Smoky Chipotle Rubs

I love my smoker. My Weber Smokey Mountain gets a workout all through the year, making everything from jerky to pulled pork. Sometimes I want a great smoky flavor (and some heat) from my gas grill or my Big Easy. That’s where these smoky chipotle rubs come in.

The smoked paprika in both versions of smoky chipotle rubs add that great smoky flavor. The chipotle powder brings the heat and a bit more smoky flavor. To mellow it out a bit there’s a bit of brown sugar. The big difference between the two versions? I use the first when I want an earthier, more southwestern flavor. I use the second when I want a bit more texture, a little heat, and the added flavors of garlic and onion.

Smoky Chipotle RubsThese smoky chipotle rubs are great on poultry, pork, and beef. Sprinkle them on your burgers. My favorite way to use them? On chicken wings.

I keep my rubs and spice mixes in a dark, cool pantry, in air-tight containers. To remember what is what and when I made it, I write the name and the date I made them on blue painter’s tape and affix it to the container. The tape comes off easily when I’m done with the mix so I can re-use the container for other things.

Chipotle rub #1 is fantastic on my (wet) smoky chipotle chicken wings.

Smokey Chipotle Rub #1

Course Spice Mix
Cuisine American
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground dried chipotle pepper
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard powder
  • 1/2-1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into an air-tight container. Seal and shake to combine.

Chipotle rub #2 is fantastic on my smoky chipotle dry wings.

Smokey Chipotle Rub #2

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Turbinado sugar (or substitute brown sugar)
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flake
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried minced orion
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried chipotle chile pepper

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients into an air-tight container. Seal and shake to combine.

Cajun Seasoning

There as many variations on Cajun seasoning as there are stars in the evening sky. Ok, well, it just seems that way. This is my go-to version. I use it everything Cajun-ish or just anything for that matter. I like my seasoning a bit on the hot side. If you like a little more mellow flavor, cut the amount of cayenne pepper in half.

Cajun SeasoningHere are some of my favorite recipes that use Cajun seasoning, besides the crazy-good grilled Cajun ribeye you see above.

Cajun Filet-o-Fish sandwiches
Cajun Grilled Baby Vegetables
Cedar Planked Cajun Mashed Potatoes

Also try my homemade blackening seasoning.

Cajun Seasoning

Course Seasoning
Cuisine Cajun
Servings 1 /2 cup
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 5 teaspoons paprika
  • 4 teaspoons kosher sea salt
  • 4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme

Instructions

  • Combine all ingredients. Keep in an airtight container for up to 6 months.