Alice Orr: Two Generations of Spicy Rubbing

Hey, y’all. Please welcome Alice Orr back to the blog!  I know how you all like the spice, and Alice has just the thing for your summer barbecues!

Make your own spice rub with these ingredients - recipe by Alice OrrAlice:

Even though I write Romantic Suspense novels, this isn’t a post about love scenes.  The rubbing reference has to do with cooking. Specifically, dry rubbing. Okay. Simmer down. I can hear your smirks all the way over here.

I use dry rubs a lot. I like to apply them early in the day and let them sink in deep. I said, “Simmer down, and I mean it!” All right. Let’s start again.

The following two recipes are from myself and my daughter. She’s more to the point and calls hers an All-Purpose Rub because it can be used many more ways than just to season a cut of meat for barbecue or roasting. I use mine whenever I want to add a little pizazz to something. I heard that snigger in the corner by the way.

I add my rub to salad dressings, sauces, egg dishes, casseroles and definitely soups. Also to anything that tends toward blandness, like certain fish fillets or almost any cut of pork. Even meatloaf benefits from a teaspoon or tablespoon sprinkled in, to your particular taste.

Be creative to suit your palate and your family’s tummies. For example, my ingredient combo is less spicy than my daughter’s, and she toned hers down for my husband. She prefers dishes that have “Diablo” in the title. Not me. Each recipe makes approximately a cup and a half of rub.

So, add or subtract at will and definitely experiment, as long as all of the additions are dry, not moist or liquid. Which I know has a naughty connotation too. I write in a naughty genre after all.

Alice’s Herb-Spice Rub


¼ cup Paprika

2 Tbsp. Chili Powder

2 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

1 Tbsp. Lite Salt

1 to 2 Tbsp. Garlic Powder

1 to 2 Tbsp. Onion Powder

2 to 3 Tbsp. Dried Basil

2 to 3 Tbsp. Dried Parsley

1 Tbsp. Cilantro – optional


Kathleen’s Nine-Spice All-Purpose Rub (for Jonathan)


1/3 cup Coarse Salt

¼ cup Brown Sugar, dry

¼ cup Paprika

2 Tbsp. Ground Black Pepper

2 Tbsp. Dried Oregano

2 Tbsp. Dried Thyme

1 Tbsp. Dried Parsley

1 Tbsp. Chili Powder

1 tsp. Garlic Powder



Whisk all ingredients thoroughly together in a bowl.

Store in a tightly sealed jar


And please think about that naughty nature of yours. Maybe you should consider nurturing it further by reading A Villain for Vanessa – Riverton Road Romantic Suspense Book 4.


A Villain for Vanessa by Alice Orr - Romance NovelA Villain for Vanessa by Alice Orr

A story of tangled roots and tormented love.                                 

Two families are shaken to their roots. Vanessa Westerlo must find her roots. Bobby Rizzo is torn between Vanessa and his true roots. They are all tormented by love – past and too present. Meanwhile a man has been murdered. And that is the most tormented tangle of all.


Alice Orr is known for Delicious Suspense spiced with Romance.

She does it again in A Villain for Vanessa.


A Villain for Vanessa is Book 4 of the Riverton Road Romantic Suspense series set in remote Riverton, New York. This story features the Kalli family and the fortunate people who find safety and welcome at the Kalli homestead on Riverton Road. A Wrong Way Home is Book 1 of the series and A Year of Summer Shadows is Book 2. A Vacancy at the Inn is Book 3 and introduces the Miller family of Riverton Road Hill.

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Author Alice OrrAbout Alice Orr

“Alice Orr is a brilliant writer who has a number one best seller in her pocket,” says one Amazon reviewer. Alice loves to write. Especially romantic suspense novels and blog posts. She’s been a workshop leader, book editor and literary agent. Now she lives her dream of writing full-time. So far she’s published fifteen novels, three novellas and a memoir – either traditionally or independently. Alice wrote her nonfiction book, No More Rejections: 50 Secrets to Writing a Manuscript that Sells, as a gift to the writers’ community. A revised edition is now in progress. Amazon says, “This book has it all.” And calls her novels, “Delicious well written suspense spiced with a love story.” Most of all, Alice is thrilled to hear from readers. Visit her at her website Alice has two grown children and two perfect grandchildren and lives with her husband Jonathan in New York City.

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2 Responses to Alice Orr: Two Generations of Spicy Rubbing

  1. H.B.

    Thank you for sharing those two spice rub recipes. They sound fantastic. I don’t so much cooking but I can imagine all the type of recipes I could use these in.

    • Hi H.B. I love imagining things I might cook too. I cut recipes out of magazines and plan to duplicate the lovely photographs but seldom do. Still my personal favorite recipes each get a repeated workout. My family insists on it. Alice