This is a great BBQ rub called the Essence. It has a tangy spice flavor with just a hint of heat with the cayenne pepper. You can make modifications to make it a little hotter (add another tsp of cayenne pepper), or add brown sugar to sweeten it to your liking.

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  • 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme


Combine all ingredients, mix thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.


About 2/3 cup


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