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Top 5 Grilling Spice Rub Combinations


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Jamaican Jerk Rub
Jerk goes well with a wide variety of spices, fruits and vegetables.
Jerk goes well with a wide variety of spices, fruits and vegetables.
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A jerk is a good thing in the foodie world -- when it describes this traditional Jamaican recipe for roasting meat. Allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg are more often used in baking in the United States, but they're also mildly hot (allspice is actually ground pimento, a relative of black pepper) and routinely included in Jamaican main dishes.

To make a wet rub, rum would be keeping with the Jamaican theme. If that's too potent for your tastes, try pineapple or chopped onions.

For that matter, island cooking includes lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. Consider sprinkling a little rub on some oiled, grill-friendly produce (whole onions, bell peppers, and corn on the cob come to mind) and adding them a few minutes before the meat is done.

  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

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