This is basically a garlic salt with a really wonderful deep, smokey
flavour because of the chiles. The best garlic salt you've ever tasted!
Makes a great rub for most meat, especially pork, beef and chicken.
Use it in place of salt and add it to rice, beans, even mashed potatoes.
Sprinkle some on corn on the cob and a squeeze of lime - to die for!
Toasting dry herbs brings out their flavour! Simply heat
a small skillet on medium-low and add your herbs, shaking the pan
to prevent overbrowning. They'll give off a wonderful perfume as they
toast. After a minute or two take them off the heat and transfer them
to a plate to cool. Grind them further if needed and they're ready
to use! For the optimum flavour, only toast what you need at the time
Note: It is highly recommend you wear rubber gloves while
handling the chiles, they will irritate and burn your fingers.
5 chipotle chiles
2 ancho chiles
3 arbol chiles
3 guajillo chiles
25-30 cloves garlic peeled
¼ cup dried mexican oregano leaves, toasted
1 ½ cups kosher salt
½ cup canola or corn oil
oven at lowest setting (around 150-170°). Heat the oil in a small
skillet to medium high heat, if it smokes it's too hot. Take one or
two chiles and fry them in the oil for about ten seconds, turning
frequently, until puffed and slightly browned. They can burn really
fast which makes them taste bitter so be sure to watch them. It's
better to be under-toasted than burned! Set them aside on a paper
towel to drain and cool. Repeat this step with the rest of the chiles
adjusting the oil tempurature if necessary. (save the oil! It's great
for cooking with added flavour of the chiles.)
When cooled, slice down the center with a small knife and remove the
seeds and stem. Take all your chiles and whiz them in a food processor
or preferably and old coffee grinder until finely ground. Then add
in all the remaining ingredients and process until you have a fine
crumbly mixture. Spread the entire mixture evenly on a jellyroll pan
and let it dry in the preheated oven for 2-3 hours or until it feels
fairly dry. At this point whiz them one more time in the processor
to break up any hard bits. Store the rub in a lidded glass jar away
from heat and it will keep for at least a year, but we're sure you'll
use it up by then! Makes about 2 ½ cups.