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Dry Rub for Game Birds


This gives extra flavor to dove, quail, pheasant, wild turkey, and other fowl. Adjust ingredients to your own taste or to complement what you're cooking.


  • 2 tablespoons pickling spice, crushed in a mortarand pestle or spice mill
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely-ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons white pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 2 teaspoons powdered ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 6 to 8 juniper berries, crushed in a mortar and pestle or spice mill


  1. Stir all the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Store the rub in a tightly closed jar.

Makes about 1/2 cup.

It keeps indefinitely but loses its potency over time.


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