Mar 26 10
by cara
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Houston Fire Station #17 Rub

This recipe comes straight from the winners of the Firehouse Grill-Off at the recent Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.  The World Championship Bar-B-Que Contest (aka “The Cookofff”….I don’t know anyone who calls it the “Bar-B-Que Contest”) is always a big event, and apparently the firefighters of Houston get in on the action, too with their own cook-off.  The Firehouse Grill-Off was sponsored by the Texas Beef Council, so obviously this rub was originally intended for steak.  I used it on pork chops, but I think it would also be fantastic on pork tenderloin, chicken, and definitely steaks.  This recipe makes a LOT of rub, enough rub to coat 10 strip steaks.  I quartered the recipe and still had more than enough for my 4 thin bone-in pork chops.

Houston Fire Station #17 Rub

Houston Fire Station #17 Rub

from The Houston Chronicle, Flavor Section, March 17, 2010


  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons dried minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons dried onion
  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons coarse black pepper (I might use less next time)
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (I might use less next time)
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin

Combine all ingredients.  Store rub in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.

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