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Five-Spice Chile Tea Rub

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.


  • 3 cups lapsang souchong tea leaves

  • 0.5 cup sea salt or Kosher salt

  • 0.5 cup red pepper

  • 0.5 cup chipotle Chilli powder

  • 0.5 cup Garlic powder not garlic salt

  • 0.25 cup Cayenne pepper

  • 0.5 cup dried chives or Onion

  • 0.25 cup Five-spice powder


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    Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl.

  • 2.

    Use or store.

  • 3.

    Lasts 3 weeks, refrigerated - Makes about 6 cups.


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.

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