Ming says: I've always been fascinated by the use of tea in cooking. Among tea dishes, tea-smoked duck is probably the most ubiquitous, but there's also green tea-flavored ice cream and pound cake. As part of a seasoning rub, tea adds aromatic flavor to a range of dishes. To compose this example, I started with lapsang souchong tea, revered for its smoky, tobacco-like depths, then added spices, including three kinds of pepper, to complement it. The result is a standout rub you'll use often.
You can use this rub as you would any other: to season chicken, salmon, hamburger, turkey, and more. Sprinkle the rub on vegetables before grilling them. Use the rub to season meatloaf. Sprinkle the rub over the loaf before baking.