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Dessert Rub

Recipe from Steven Raichlen’s Barbecue Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades

I created this Dessert Rub for grilled peaches and it works equally well on grilled plums, bananas, pineapple, and apple (cut crosswise into ½-inch-thick slices). Turbinado sugar is a coarsely granulated, light brown cane sugar with crunchy crystals. If unavailable, use granulated sugar or demerara.

  • Yield: Makes 1 cup

  • 1 cup turbinado sugar, such as Sugar in the Raw
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Step 1: Place the sugar in a bowl and whisk in the cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves.

Step 2: Transfer to a jar, cover, and store away from heat and light.


This rub will keep for several weeks.

Brush any sliced juicy fruit with melted butter or coconut milk, then crust it generously with Dessert Rub. Grill over a hot fire. Use the rub on grilled half lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit to make an outrageous sangria. Sprinkle on slices of buttered pound cake and grill to make dessert “toast.”

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