A spicy dry rub for roasts includes pepper, paprika, salt and cayenne pepper. These spices work well with herbs like sage or dill, or more robust spices like cumin or onion powder. To sweeten a spicy rub, cooks can add a bit of brown sugar or honey.
Dry rubs are a quick way to add flavor to cuts of meat that would otherwise need to be marinated for the best flavor. There are no limits to the flavors that can be combined in a dry rub, but all dry rubs do include salt and pepper as the base ingredients. Dry rubs work well on pork roasts, beef roasts, fish fillets and chicken breasts.