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Julia Childs salt & spice rub for pork

Updated: Apr 18, 2020

Julia Childs has a simply perfect salt marinade for pastured pork. It is our go-to time and time again for pork chops for its simplicity and how it elevates the already delicious flavor of Patience Farm pastured pork!


1 tsp salt, medium grain sea salt is great here

1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1/4 ground thyme or 1/2 tsp dry sage

1 small bay leaf (or 1/8 tsp ground bay leaf

1/8 tsp all spice

1 small garlic clove, smashed (optional)

1. Mix all of the ingredients together

2. Rub mixture on all sides of the piece of meat

3. Place in bowl, cover. Turn the meat 2-3 times if the marinade is a short one, several times if it is a longer duration.

4. Before cooking, rub off the marinade either with a clean paper towel or under cold running water. Thoroughly pat dry meat with paper towels.

Time Required for Marination of Pork - If the meat is refrigerated, increase the minimum marination time by at least one third. Chops and steaks a minimum of 2 hours, 6-12 are even better. Loin roasts a minimum of 6 hours, but 24 are recommended. Fresh hams and picnic shoulders a minimum of 2 days, but 4-5 are more effective.

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