One of the keys to cooking at home is making it easy. If you have to run out for ingredients every day, it’s not easy and you’re probably not saving money. You’re definitely not saving time. So, how do you make it easy? One way is making sure you’ve got a well-stocked pantry (or cupboard, or shelf, or box under your bed.) It takes time to build up a pantry full of items that you are going to use regularly. Spices are a great place to start.
Having an assortment of spices and spice blends on hand in your pantry is going to open up a whole range of options for every meal you prepare. One of the biggest reasons people give me for not cooking more is that they get bored eating the same things all the time. The simplest way to combat that excuse is having a wide variety of flavor profiles ready to use.
Single spices are great. You can do so much with one or two spices but spice blends are magical! You can purchase spice blends in the store but, often, they are a single serving, expensive, or full of salt and preservatives. Mix up a batch or two of your favorites without all the yucky stuff and grab them anytime you want to add a particular flair to your dish.
BBQ Dry Rub
Today, I’m going to share a super simple BBQ blend that is perfect as a dry rub on pork or beef. You can also use it in chicken or pasta, it’s really that versatile! The beauty of this mix is how simple it is. You can use it as is or add other herbs and spices to mix it up. Think of this mix as your palette and you can add any other flavor you want.
I can’t wait to hear how you use this mix! Tell us in the comments or on Facebook. I’ll be back later this week with a recipe for you and we’ll talk much more about pantry staples later.
Side note: I use these delightful shakers to store my homemade spice blends. I just label them with a piece of painters tape so I know what I’m grabbing.
BBQ Spice Blend
- 1 cup paprika
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Mix all ingredients. Store in airtight container in cupboard or pantry.
- Smoked paprika will add a great depth of flavor.
- White or brown sugar works fine, depending on your preference.