Certain spice blends create an irresistible twist on familiar flavors. Chef Morimoto's Sichuan Chile BBQ Rub is a standout barbecue seasoning, with nuance from tingly green Sichuan peppercorns and warm Gochugaru chiles. We’ve been reaching for this seasoning a lot lately, and are excited to share our cooking notes with you. If you have a favorite way to use this spice blend, tell us in the comments below.
An instant favorite for salmon, sprinkle it as a dry rub before roasting, sauteing, grilling, or smoking. For extra sweet and savory notes on any side of fish, brush the filet in a mixture of equal parts Dijon mustard and maple syrup before adding the rub. Don’t stop at salmon. Experiment by whisking this rub with a splash of orange juice and olive oil to create a marinade for shrimp, scallops, or tuna steaks.
Killer Chili Crisp
Chili crisp is doubly addictive when you add some Sichuan Chile BBQ Rub. It’s a perfect condiment for dressing up sides of veggies or drizzling over mountains of dumplings, noodles, or steamed rice. You can try adding some to your favorite chili crisp recipe, or try following ours below.
Rich Roasted Veggies
We challenge you to find a vegetable this spice rub doesn’t improve. Start with an easy win and try sweeter vegetables, such as carrots, sweet potatoes, or squash. The natural sweetness pairs well with the sweet, spicy, and savory flavors of the blend. Other favorites include grilled broccoli, zucchini, or cauliflower.
Spruce Up Your Barbecue Sauce
Homemade barbecue sauce is often ketchup that’s been spiced and spruced up with a few extra ingredients. Barbecue rubs are a natural choice for seasoning any sauce recipe. Try turning Sichuan Chile BBQ Rub into a barbecue sauce with soy sauce, honey, rice wine vinegar, tomato paste, and sesame oil. Check below for more tips on making homemade barbecue sauce.
Bacon, But Better
Pork is a favorite pairing for this blend–especially chops, ribs, and tenderloin. But, bacon? Even better! Many readers are familiar with the phenomenon that is bacon seasoned with Gateway to the North Maple Garlic Seasoning. A similar sensation occurs with our Sichuan Chile BBQ Rub. Follow the recipe below, but use Sichuan Chile BBQ Rub instead. This is perfect for a BLT, baked potatoes, or a bacon cheeseburger.