A Guide to Spice Rubs and Blends

A general guide to spice rubs and blends

We love spices! Without them there is no spicy food, no distinctive flavors, no magical, mathematical blends of herbs and salts and peppers that make up your favorite dishes... no spice to life at all! And while we have our favorite blends and brands that we buy, we also like to infuse our own twist of flavors into our favorite main dishes: pork, beef, chicken, fish, and vegetables.

We took an impromptu poll of our friends, family, and readers of Real Food Real Kitchens to find out their favorite spice blends. Here are the results, 5 base spice blends to build on. A little of this, a little of that... and you have created your own signature Spice Rub!

by Craig Chapman

*special thanks to Rick Woodling for his help with this article.