Papa Chodorkoff's Steak, Chicken, or Shrimp Rub

Right around mid-winter, I start to get really nostalgic for summertime. Aside from the intoxicating blend of cut-offs, beach days, and endless bottles of rosé, what I truly miss is grilling on the BBQ at my home in Vermont. You can throw just about anything on the grill and it’ll taste good, but to give our proteins a little extra flavor, my dad has his very own super-secret, super-special flavor rub that he dreamed up years ago. Its criminally simple, equally delicious, and goes on just about anything.

Since it’s a well kept family secret, I can’t just go giving the recipe away. What I can do is give you a list of the ingredients you’ll need, and trust you to experiment until it feels right.

The rub is a simple mixture of Cayenne pepper, brown sugar, garlic powder, salt and pepper. When combined in proper proportions, it should create a perfect balance of sweet, spicy, savory, and salty. I urge you to start mixing, adding different amounts of ingredients until it tastes good! Don’t worry if you make too much, because there’s really no such thing–you can easily store the rub in a jar or ziplock bag and use it for future meals.

Good luck, and happy grilling. Hopefully you’ll figure it out by the time summer rolls around.