Magic Spice Blend

By Eric Kim
July 1, 2018
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Author Notes: In a world of unknowns, this spice blend is the one constant in my life. It’s smoky and sweet, savory and familiar. It lives in a Mason jar by my stove next to the olive oil, salt, and pepper. That's the thing about "secret" dry rubs: When you've found the perfect mix, it becomes a part of you and your daily cooking. It's good and reliable, even signature, because you feel somehow that you've been seasoning with it all along.Eric Kim

Food52 Review: Featured in: My Lip-Smacking BBQ Ribs & the Secret Spice Blend That Makes Them Sing.The Editors

Makes: about 1 cup
Prep time: 5 min

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, dark or light
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons smoked paprika (you can use regular sweet paprika if you don't like the taste of smoked)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon celery seed, crushed in the palm of your hand
  1. Spoon all of the ingredients into a Mason jar and shake. I like to keep this by my stove to sprinkle over everything: fried eggs, sliced cucumbers, chicken, pork chops, and especially ribs.

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