Smoked Peppercorn Sage Rub
If iconic American actor James Garner was a spice blend, he’d be this one: Smoked Peppercorn Sage Blend.
But *which* iconic James Garner character would it be? The rough and tumble detective Jim Rockford? Handsome, clever, and smooth-talking Old West con man Brett Maverick? Perhaps Hendley, procurer of all things contraband in “The Great Escape”? Or, dare we say, King Marchand, the Chicago gangster who falls for Julie Andrews’ drag king in “Victor, Victoria”?
How about all of the above? Our new Smoked Peppercorn Sage Blend is a coarse, gritty rub that lends a delicious, masculine flavor to vegetables and stuffing, to slow-cooked meats and especially to barbecues. It’s a versatile spice blend that is strong without being overpowering: it can land a hard punch on a tough roast, or sweet-talk its way into a sophisticated poultry dish.
Salt, spices, paprika, minced onion, minced garlic make up this multi-purpose blend. It has grit from coarsely-ground peppercorns, and a heady aroma from garlic and sage that’ll make even the most picky dinner guest eager for supper to start.
Like Burgess Meredith getting Rocky ready for the big fight, you can rub Smoked Peppercorn Sage Blend into meats and poultry the night before the big cookout. Let it rest overnight, and it’ll be rarin’ to go when it’s time for the Main Event. Mix a little of this complex, flavorful blend with some oil (or better yet, some bourbon), and make a marinade fit for a heavyweight champion.
Smoked Peppercorn Sage Blend is the slow-cooked roast or poultry’s wing man, standing strong in the face of a long cooking time in the oven, the Crock Pot, or on the grill. It can team up with simple mashed potatoes, or take the lead in flavoring a team of roasted vegetables.