Sweet and Smokey Spice Rub

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Sweet & Smokey Spice Rub

  • 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil- softened
  • 1 tsp Garlic- minced
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar or honey
  • 2 tsp liquid smoke

Mix all ingredients. It makes an ugly, brown, mushy paste. Rub all over meat. Cook meat.

Sounds too simple right? Not enough ingredients, way too fast. No way this is going to taste good…..Oh but you’re wrong!

We have tried this on wings, steak, ribs, a pork roast and several cuts of venison. It is delicious! It has a deep smokey flavor with just the slightest hint of sweetness. Very delicious!

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The Truth about Sea Salt

Hawaiian Deep Sea Salt

Salt has received a lot of press in past years. One minute it is absolutely essential to life, and the next it is giving you hypertension and trying to kill you.

Salt contains sodium, which is necessary for life. It also provides chloride, which produces acid necessary to digest protein. Chloride is also essential to proper brain growth and function. Salt contains magnesium, which is important for many, many functions and is a crucial, but often overlooked mineral. See my post about magnesium here. Salt is important for muscle contraction and expansion, nerve stimulation, and the proper functioning of the adrenal glands. As with any thing on earth, moderation is the key. The body needs 500 mg of sodium per day. Today the average person eats 6,000 to 10,000 mg of sodium per day!

The truth lies in the different types of salt.

Celtic Sea Salt

Table Salt

  • Heated to over 1,200 degrees
  • Highly processed
  • Mined from rock salt beds
  • 97.5 sodium chloride
  • Added iodine
  • Aluminum hydroxide added as a ‘flowing agent’
  • Added silicon dioxide and dextrose
  • Added fluoride
  • Often contains corn sugar to make it more palatable

Sea Salt

  • Unrefined
  • Unheated
  • Extracted from ocean water by evaporation
  • High mineral content: potassium, calcium, magnesium, selenium, copper, iron, zinc, and manganese.
  • Contains zero additives
  • Contains microscopic plant life, which naturally contain iodine
  • Contains live enzymes, which aid in digestion

Portugese Sea Salt

I love sea salt, and find the highest quality that I can afford. By far the best tasting salt I’ve ever had is Selina Naturally Hawaiian Sea Salt. It happens to also be the sea salt with the #1 highest mineral content. So if you are looking for my top recommendation, that would be it. (around $24 lb)

Runner up: Celtic Brand Sea Salt, not quite as high in mineral content, but very delicious. ($11.00 lb)

Other high quality sea salts I like are Selina Naturally Portuguese Sea Salt ($8 lb) and Himalayan Sea Salt ($5 lb).

Most other brands I’ve seen marketed as natural sea salt, have such low mineral content that you might as well buy iodized table salt and not bother.

Himalayan Sea Salt

Spiced Ribs

Spiced Ribs

3 lbs pork loin back ribs

1 Tbsp chili powder

1 1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 1/2 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cayenne

1/4 tsp pepper

Combine spices and rub into the meat. Place bone side down in roasting pan. Bake at 350 degrees with lid for 1 1/4 hours. This spice rub is good on just about any cut of beef. Rob likes it during the summer when he’s manning the BBQ grill.

See also:

Coffee Spice Rub

Italian Seasoning Mix

Taco Seasoning Mix

Make your own Italian Seasoning

I have a lot of recipes that call for 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning blend. Well if you have a well stocked spice cabinet, you probably have all the ingredients to just make it yourself. I make this in a large batch, and store it in a pretty jar.

Homemade Italian Seasoning Blend

2 Tbsp Basil

2 Tbsp Marjoram

2 Tbsp Oregano

2 Tbsp Rosemary

2 Tbsp Thyme

Voila! Mix all ingredients, store in airtight container.

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