Beginner Recipe: Beef
Credit: Robin O'Neill Photography

Mays dreamt up this rub while working on Nevis, a Caribbean island known for sugar plantations and spicy food. Like most Caribbean rubs, it is time tested and based on New World ingredients. It is also a great recipe to use as a base if you want to build something hotter. Substitute strong peppers for the cayenne and add a bit more cinnamon if you want to be aggressive. And feel free to throw on a bit more salt if the rub isn't engaging your tongue enough.

Nevisian Sunset Rub


  • 1/2 cup granulated garlic
  • 1/2 cup granulated onion
  • 3/4 cup dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup ground coarse sea salt
  • 3/4 cup ground all-spice
  • 1/8 cup ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup ground coarse sugar cane
  • 1/2 cup ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup chili flake
  • 1/4 cup ground clove
  • 1/8 cup ground cumin