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Chile Spice Rub

May/June 2007

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This rub is the reason we return over and over again to our favorite lunch spot in Burlington, Vermont: Penny Cluse Café. Although we prefer the blend of chiles given here, any combination of 12 dried chiles will give you a delicious, spicy result. Use on: Extra-firm tofu, shrimp, scallops, salmon, mahi-mahi, chicken, pork, beef, lamb


Chile Spice Rub Recipe

Makes: 1 cup

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Ingredients

  • 4 dried New Mexico chiles
  • 4 dried cascabel chiles
  • 4 dried ancho chiles
  • 1/2 cup cumin seeds
  • 1/4 cup dried oregano
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Stem and seed chiles. Spread them on a small baking sheet and roast until fragrant, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl.
  3. Spread cumin seeds on the baking sheet and roast until smoking and very fragrant, about 6 minutes. Stir in oregano and roast for 2 minutes more. Add to the bowl with the chiles, then add paprika and salt; stir to combine. Let cool slightly. Transfer to a food processor and process until the mixture is finely ground.
  4. Measure out 2 tablespoons of the rub. Using your hands, rub it evenly onto 1 1/2 pounds (6 servings) of your chosen protein just before grilling.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
  • Follow the marinating times, cooking times and temperatures below for juicy, perfect grilling results.
  • EXTRA-FIRM TOFU
  • 30 minutes to overnight
  • 2-3 minutes per side
  • SALMON FILLET
  • 30 minutes
  • 3-5 minutes per side
  • CHICKEN BREAST boneless, skinless
  • 2 hours to overnight
  • 6-8 minutes per side; 165°F
  • CHICKEN THIGHS boneless, skinless
  • 2 hours to overnight
  • 6-8 minutes per side; 165°F
  • CHICKEN THIGHS bone-in, skinless
  • 2 hours to overnight
  • 15-25 minutes, turning occasionally; 165°F
  • DUCK BREAST boneless, skinless
  • 2 hours to overnight
  • 4-8 minutes per side; 150°F
  • PORK CHOPS bone-in, 3/4" thick
  • 2 hours to overnight
  • 3-4 minutes per side; 145°F
  • PORK TENDERLOIN
  • 2 hours to overnight
  • 14-16 minutes, turning occasionally; 145°F
  • FLANK STEAK
  • 2 hours to overnight
  • 6-8 minutes per side; 140°F for medium
  • STRIP STEAK bone-in, 3/4"-1" thick
  • 2 hours to overnight
  • 4-5 minutes per side; 140°F for medium
  • LAMB LOIN CHOPS
  • 2 hours to overnight
  • 5-6 minutes per side; 145°F for medium
  • *All cooking times based on medium-high grill temperature and cooking with the grill lid closed.

Nutrition

Per teaspoon: 8 calories; 0 g fat (0 g sat, 0 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 1 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 0 g protein; 1 g fiber; 121 mg sodium; 60 mg potassium.

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