Sunday, June 19, 2011

Rub-A-Dub-Dub, Here's A Rub For Your Grub

Chad's Regionally Famous (Family Famous?) Spice Rub Recipe

If you know Chad, you know he loves grilling. And I love eating. I'd say we're a good match. He makes up a pint jar of this basic recipe, and then adds various ingredients depending upon meat type and grilling method. I'll show his process and then include the recipe at the end.
A winter project of mine was to clean out the spice drawer and the stash in the cupboard and create a more organized arrangement. With these square jars I purchased, I was able to fit nearly all our spices in one drawer--much less of a hassle than our previous 'system'. We bought these tins from www.specialtybottle.com


1. Gather Spices and tools of the trade.
2. The Key ingredients in this rub include equal parts:
-Granulated Onion (onion powder doesn't work as well)
-Cumin
-Smoked Paprika
-Ground Mustard
-Kosher Salt (or other coarse salt) (can reduce salt ratio to taste)

3. Secondary Ingredients - 1/2 portion of Key Ingredients - The Key Ingredients + Secondary Ingredients = Basic Rub
-Granulated Garlic
-Freshly Ground Peppercorns

3. Tertiary Ingredients - These are ingredients that can be added to the basic recipe according to taste, purpose or meat type. For example, a pinch of good cayenne powder gives a nice kick to barbecued chicken or pork chops. If you want a dry rub for barbecuing chicken, add a 1/2 portion of brown sugar (too much and it leads to burning, especially if cooking directly over a heat source. Indirect heat is ideal). Fennel seed, freshly ground with a 1/2 portion ratio and added to the basic recipe makes a pork chop taste..amazing. Ahhhhhmazing!

4. As we have a lot of 'whole' spices, Chad picked up a coffee grinder at a garage sale that he uses for the sole purpose of grinding spices. He labeled it accordingly so as not to have some Azteca version of coffee.


5. Mixing up the rub

6. Safely stowed in a jar-- this makes a great host gift or stocking stuffer for the grill aficionado.

The Rub Recipe

1 Tbsp. Granulated Onion
1 Tbsp. Ground Mustard
1 Tbsp. Smoked Paprika
1 Tbsp. Cumin
1 Tbsp. Coarse Salt
2 tsp. Granulated Garlic
2 tsp. Freshly Ground Pepper
1/2 to 1 tsp. Cayenne (optional, to taste)

For Pork:
Add 2 tsp. ground fennel seed

For a dry Barbecue rub:
Add 2tsp. Brown Sugar

For roasting whole turkeys, chickens or a turkey breast:
1 tsp. Ground Sage

Friday, June 17, 2011

Sangria

Sangria is one of my favorite summertime drinks! 

The way I make this drink is:
Fill a pitcher about half full of wine
The other half sprite
Ice
I throw in some frozen fruit from my freezer.
If I have some on hand I cut some slices of an orange, lemon, or lime.
Stir, pour into glass, and ENJOY!

The variations for this drink are endless!  You can use red wine, white wine, sierra mist, club soda, ginger ale, and almost any fruit you desire.  I find picking up a bag of frozen mixed fruit from the freezer section works great(and then I always have fruit on hand).  The original recipe I had called for a jar of maraschino cherries.    
*A tip I was given was to use a diet soda to tone down the sweetness. 

Monday, June 13, 2011

Fairy House Revisited

I FINALLY finished my spring cleaning on my flower beds.  {I am just a little behind this season.}  With this task finished the girl's were able to set up their fairy gardens.  They had fun and they look SO cute!








Friday, June 3, 2011

Topsy Turvy Pots

This is a very easy project!  It didn't take long at all, which made it fun, and I used material I had lying around.  I didn't use any glue.  This whole thing can come apart in the fall and put away.

Place rod in ground where you would like to display your topsy turvy pots.  My rod is actually from one of those giant spools.  We have a bunch on our property from previous owners.  We took a huge one apart(I am making a table) and when I saw the screws that came out of it I knew what I wanted to do!

Old clay pots I had.  Only one pot's hole was too small.  Travis scrapped the hole a bit with his leathermen and the hole became the right size.

When you place the pots on the rod just tip them to side.  Do this in random fashion for each pot.

Very important.  Small hands to help!  I love it when the kids get into gardening: )

Fill the pots with potting soil and a flower. 
All done!  Took like 15 minutes.  This fall it can all come apart.

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