buckytom's authentic turkish chicken and pork rub.
i made this tonight based on a recipe gleaned from several conversations with a neighbor from ankara, turkey.
it is intended to be used on large chunks of chicken breast to be skewered and grilled on high heat, but i used it on very low fat cubed pork loin and it turned out great.
for the rub:
into a mortar, put:
1/2 tsp mixed coloured peppercorns (black will suffice)
6 peppercorns of allspice
1/8 tsp of fennel seed
1/4 tsp of mustard seed
1/8 tsp of cumin seed
1/2 tsp of kosher or large grain sea salt
using a pestle, grind above ingredients into a powder, then add:
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
1/2 tsp ground garlic
1/2 tsp dried savory (or oregano)
1/2 tsp hungarian paprika
1/2 tsp onion powder
mix everything together well, then sprinkle gently onto 2" cubes, a pinch at a time, over a low fat meat such as chicken breast or pork loin. don't over do it as the rub will overtake the taste of delicate meat like chicken breast or pork loin.
since the meat intended for this is lean, be sure to cut the cubes large so that that they don't dry out before they attain a decent grilled crust.
skewer and grill over high heat for 4 minutes, flip, grill 4 minutes more, turn and grill another minute, flip, then grill a final minute.
serve with grilled sweet onions, rice, and warmed pitas.