Pork Rubs


pork rub

The bulk of our meat comes from farmers we know, raised humanely, less than an hour from our house. I typically make two trips a year, in the spring and fall, to pick up eight whole chickens or a processed half-a-hog. Which means that I have to get creative in my meat cooking. I rarely have on hand “boneless, skinless chicken breasts” or a quick-dinner pork loin. What I have a lot of are two-inch thick ham steaks. And the way we’ve come to love eating them is slathered in a rub and grilled over a wood fire. Below find our two favorite rubs of the moment.

Santa Maria Rub

  • 2 Tbsp. finely ground coffee
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. coarse sea salt
  • 1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon

Stir together ingredients and store in an air-tight container.

Spicy Pork Rub

  • 2 Tbsp. ground paprika
  • 2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. fine sea salt
  • 1 Tbsp. dried thyme
  • 1 Tbsp. dried rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp. dried oregano

Stir together ingredients and store in an air-tight container.


Published by christinanifong

A writer of stories. About kale and turnips. Seeds and dirt. And, you know, life. Find essays, recipes and writing samples at christinanifong.com