Smoked Tea Rub


Tea when added to a seasoning rub provides an aromatic flavor to a wide range of dishes.

In this country if you’re serious about backyard grilling and smoking you’ve probably experimented with several different types of wood and you know that each imparts its own subtle flavor complexities to meat and vegetables. In the past 5 years home and professional chefs have also become fascinated with using a variety of smoked salts, peppers, chiles and spices to add sophisticated flavor to their dishes as well. You might be surprised at how amazing the flavor can be when a smoked tea is added to a rub.

Using Tea in Cooking:

In this country we’ve slowly gained knowledge over the past 50 years or so on how different growing regions can affect the flavor of wine. Tea is no different and different areas produce different flavored teas. Tea has evolved over the centuries, especially in China and Japan, where local teas have been used in specific dishes which become ingrained in the local cuisine. Cooking with tea is a natural extension for us in this country and adds new aromas as well enhancing the dishes flavors. Tea also compliments most ingredients and spices. Think of using tea in a rub more like adding a dried herb.

About the Tea:

The tea we chose for this rub is Lapsang Souchong. This brash, aromatic, strongly flavored black tea gets its character from real smoke. While most teas go through a natural drying process (i.e. laid out to air dry), Lapsang Souchong is essentially force dried by wood fire. During this “campfire” process its the leaves are withered over pine wood or sometimes cypress wood before pan-firing and rolling. The tea leaves are then expertly stored to allow them to ferment. After fermentation they are fired again. The end result is more smoky than woody.  

Try it with:

Pork Loin, Lamb, Ribs, Chicken, Steak, Fish (meaty), Vegetables & Wild Game. Use 1 tablespoon of Smoked Tea Rub per 1-2 lbs of meat.

Flavor Profile:

A rich deep sweetness with strong but not overpowering smokiness and subtle herby notes. Low salt seasoning blend, which allows for stronger flavor while giving you the freedom to use your salt of choice!

All our RUBZ come in attractive and convenient 4" x 6.5"  resealable rice paper pouches.  

As always N.W. SALTZ does not use any anti caking agents, synthetic or organic!

Granulated molasses, sea salt, Lapsong Souchong tea, demerara sugar, sesame seeds, paprika, garlic, black pepper, fennel, rosemary and marjoram.