Now that Spring has sprung, the weather is starting to warm up – time to clean that barbeque! Here are a couple of spice rubs to add a little zing to your grill! They’re great to flavour meats, vegetables, cheese or to spice up your barbecue favourites.

If the kids want to help, adult supervision is required when measuring the chilli and cayenne.

Mexican rub

Makes: about 1 cup

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup mild paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon chilli powder (add to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons dried chilli flakes, crushed lightly
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt flakes
  • ½ – 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Transfer to a jar. Seal with lid. Label and date. Store in a cool dark place for up to 2-3 months.

Cajun rub

Makes: about 1 cup

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup mild paprika
  • 2 tablespoons sea salt flakes
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 ½ tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 – 3 teaspoons cayenne pepper (add to taste)
  • For an extra hot version add: 1-2 teaspoons dried chilli flakes, lightly crushed (add to taste)

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Transfer to a jar. Seal with lid. Label and date. Store in a cool dark place for up to 2-3 months.


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