Smoked Paprika is one of those spices everyone should have on hand. It’s smoky flavour is perfect for grilling. I had to develop a rub dedicated to this amazing spice. This rub can be used on just about anything. I use it on chicken & beef dishes, it would be amazing sprinkled on seafood as well.
Having smoked paprika in your spice arsenal is like having a secret ingredient that you aren’t sure whether to tell the world about or not. One of those things you almost want to keep to yourself because it’s so good. But that would be wrong. Things this good need to shared with the world. Shouted from the rooftops. Used in every dish you can find reason to use it in. It’s my secret weapon when grilling, and cooking in general. The flavour this imparts is beyond words. You need to try it for yourself to see why I sing its praises so loudly, and publicly.
When I cook indoors I whip out smoked paprika often. It has such a smoky, earthy flavour to it. So it lends itself perfectly to grilling as well. It’s not only great in rubs, but it’s also amazing in barbecue sauces. It really is a wonderful spice.
I generally have a hard time finding it locally. I ended up scoring a bottle when my daughter went shopping state-side. She goes over about once a month with her boyfriend’s family. I mentioned I wanted a bottle this past spring and she surprised by remembering and picking me up some. She’s cool like that. Always looking out for her mom.
I suggest starting with less and making sure you like the taste. It’s one of those spices that a little goes a long way. I happen to love it so I use quite a good amount of it in this rub. You could dial that back and start with 1/2 to 1 tablespoon to make sure it’s not too intense for you. I’d hate to put you off loving smoked paprika by giving you too much of it on your first go with it. But I also write my recipes the way we use them, and we like a lot of this stuff. You’ve been warned.
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Smoked Paprika Rub
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons sea salt
- 2 tablespoons smoked paprika start with less your first time and adjust to your taste!
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder or salt
- 1 tablespoon onion powder or salt
In a bowl combine all the spices and mix well.
Transfer to a spice jar, or mason jar, and store in a cool, dry, dark space until needed.
When using coat your meat first with some oil. Then sprinkle the rub over top and rub it into the meat. Make sure it gets everywhere.
Cover the meat and pop in the fridge for a couple of hours, or overnight if you want a really intense smoky flavour.
Make sure you take the meat out of the fridge about 30 minutes before grilling. Do not grill cold meat.
Start with less and work your way up. We really like smoked paprika but your taste buds might only like a little of it. So start small and work your way to the perfect amount for you and your family.
With any rubs or spice blends you need to use your judgement about your own taste. It’s okay to adjust the amounts to your own needs. I am constantly playing around with measurements and will adjust based on lots of variables. If we have young kids visiting I’ll dial back the heat a lot. You always need to keep your guests in mind when entertaining. While I love heat and smoky flavours, I tend to lighten up when we have other people here. It’s just the right thing to do. Always put your guests first and think about their palates as well as your own.
Hope you enjoyed today’s tip!
Are you a heat lover or a more mild spice type of person?
We always thought we had a high heat tolerance. Then last year we went on our annual trip to St. Jacobs, Ontario. They have an olive oil/sauce tasting bar there that will blow your mind. It’s set up like a bar and instead of alcohol it’s all oils, sauces and condiments. You get to taste test them before buying. It’s a spectacular place to visit. We did a heat test to see what our heat tolerance levels were. Both myself and my daughter thought we had a real high tolerance. Turns out we are both sissies and our heat scale is pretty low. It was cool to find that out and play around with different heat levels. I thought for sure we’d both be really high on the heat scale. Not so much! Total sissies!
Thank you for spending some time with me today!
I really hope you get to try this one out. Smoked Paprika is an amazing thing. I want you to fall in love with it just like I did.
Now be confident and get your grill on!