Spice Essentials: Spicy Pork Rub

Andy Anderson !


This is a great pork rub with a bit of a spicy kick. I designed it for pork; however, I can see it being used on chicken, and I might add some dill, and try it out on fish.

I have included a recipe that I use it with on boneless pork tenderloins.

So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.


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1 Hr 10 Min
20 Min



  • 4 Tbsp
    hungarian paprika
  • 2 Tbsp
    coconut sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
    white pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 Tbsp
    salt, kosher variety
  • 2 tsp
    dried thyme
  • 2 tsp
    mustard powder
  • 1 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 tsp
    dried sage
  • 1/4 tsp
    cayenne pepper, or to taste

How to Make Spice Essentials: Spicy Pork Rub


  2. The amount of time it takes to bake these chops will be determined by their thickness. My chops were 1-inch (2.5cm). If they are thicker or thinner, will need to adjust the baking time accordingly.
  3. Gather your Ingredients (mise en place).
  4. Add all the spice ingredients to a bowl, and whisk together.
  5. Place into a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid, and store in a cool, dry place until needed.
  7. Brush the pork chops with a generous amount of honey.
  8. Sprinkle the spice mix on both sides of the chops, and place in the fridge for about an hour.
  9. Meanwhile, place a rack in the middle position, and preheat the oven to 400f (205c).
  10. Add a wire rack to a parchment-lined baking sheet, and place the chops on top, and sprinkle a bit more spice mixture on top.
  11. Chef’s Tip: Rub a bit of oil on the rack, so the chops do not stick.
  12. Place into the oven, and bake, until they are cooked through, and golden in color, about 20 minutes.
  14. I usually serve this on a bed of white rice; however, when I am feeling nostalgic, I serve it with mash taters, and corn. Enjoy.
  15. Keep the faith, and keep cooking.

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About Spice Essentials: Spicy Pork Rub

Course/Dish: Pork
Main Ingredient: Pork
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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