3-Ingredient Dry Rub

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3-Ingredient Dry Rub Recipe
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With grilling season under way, we're arming you with what we're declaring the official spice rub of 2017. Oh, and it's only three ingredients.

Garlic salt, brown sugar and hot smoked paprika come together for a salty, sweet and spicy rub that will take any meat (or vegetable) to the next level. Go ahead: Sprinkle it on just about anything. But don't forget to let it marinate for at least an hour to get the most from the flavors.

The best part about this recipe is that you can adjust based on your taste. If you like your barbecue a little sweeter, bump up the brown sugar. The same goes with spice from the hot paprika: Don't be shy if you like a little extra heat. Find the proportion of these three spices that best suits you and thank us later.

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3-Ingredient Dry Rub

Recipe from the Tasting Table Test Kitchen

Yield: ¾ cup

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: N/A

Total Time: 5 minutes


¼ cup garlic salt

¼ cup hot smoked paprika

¼ cup light brown sugar


In a bowl, whisk all the ingredients together until incorporated. Rub liberally on meat or vegetables to marinate for 1 hour before grilling. Store in a sealed container for up to 1 month.

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