Jerk-Style Spice Rub

Published May 2017

Why This Recipe Works

To create a flavorful jerk-style spice rub, we turned to pantry staples. We ground allspice berries, black peppercorns, and dried thyme to create a coarse mixture, and we added heat and depth with garlic powder, dry mustard, and cayenne. A small amount of brown sugar helped the dry spices cling.


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1 tablespoon allspice berries
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 ½ teaspoons dried thyme
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 ½ teaspoons dry mustard
¾ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon cayenne pepper

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Makes about 1/4 cup

If you can’t find whole allspice berries, substitute 2 teaspoons of ground allspice.

Grind allspice, peppercorns, and thyme in spice grinder or mortar and pestle until coarsely ground. Transfer to bowl and stir in sugar, garlic powder, mustard, salt, and cayenne.