culinary review

Chili Spice Rub

Last Modified: 11/06/07
First Published: 11/06/07
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A nice and spicy chili rub is easy to mix together and keep on hand. It also makes a perfect gift if you put it in achili_rub pretty jar or bag and write a nice label describing the content.

This chili rub is perfect to apply on meat or fish instead of a marinade before cooking. It's especially good if you're planning to cook a piece of meat for a longer period of time, as it will really penetrate the meat and provide good flavor.


  • 3 parts chili powder
  • 2 parts brown sugar
  • 1 part salt
  • 1 part ground cumin
  • 1 part paprika
  • 1 part dried onion
  • ½ part celery salt
  • ½ part onion powder
  • ½ part dried chili flakes

Mix all the ingredients together. Store in an air-tight container.

To use on meat:

Generously cover a piece of meat with this rub and massage it into the meat. Let the meat sit in room temperature for at least 20 minutes (preferably up to an hour) covered in this rub. The salt and the spices will draw moisture out of the meat, resulting in more concentrated flavor. Then grill, fry or roast the meat with the rub on.