Sift all ingredients together. Store in an airtight container away from sunlight. To use, sprinkle ribs, brisket, or chicken as if you were putting on heavy salt and pepper.
From Smokestack Lightning: Adventures in the Heart of Barbecue Country by Lolis Eric Elie and Frank Stewart, Ten Speed Press 2005.
"The most delicious things that we make are often things that are grown in and around our world. It's not necessarily fancy or hard to get; it's just a question of sourcing it," says chef Mario Batali, co-author of America Farm to Table.