Fresh Herbs and citrus zest

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by hurriken, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. hurriken

    hurriken Smoke Blower

    I was wondering if any of you have tried a rub that uses fresh herbs or citrus zest? I have an herb garden and I roasted a turkey breast on my Weber using fresh sage and lemon zest. I have used that recipe over and over again and would like to try something new. Any recipes or ideas would be appreciated.
  2. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I made orange sugar for a rub once.

    1/2 cup of turbinado sugar

    1 TBS orange zest

    combine and let sit for 24 hrs in a sealed container.

    For chicken I think I would add-

    2 teaspoons garlic granules

    1 teaspoon 5 spice powder

    1 teaspoon black pepper

    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, if you like salt

    Maybe an orange honey glaze to finish.
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That sounds pretty good Cliff!
  4. hurriken

    hurriken Smoke Blower

    That would work very nicely on a pork roast! Thanks.I have not tried 5 spice, do you make that or buy it?
  5. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I buy Frontier brand spices at a local boutique grocery, here's a link for it on Frontier's website, looks like it is being discontinued. I have seen 5 spice powder at WalMart but the brand they carry used different spices in the mix. I may have to look into making it myself.
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2011
  6. hurriken

    hurriken Smoke Blower

    I'm attempting this Orange sugar on a pork roast tomorrow. I couldn't find turbinado sugar but I admit I didn't look that hard. I'm using brown sugar instead. I will add my spices tomorrow and let you know how that goes.

    My wife and I are sitting here laughing because I have tried so many different rubs I can't remember which are my favorite recipes!
  7. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've added fresh grated ginger to my rub with good results. Only problem is that it's not really practical to store it due to the moisture content. I tend to make rub each time I smoke though, so it's not been a problem. I'd guess fresh herbs and citrus zest would have less moisture though.
  8. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    OOPS! Took me awhile before I figured I'd better write them down.
  9. hurriken

    hurriken Smoke Blower

    Ok, this stuff is amazing. My wife said the orange sugar smells like Christmas! I have two 5+lb pork loin roasts that I'm going to put on my Weber Kettle on indirect heat.

    Roast 1:

    3TBLS Orange sugar

    1TBLS Fresh sage Minced

    2 Tsp Fresh Rosemary minced

    1 Tsp Kosher Salt

    1/2 Tsp Pepper

    1Tsp Garlic Powder

    Roast 2:

    3 TBLS Orange Sugar

    1 Tsp Kosher Salt

    1/2 Tsp Pepper

    After about an hour I'm going to apply a glaze.

    2 TBLS Apricot Preserves

    2 TBLS Dijon Mustard

    1Tsp Fresh Rosemary Minced

    ~1 TSP EVOO

    1 Clove Garlic

    1/4 Tsp Dried Pepper mix from my neighbor (normally I would have used cayenne)

    I brought this to a boil and then simmered it for 5 minutes.

    I read that Rosemary brings out sweetness in recipes. I'll let you know what happens.
  10. hurriken

    hurriken Smoke Blower

    Both roasts were a hit. The glazed roast was the favorite though. At first I was asked why I would put jam on meat, then they tasted it. By the end my guests were slicing the bark off! The sage roast was very good but out-shined by the other. The Orange sugar is a keeper.

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