Saturday, December 10, 2016


We had a friend who ran a little food storage business out of his house. One of his items was a delicious spice mixture we lovingly called "Chuck's Sauce." It wasn't a sauce at all, but we put it on everything. It was the ketchup of it's day, transforming mere hamburgers and pieces of chicken into food kids would actually look forward to. 
Chuck introduced us to it, and kept us supplied for many years, until he became ill and passed away. 
I've tried for 15 years to replicate that delicious mix of spices, but everything was either too sweet or too spicy or too salty. I felt like hard-to-please Goldilocks. Well, not anymore.
Today I think I got it. 
Just in case you're planning on broiling or bbq-ing something over the holiday, here it is. I'm roasting some ribs, and with this culinary victory, my expectations are high, and my food-joy is complete. 
Here's the recipe for "Chuck's Sauce": Merry Christmas!

1/2 cup brown sugar,
1/2 cup paprika,
1 tablespoon black pepper,
4 teaspoons salt,
1 tablespoon chili powder,
1 tablespoon garlic powder,
4 teaspoons onion powder,
1/2 teaspoon cumin,
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper.

Mix together and rub over meat of your choice. Store in a tightly sealed container in the freezer.

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