Aromatic Brisket Rub

Not all brisket rubs are created equally. This Aromatic Brisket Rub contains flavor combinations inspired by Indian and Middle Eastern cuisine. This recipe requires toasting the spices to release their flavorful qualities first then grinding them to your desired finish. I recommend a medium grind for brisket. 

You have the option to add brown sugar and red pepper flakes to this rub, but that decision is entirely up to you. This recipe yields enough aromatic brisket rub for one good-sized, full-packer brisket.

Aromatic Brisket Rub

Aromatic Brisket Rub Ingredients:

  • Coriander seeds
  • Cumin seeds
  • Fennel seeds
  • Espresso, fine ground
  • Sea salt
  • Brown sugar, optional
  • Cardamon pods
  • Onion powder
  • Granulated garlic
  • Paprika, not smoked
  • Dried parsley
  • Black peppercorns
  • Red pepper flakes, optional

How to Make This Aromatic Brisket Rub:

  • Toast the coriander, cumin, fennel, cardamom, and black peppercorns in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Move the seeds around the pan to prevent burning. Once the spices bloom and become fragrant, it’s time to halt the toasting process. 
  • Remove spices from heat and pour the toasted seeds onto a clean plate. Carefully spread them out and let them cool for 10 minutes.
  • Grind spices using a mortar and pestle or spice grinder to your preferred texture. You might need to work in batches to complete the job. I recommend a fine or a medium grind. Either one works!
  • Place ground spices into a bowl and stir in remaining ingredients. 
brisket slice
  • Use this rub right away on a beef brisket, or store in an airtight container in the cupboard for up to 10-12 months after preparation.
  • Discard any leftover rub that has come into contact with raw meat.
  • This aromatic brisket rub is also an excellent seasoning choice for other cuts of beef like tri-tip, prime rib, or tomahawk steaks.
Aromatic Brisket Rub

Aromatic Brisket Rub

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5 from 1 vote
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Course: Rubs
Cuisine: American BBQ
Keyword: brisket rub, spice rub
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coriander seeds
  • 1/4 cup cumin seeds
  • 1/4 cup fennel seeds
  • 1/4 cup espresso fine ground
  • 1/4 cup sea salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar optional
  • 2 tablespoons cardamon
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 2 tablespoons paprika not smoked
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon pepper flakes optional

Instructions

  • Toast coriander, cumin, fennel, cardamom, and black peppercorns In a large skillet over medium heat.
    Move the seeds around the pan to prevent burning. Once the spices bloom and become fragrant, it’s time to halt the toasting process.
    Remove from heat and pour the toasted seeds onto a clean plate. Carefully spread them out and let them cool for 10 minutes.
  • Grind spices using a mortar and pestle or spice grinder to your preferred texture. You might need to work in batches. I recommend a medium grind.
  • Place ground spices into a bowl and add remaining ingredients.
    Use rub right away or store in an airtight container in the cupboard for up to 12 months after preparation.
  • Discard any leftover rub that has come into contact with raw meat.
  • This rub is also an excellent seasoning choice for other cuts of beef like tri-tip, prime rib, or tomahawk steaks.
Aromatic Brisket Rub

One thought on “Aromatic Brisket Rub

  • April 12, 2020 at 10:37 am
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    5 stars
    I like seeing rub recipes and rubs that stand outside the typical BBQ box. Will gather and try the recipe here at the Owls Nest BBQ research facility!

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