• 8 Tbs. Salt
  • 5 1/2 Tbs. Garlic Powder
  • 4 Tbs. Sugar
  • 4 Tbs. Cayenne Pepper
  • 2 Tbs. Thyme
  • 2 Tbs. Black Pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tbs. Allspice
  • 1 Tbs. Chipotle Chili Powder
  • 1 Tbs. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tbs. Ground Cloves

I love Jamaican food, but I especially love Jerk Chicken. What I don’t love is going to the scary part of town to get my favorite Jerk Chicken in Houston, so I came up with a way to avoid that. I just make it myself.

This is a super easy recipe, and you probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry already. It’s just a matter of mixing together 10 different ground spices and seasonings.

Mix everything together in an air-tight container, shake well and store. You’re done. Seriously, that is all you have to do.

It may not seem like a lot when you look at the list, but this makes a lot of dry rub. The first time I made this, it lasted for almost 6 months before I ran out, and I used it quite a bit. If you don’t want to make as much the first time, convert everything to teaspoons and try it out, but I know you’ll love it.

This is a really spicy rub, and if you want something with less kick, cut down on the amount of cayenne and black pepper you add. Even though it seems like a lot of salt, it really helps bring out all the flavors, and the sugar adds a nice caramelization on the meat when it cooks. Everything about this is really perfect.

In the picture above, this was used on some chicken breasts that had been placed in the smoker for about 5 hours, but you can use it on the grill, the oven or a frying pan.

While my favorite use for this is chicken, it works really well on grilled fish or an oven-roasted pork loin.

Try it out and let me know in the comments your favorite way to use this.