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Dry Spice Rub for Lamb or Beef

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"I got this recipe from my grama. It can be used on lamb or beef, and the flavors can be adjusted to suit your taste."

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Original recipe makes 1 /4 cup Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins

    2 hrs 15 mins


  1. Mix together the paprika, thyme, basil, cumin, and curry powder, if desired, in a small bowl. When ready to use, evenly sprinkle a light coating onto lamb or beef and pat into surface of the meat. For the most flavorful results, season meat and place in a resealable plastic bag; refrigerate 2 hours before cooking.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 25, 2008

when i rubbed the spices in, i did it with a bit of olive oil. when i cooked it, i added a couple slivers of garlic and a little wine, and then i reduced the sauce to a couple tablespoons. It was really really good.

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 15, 2008

As the recipe stands, I did not enjoy it. But with one simple tweak it came alive: sea salt. Without the salt, the flavour is plain and hardly comes alive. But once I added salt to the mix, everything was jigging and jiving, and my tongue thanked me greatly! As it is being used on fatty cuts such as lamb, it will not leach out too much liquid. If salt had been added, I would have given this 4-5 stars. Cheers!


10 Ratings

Jan 01, 2009

Did not care for this spice rub at all. It left very little in the way of flavor. My grilled lamb chops with an acid based marinade have always turned out much better tasting. I wanted to try something new, but the chops were not good with this spice rub.

Oct 06, 2009

It's also great for pork loin roast! I make this up in bulk and keep it in a labeled airtight jar. I add 1 1/2 tsp salt and 3/4 tsp granulated garlic, and omit the curry (nobody here likes curry) Then I use about 2-3 Tablespoons of the mixture rubbed onto the fat side of the pork roast. When I remember to do it, I poke holes into the roast first, with a fork to let the flavor penetrate. Mmmm good!

Sep 25, 2007

This was pretty good, I made up a lot, so I would have more later. I used it this time on lamb chops that I grilled over wood coals. I also let the rub stay on the chops overnight before grilling. Very tasty.

Feb 04, 2012

This was very good. I did add some salt and pepper as suggested by some other reviewers and I feel it did bring out the flavor. I used a mild Jamaican curry. I love Cumin and you just can't go wrong with anything it goes in. :)

Nov 11, 2012

VERY good rub. We added sea salt as well and it was great.

Nov 14, 2011

This rub was great on the roast I made last night. I added a small amount of salt and fresh ground pepper to the rub, and it was delicious. I'll definitely be using this recipe again!


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  • Calories
  • 5 kcal
  • < 1%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 0.9 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 0.2 g
  • < 1%
  • Sodium
  • < 1 mg
  • < 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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