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Midnight WTF Rub

Edited: It’s a good thing I decided to tweak this recipe. It turns out I had left out one of the major ingredients, the sugar!! I originally was going to have 1/2 cup of sugar to 1/3 cup of salt. After playing with it some more, it appears the best ration is 2:1 so it’s 1 cup of sugar to 1/2 cup of salt.

I actually made up the recipe for this rub back in January. We were getting ready to prep some ribs for smoking the next day and I wanted a different rub for them. The name comes from the fact that it was about midnight when I decided to invent a new recipe. Our friend Dave was visiting and when I asked for his input, he said he’d like some sweeter spices such as cinnamon and cloves. The WTF part comes from me shrugging and saying “WTF. Why not?” And funnily enough, this is my new favorite rub. 😀


1 cup turbinado sugar, or brown sugar
1/2 cup coarse salt
1/4 cup oriental mustard
2 tablespoons black pepper
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
1 tablespoon cloves, freshly ground
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper


Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Store in airtight container.

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Mustard-Dill Wet Rub

Last week Jene brought me a double pack of boneless pork shoulder from Costco. I turned one into carnitas (I may have gotten close to having perfected that one) and decided to do a wet rub on the other before smoking it. It came out awesome so I though I’d share 🙂


9 oz mustard (I used dijon but I’m sure you could use just about any type you wanted)

4 oz turbinado sugar

1/4 cup dill weed

1/4 cup salt

1 TB ground celery seed

1 TB onion powder

1 TB garlic powder

1 1/2 tsp black pepper


Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Spread on meat.


It’s obviously a really easy recipe. Ideally you would let it marinate overnight but I forgot and wound up smearing it on and cooking it right away. It’s still good even when it doesn’t get to sit. I would use this on chicken, pork, and/or seafood. For the mustard and sugar the measurement is given in weight because it was easier to put it on a scale than try and use measuring cup.

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