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Monday, April 7, 2014

YEEHAW! It's a Buffalo Dry Rub

Soon we will become a dry and spicy buffalo rub.. soon...

So. Buffalo rub. Buffalo wings and buffalo things.

Since returning to the land of the carnivorous, I have discovered a deep affinity for buffalo wings. I know, you're all thinking 'duh, buffalo wings are the staple-est of pub food staples'. Well FINE. But I didn't have a buffalo wing until I was 26 years old. THEY'RE STILL NEW TO ME.

spicy spicy chili time!

The flavour of buffalo wings is probably one of the most beloved 'americana' flavours. It's in chip, it's in pizza, it's on salads, it's.... in a dry rub? Yes indeedy. There are a couple dry rub recipes floating around out there, most of them very similar. I have taken this classic dry rub and hacked it.

The secret? Nutritional yeast.

For buffalo wings/sauce - beyond the spicy, the richness and cream tang of the sauce is key. Dry rubs tend to exclude dairy and as such, lose that tangy tangy niceness.

Now nutritional yeast was not a kitchen must have for me until recently. I may have mentioned that my sister is living with us at the moment. As well as being a delight and a treasure, she's also a dirty rotten hippy and makes lots of things like faux sausages which are vegan bean-y type things which are actually super GD delicious. But she also buys things like kelp and vital wheat gluten and nutritional yeast and stocks them in my cupboards.

Nutritional yeast is certainly nutritional but it's not really yeast in the 'classic sense'. What I'm saying is - don't use it to try and bake any bread. It has no leavening abilities. What it does have is tons of B vitamins, selenium, zinc, and other goodies. It has a savoury, rich, umami taste and instantly adds depth and complexity to dishes. It's kind of a magic flavour powder.

So make this dry buffalo rub and rub it on things. All of the things.

1 tbsp dark brown sugar
1.5 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp smoked paprika
1/2 tbsp cumin
1.5 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp mustard powder
2 tbsp kosher salt ( or to taste)
1 tbsp black pepper

1.5 tbsp nutritional yeast - theoretically optional, but actually not really

other things you will need: 
measuring spoons
a dry frying pan to dry roast your spices (a must!)
a spice grinder to grind your spices (if you're not using peppercorns, you can simply mix them in a jar and shake to combine)

  1. Measure out your spices. Toast your chili powder, paprika, cumin, cayenne and black pepper in a dry frying pan until fragrant. Don't toast your nutritional yeast. Or your sugar. 
  2. Combine with remain ingredients and blend or shake to combine. 
Oh me? I'm just waiting for some crab cakes. 

1 comment:

  1. Mmmm. I'm liking this very much. Will try it out on real Buffalo "bits" this eve. BTW - ask your "dirty, hippy" sister what do I actually DO with a giant bag of HEMP HEARTS ???