A great seasoning if you like spicy but not too hot seasoning to use on beef, pork, chicken, or even fish. Make it up ahead and always have the taste of Memphis in your kitchen.
This recipe is from the famous Marlowe Restaurant in Memphis (on Elvis Presley Boulevard, of course) for their Black Magic Seasoning. If you watch a lot of Food Network, you have seen them. It is the mandatory stop in Memphis for ribs. I have cut the size down to home-friendly.
The recipes were given to Guy Fieri of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives by the restaurant. But the original rub recipe (apparently already cut down) produced 12 cups of seasoning.
A five rating - a very nice Memphis seasoning.
Not really "Cooking For Two" friendly nor home cooking friendly as originally published. So I cut them down.
I cut the recipe down by 1 teaspoon for each cup of recommended seasoning. A 1:48 reduction was making about 4 tablespoons. It is now home-friendly.
This will keep fresh in tightly closed containers for up to 6 months. You can go longer, but most of the flavor is lost after the bottle is opened, and by 9 to 12 months, it should be tossed.
It is better to be away from light and cooler but not the refrigerator where moisture could condense on the container during use and then damage the spices later. A full container is good, and a vacuum-sealed would be great.
Marlowe's Black Magic Seasoning
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon white pepper
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- Mix well.
- Store in an airtight container.
Your Own Private Notes
- This recipe has been cut down in size for home use. It is a 1 to 48 reduction. A cup of a spice became a teaspoon.
- Adjust to the amount you want.
- This will keep fresh in tightly closed containers for up to 6 months.
- It is better to be away from light and cooler but not the refrigerator.
To adjust the recipe size:
You may adjust the number of servings in this recipe card under servings. This does the math for the ingredients for you. BUT it does NOT adjust the text of the instructions. So you need to do that yourself.
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