I am back with some new recipes to get you through the week if not the month. This month I am centering my attention on rubs for meat. Rubs are simple and add a variety of tastes which take plain old chicken and grass fed steak to a whole other level. These rubs can be applied right before cooking or can actually be done ahead of time. It was common practice in the days of Columbus and beyond to season meats with salt and other spices for the purpose of preservation. Like anything, the longer the spices stayed on the meat the more infused the meat became with the flavor of the spices. I like to shop at the end of the week, rub all of my meats for the week, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap, and then leave them for 24 to 48 hours. This simple trick helps me get lunches and dinners prepared in the fastest time possible. I hope you will enjoy these two very simple and distinctive rubs.

The Coffee Rub.

This rub is for red meat and can be used on any cut. I have personally used this rub on Flank Steak, Sirloin Steak, and New York Strip. What I like about this recipe is that it can be done on the stove or on the grill. Here is what you do. Combine all of the ingredients listed below, rub on your meat, and then cook your meat to your desired doneness. Yes, it is that simple.

Here's what you need:

1 1/4lb Steak (Flank, Sirloin, New York Strip) (I like the Flank and Sirloin the Best!)

1 1/2 TSp Ancho Chili or Chili Powder

1 1/2 Tsp Fine Ground Espresso Coffee (I use Ferrara Instant Espresso which is available at Whole Foods in the Coffee Section)

1/2 Tsp Brown Sugar

1/4 Tsp Dry Mustard

1/4 Tsp Ground Coriander

1/4 Tsp Sea Salt

1/4 Tsp Fresh Ground Pepper

Cinnamon and Sage Rub (best used on chicken drumsticks)

This is another rub and recipe I found on the Civilized Cavman site that I shared with you last month.

You will need:

6 Chicken Drumsticks

2 Tbsp Grass Fed Butter (melted)

1-2 Tbsp Sage (Cheapest at Trader Joe's in the Fresh Produce Section)

1 Tbsp Cinnamon

These are simple rubs that I use often and I have tried with family and friends. I hope you find as much enjoyment in them as I have and will this week.

Train Harder and Eat Well!