Summer is finally here, and with it comes the promise of sunshine, much-deserved vacations, and weekends spent barbecuing with friends and family. So how can you incorporate your favorite loose-leaf teas from Dollar Tea Club into your Summer barbecue dishes? Try these tea based Barbecue Rubs for a unique, delicious dinner.
With Canada Day and July 4th just around the corner, now is the perfect time to learn how to make a delicious barbecue rub well-suited for nights spent grilling with friends and family this Summer.
You might be thinking, “Barbeque rub? With loose-leaf tea?” We promise it’s not as crazy as it sounds! Loose-leaf tea is a great way to add extra smokiness and flavor to your meat (and a fun way to make use any extra tea you have lying around)!
Earl Grey Steak Barbecue Rub
This recipe, which you can create using Earl Grey from Dollar Tea Club, is simple and easy to throw together using the following ingredients:
- 2 tsp of Earl Grey tea leaves
- 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
- 1 tsp dried tarragon
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- ½ tsp dried thyme
- 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Simply grind all of the spices together until they are finely ground; then, add the oil and create a paste to brush onto beef or chicken. Let the meat sit for about 15-30 minutes before you grill to let the flavor marinate prior to grilling your meat to perfection! This recipe pairs nicely with a glass of iced tea you can make using our Raspberry Lemonade blend. Who knew earl grey based barbecue rubs would be the life of the party?
Green Tea Meat Rub
Don’t have any black tea lying around? This recipe is perfect for all the green tea drinkers out there! It’s also versatile and can be used on steak, pork loin, shrimp, salmon, chicken, or even tofu for those who love a good barbecue but do not eat meat.
All you need are the following:
- ¼ cup of Sencha Organic green tea leaves
- ½ tsp of ground cumin
- ¼ tsp of ground pepper
- ¾ tsp of kosher or sea salt
- 2 tsp of brown sugar
- ½ tsp of chipotle powder
- Olive oil
Mix your ingredients together using either a food processor or a mortar and pestle (if you have one) until they are finely ground. Brush your meat or tofu with olive oil and massage your food items with your green tea rub! Let the meat sit for 30-60 minutes before grilling as per your usual grilling methods. Enjoy a refreshing glass of iced tea using Tropical Mango.
Basic Tea Based Barbecue Rubs
For those who are creative and want to add their own flair to a basic recipe, this rub for you. Start with your three basic ingredients:
2 tbsps of green or black tea
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
This is all you need to create a delicious tea base for your own rub recipe! Add in your favorite spices and use your preferred tea blend from Dollar Tea Club for a delicious yet simple barbecue rubs you’ll use all Summer long. Keep in mind that green tea is ideal for white meats and fish whereas black tea is best for red meat.
You can use premium loose-leaf tea in a variety of ways this Summer, so why not use it around the grill? Incorporate your favorite premium blends into your morning cup of tea, your refreshing afternoon iced tea, and your dinner dishes for a day full of deliciousness. If you decide to create your own barbecue rubs recipe, share it with us on social media so we can give yours a try! We would love to see how you’re using Dollar Tea Club blends all Summer long.