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.
Combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl.
Use or store.
Lasts 3 weeks, refrigerated - Makes about 6 cups.
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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