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All-purpose Rub
A medley of spices comprises this classic all-purpose rub.
A medley of spices comprises this classic all-purpose rub.
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Of all the ways you can enliven foods for the grill, using an excellent all-purpose rub is a must in your kitchen because it complements practically anything. Cumin, mustard, cinnamon, oregano and other spices form the basis for this rub from Real Simple magazine and Recipes.com. It's supremely convenient to make, and it's a budget-saver, too, because the recipe calls for dried spices instead of fresh herbs. Add a bit of olive oil to create a paste that you rub on raw meat, under and over chicken skin, or on fish, calamari, crab or other varieties of seafood.


  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt


Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Make a wet rub by adding enough olive oil to form a paste.

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