Basic Rub

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Rubs have long been popular in the Southwest for applying to meats before grilling or roasting. There are many variations; however, I think it is hard to improve on this basic recipe. You can alter the ingredients to please your palate. Make lots; it freezes well and is convenient to have on hand for quick meals. When using, place some of the rub in a shallow bowl and spoon it onto meat or vegetables. Then rub it in. Rub off any excess with a paper towel.

Preparation Time - Text3 to 5 minutes



Total Timeunder 15 minutes

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, lactose-free, low-fat, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free, vegetarian

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Taste and Texturegarlicky, savory, spiced

Type of Dishdry rub


  • ½ cup salt
  • ½ cup freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup ground pure mild red chile
  • 2 tablespoons garlic granules
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


  1. Combine the salt, pepper, chile, garlic, and sugar in a jar. Freeze until ready to use.


  3. Combine the salt, pepper, chile, garlic, and sugar in a jar. Freeze until ready to use.


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