african spice rub.

this is the only spice mix you need this summer.  the only one!

it’s a great rub or marinade for your grilled meats and shrimp.  it’s amazing sprinkled on eggs.  add it to butter and slather it all over your grilled corn this summer, and oh my my.  nothing dull about it.

it’s so so good.

i stole it from this amazing cook on the cooking channel ~ her name is Siba Mtongana (pronounce THAT) and she’s from South Africa.  her show is called “Siba’s Table” and i really love her unique recipes.  i wonder if she’s still on?

i’m going to rename this mix “african spice rub” because the one episode i saw of Siba’s Table, where she made this spice mix, i thought she was so beautiful and vibrant.  i could just imagine how flavorful and colorful african food must be.  maybe i have no idea what i’m talking about, but she intrigued me to think about african food.

here’s the recipe…

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons chile powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried herb mix of your choosing
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon cayenne pepper

that’s it.  mix it up and put it in a cute little jar.

i changed it up a bit with another kind of pepper than cayenne ~ aleppo pepper, which is a turkish pepper i recently bought at penzey’s ~ it’s really great but you can use any kind of pepper you want.  even black pepper.  or no pepper at all!

Siba also used smoked salt, which would be so delicious.  i just used kosher salt because that’s all i had.

but seriously, you can change this up any way you want.  but that smoked paprika is EVERYTHING.

go more vegetarian/plant-based this summer!  this would be so amazing rubbed on thick slices of zucchini, portobello mushroom and vidalia onion, and grilled.  YUM.  and i love sweet/savory, so i think it would be insanely good on pineapple.  or all of the above and skewer those suckers!  add shrimp and you’ve got a meal!

i used it yesterday on some black and pinto beans, mixed with hominy i had leftover from last week, and had frozen.  i reheated, drained and strained, added frozen corn, fresh tomato, cilantro, juice of a lime, and a tablespoon or two of this african spice rub.  INCREDIBLE!


just one of many ways you can use this heavy-hitter.  i’d like to try it in my caesar dressing recipe, and drizzled atop grilled romaine!  ooh la laaaaa!  i’ll try that next and post it if it works out!


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