7:06 PM

There are so many things I love about Summer - long days, warm temperatures, the kids playing outside (instead of underfoot in the house), grilling, farm stand produce, and summer cocktails just to name a few. As much as things seem to go at a more leisurely pace during the summer months, I still feel the need for quick and easy weeknight meals. Grill up some chicken and veggies with a loaf of fresh bread from the market and dinner is done.

To make things a little interesting, I make this homemade spice rub that goes great on everything. It's not too spicy or salty. It elevates whatever you're grilling, plus it is super simple to pull together. Make a batch and store in an air-tight container. This stuff comes with us when we go away on vacation. It's that good.

All-Purpose Spice Rub
Adapted from Martha Stewart's Everyday Food

Makes 1 1/4 cups (enough to season 5-10 lbs of meat, poultry or seafood). We think it works best with poultry.

  • 1/3 cup sea salt
  • 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Hungarian paprika
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients, using your hands to break up the sugar. Store in an airtight container, away from heat and light, up to 6 months.

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