Cajun spice

Cajun spice

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Ben's BBQ Bible
Makes
130 g
Photographer
Billy Law

Cajun food was the big thing when I was an apprentice chef in the late 1980s, and we used to make our own spice mixture. We’d mix it with flour to deep-fry squid, dredge fish fillets through it prior to pan-frying and rub it onto pork. I particularly like to use this recipe as a base to make a rub for pork ribs or pork belly. Mix three parts Cajun spice to one part sugar and one part salt, then rub it all over the meat.

When I’m making dried herbs, I like to pick or buy fresh herbs then tie them together at their stems and hang them up to dry. Once they are dry, place them in an airtight container and they will last for up to a month. It’s a great way to get the most out of your herbs.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
500ml sunflower oil
1 large onion, finely sliced
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon Celery salt
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon fennel seeds

Method

  1. Heat the oil in a wok. It needs to be hot! It should be about 150°C, or able to cook a slice of bread to a golden colour in 20 seconds.
  2. Cook the onion and garlic separately, moving them around constantly so they cook evenly. Remove them from the heat when they start to turn a light golden colour, and place them on paper towel to cool and drain. You’ll notice they will continue to colour.
  3. Place the cooled fried onion and garlic in a hand-held food processor, along with the remaining ingredients, and blitz to a rough powder.

Cajun rub

  • Add 1 tablespoon soft brown sugar or palm sugar and 1 tablespoon salt to 3 tablespoons Cajun spice. Rub into the meat you are using and allow to marinate. The length of marinating time depends on the size of the joint or meat to be cooked; steaks or pork fillets will need 10–15 minutes, ribs maybe 30 minutes, and a beef brisket will need to be marinated overnight.
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