of the rub. Now mix in the brown sugar, onion powder, smoked paprika and red pepper until blended. Store in an airtight container.
  3. Apply the dry rub generously to meats. Rub and pack it on by hand, then let the natural moistness of the meat pick up the seasonings. The longer and harder you rub, the better the rub set you get.

Cook’s Note

This rub can be stripped down to just 3 ingredients: salt, peppercorns and brown sugar. This is an especially good idea when cooking larger pieces of meat, like brisket. Rubs should always be an accent to the meat's natural flavor. Measurements can be adjusted to personal preference, but the salt, peppercorns and brown sugar ratios should never change.

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