3 dry spice mixtures for meat that will surprise you

3 dry spice mixtures for meat that will surprise you
3 dry spice mixtures for meat that will surprise you

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Beginning of may can be considered the official opening of the season barbecue with all the fragrant pounds of marinated meat that he’s carrying. If you want to move away from the standard pickles, try a traditional American spice mixtures that we learn to cook in this material.

The Cajun

Barbecue is part of the culture of the southern States of the United States, it is not surprising that it was created by the legendary marinades for meat, the names of which later spread throughout the world. One of these dry marinades — Cajun spice mix, born in Louisiana with the arrival in this region of the French from Canada. This mixture can include up to 15 different spices, but we won’t go to extremes and will stop at the option of medium complexity.


  • 2 Bay leaves;
  • 1 ½ tablespoon dried onion;
  • 1 ½ tablespoon paprika;
  • 1 ½ tablespoon garlic;
  • 1 ½ tablespoon oregano;
  • 1 tablespoon thyme;
  • ½ Tablespoon of ground cumin;
  • ½ Tablespoon of salt;
  • 1 tablespoon of chilli flakes.

If you can’t find ready chopped seasoning: freshly ground always have a more pronounced flavor. With the help of a stupa or coffee grinder, grind the spices if necessary.

Combine all of the ingredients.

The Cajun — the perfect complement to beef, chicken, fish and potatoes, which easily tolerates long-term storage.

A mixture of Old Bay spices

A true classic for seafood and fish, spice blend, Old Bay were created in the 40-ies of the last century and still has not lost its popularity. In our stores, to find her more than problematic, because we offer you to create a home version.


  • 1 tablespoon salt;
  • 1 teaspoon ground celery;
  • 1 ½ teaspoon of mustard powder;
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika;
  • ½ Teaspoon of ground pepper;
  • ¾ Teaspoon ground nutmeg;
  • ¼ Teaspoon ground cardamom;
  • pinch ground cloves;
  • a pinch of ground ginger.

Mix all the ground spices and store in an airtight container. Old Bay is not only suitable for barbecue, seafood and fish. This blend of spices goes well with chicken and pork.

The blend of spices with cocoa

Lovers of beef and pork ribs must try to cook this dry mixture for marinating. Slight bitterness of the cocoa is mixed with the rich aromas of herbs and ginger and a small amount of sugar helps to form a tasty caramelized crust on the surface of the piece.


  • 2 tablespoons (heaped) of cocoa;
  • ¼ Cup of sugar;
  • red pepper — to taste;
  • 1 tablespoon salt;
  • ½ Tablespoon dried garlic;
  • ½ Tablespoon oregano;
  • ½ Tablespoon of mustard powder;
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger;
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon.

Mix all ingredients from the list. Add the ground red pepper, adjusting the sharpness of the mixture at its discretion.

For marinating RUB mixture ribs, wrap them with foil and leave overnight.

Ready mix, use immediately or store in sealed containers.


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