“The best all-purpose BBQ rub for Father’s Day” is not a title to be taken lightly. Ask anyone who considers themselves a Grill Master, and they’ll tell you they’ve got the best recipe in town. A recipe honed through years of trial and error. A recipe that stands up to the greatest barbecue rubs in culinary history.
But they’d be wrong, because we’ve got the best all-purpose BBQ rub 🙂
Alright, we’ll stop bragging and start proving ourselves. This is a recipe created and fine-tuned by our own John Taylor, Marketing Manager for Cultivar Wine and Caspar Estate. A grill enthusiast since his formative years, John was big on store-bought marinades before until he caught an episode of Chef Bobby Flay’s first TV show, Grillin’ & Chillin. In the episode, Chef Flay explained how a dry rub flavors without tenderizing. This is especially important when smoking or grilling.
The soon-to-be Celebrity Chef recommended a few spices to get started, and using this as a base, John began experimenting with his own recipe.
Ingredients For The Best All-Purpose BBQ Rub
A dry rub is any combination of spices, salt and sugar used to season meat prior to cooking. Unlike seasonings, rubs are almost never added after cooking. Done properly, a dry rub can also be an alternative to a wet brine.
To create the best all-purpose BBQ rub for Father’s Day, you’ll need the following:
- 4 tbsp. Salt
- 4 tbsp. Pepper
- 4 tbsp. Smoked Paprika
- 4 tbsp. Chili Powder
- 3 tbsp. Brown Sugar
- 3 tbsp. Onion Powder
- 3 tbsp. Garlic Powder
- 3 tbsp. Lemon Pepper
- 2 tbsp. Ground Cumin
- 2 tbsp. Ground Coriander
- 1/2 tsp. Red Pepper Flakes
Combine all ingredients in a Mason jar or other airtight container and blend thoroughly. Store in a cool, dry place.
Using Your All-Purpose Dry Rub
As the name indicates, this is an excellent all-purpose rub: use it on steaks, pork loin, brisket, fish, or chicken. The salt & brown sugar can act as a dry brine, so we recommend applying it to your meat two hours ahead of grill time.
That said, you can use this rub right before you place your meat on the grill, or even as long as 8 hours before grilling or smoking. If you want to season your meat for longer than 2 hours, store the seasoned meat in the refrigerator. Then, take it out about an hour before placing it on the grill to return the meat to room temperature.
Of course, there’s one more necessary ingredient: the wine! Nothing goes with steaks quite like a Cultivar Cabernet Sauvignon. We have varietals from Coombsville, Oakville, and other Napa appellations that will be the highlight of our party. If you’re putting pork, lamb, or burgers on the grill, try a Cultivar Pinot Noir. Cultivar features Pinots from Sonoma Coast, Russian River, Alexander Valley, and other premiere Pinot Noir regions.
And if you’re looking for the perfect Father’s Day present for your grilling dad, try our “Father’s Day Cabernet” gift set. A bottle each of our 2019 Cultivar “Gold Label” Cabernet Sauvignon, North Coast, and our 2017 Cultivar Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, in a beautiful Cultivar gift box. Specially priced at $75 for Father’s Day!
Earth Day is a time to celebrate the planet we call home. Established on April 22nd, 1970, Earth Day marks the beginning of the modern environmental movement.
At Caspar Estate, sustainable, earth-friendly, certified organic farming practices are paramount. We preserve, protect, and maintain our plant resources for the ecological value of future generations. As we like to say, take care of the planet, and it will take care of us.
Being organic, we produce our own compost for our vegetation. What we don’t make ourselves, we supplement with an organic fish fertilizer emulsion.
Creating A Sanctuary For Earth Day And Beyond
Natural inhabitants of the land also participate in what we grow. We built perches for Barn Owls and predatory birds to assist us in rodent control. We also provide a hospitable environment for helpful insects. In addition, we plant crop cover for nitrogen and soil erosion control. When it’s time to remove the crop cover, we utilize a natural burn process that rejuvenates the soil.
Our small producer approach, combined with our organic and sustainable farming, produces award-winning results. The vegetables we grow are used daily at our farm-to-table restaurant, Cultivar SF. Our produce includes tomatoes, squash, peppers, olives, and a variety of herbs.
Sustainability Means Solar Power
In addition, we’ve also installed what we like to refer to as “The Solar Grove.” These solar panels provide clean, reliable, and renewable power to our property. During the hot summer months, we can also generate enough power to return energy back to the grid.
Terroir-Driven Winemaking Starts With Organic Farming
For winemaker Julien Fayard, our certified organic vineyard was a compelling reason to head our winemaking team. It’s no surprise that for a vintner attuned to the aspects of winemaking driven by nature, the process for Julien starts in the vineyard. The cellar work of fermentation and aging are, as he describes them, “big steps that have to be done right.” But they’re steps preceded by everything that happens at the all-important vineyard level. Out among the vines is, to Julien, where the essence of winemaking takes place.
“I like to put a little more focus on the decisions made ahead of what happens in the cellar,” he says of his winemaking approach. “It’s almost like what people picture as the central pieces of winemaking—fermentation and aging—are a consequence of the farming decisions.”
Earth Day is a great time to think about your own impact on the planet. What kind of environment do you want to pass down to future generations? Remember, you can make a huge difference simply by supporting small, organic farms and encouraging sustainability!
In Napa Valley, the best springtime wines are typically released just as the first blooms are beginning to appear. For Cultivar Wine and Caspar Estate, it’s no different. We like to release our fresh, bright Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé just as the days begin to warm. This year, we have some amazing springtime wines ready to release, and we thought we’d give you a sneak peak of what we have in store.
2021 Caspar Estate Sauvignon Blanc: A Springtime Tradition
The fourth release of our Estate Sauvignon Blanc showcases a wine that’s truly developed its own unique style and character. Shining from the glass with a pale straw color, our Estate Sauvignon Blanc reveals tropical notes that mingle with dried apricot, starfruit, and the signature minerality that comes from our hillside vineyard.
The complexity of the flavor profile is gorgeous. Grapefruit, banana, passion fruit, and a Crème Brûlée quality comes from extended time on the lees. Steel tank fermentation and just a touch of oak round out the finish with lemongrass and savory notes of Herbs de Provence. It’s smooth and light, but with bold acidity.
Enjoy it with ceviche, endive salad with shrimp, or lobster pasta.
Our 2021 Caspar Estate Sauvignon Blanc will be released to our allocation members in early April.
Rosé Season Is A Highlight For Springtime Wines
One of the best springtime wines is Rosé – though it’s quickly becoming a year-round wine.
We’re simply in love with the color and the flavor profile of our new 2021 Cultivar Rosé. A pale, pink glow shines from the glass, underlying the delicate varietals we used to create this wine. On the nose, our Rosé bursts with floral notes of honeysuckle, jasmine, lilies, and of course, roses. Crisp flavors of mandarin orange, Meyer lemon, and muddled strawberries greet the palate, with subtle, underlying notes of red licorice and Madagascar vanilla. Stainless steel fermentation highlights a light, clean finish with bright acid, making this wine perfect for both poolside sipping and picnics in the park.
Winemaker Julien Fayard has brought a Provencal flair to this incredible blend of southern Rhone varietals. For this vintage, we sourced 71% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 4% Cinsault Noir from the unique terroir of the Sierra Foothills in California. Rosé is one of the most food-friendly wines you can find, so pair this with everything from seared scallops to grilled pork chops.
The best way to get these wines is to join the Cultivar Wine Club. Wine Club members get the first allocation of all new releases, plus 20% off the regular price. There are other terrific perks to being a club member, so join up today!
Here’s to spring, and all the delicious wines that pair with it!
Stay at home and create a very special Valentine’s Day this year. Grab a couple of bottles of Cultivar Wine – like our 2018 Oakville Cabernet Sauvignon or the 2019 North Coast “Gold Label” Cabernet and try making a romantic dinner at home featuring Beef Bourguignon with your partner.
Beef Bourguignon, or Boeuf Bourguignon, was first popularized by Julia Child. It’s a beef stew with braised onions and sautéed mushrooms in a dark red wine sauce. Unlike Julia Child’s traditional recipe, with a couple of ingredient substitutions, you can easily elevate the dish without sacrificing any flavor and even sit down to eat in about an hour. The other plus of this Beef Bourguignon recipe? You only use a 1/2 cup of wine instead of an entire bottle.
The key to this Beef Bourguignon meal is the cut of beef you choose. The traditional recipe calls for Chuck Roast, which requires a long braising time before it becomes melt-in-your-mouth tender. This recipe starts with a tender cut of beef, like beef tenderloin, top sirloin, or strip steak. If you don’t have one of these cuts, this recipe won’t work.
Kitchen Prep for Your Romantic Dinner
A romantic dinner at home calls for a stress-free experience, so you’ll want to do the following before you start cooking:
- Open your bottles of Cultivar Wine Cabernet Sauvignon to breathe.
- Read through the recipe in its entirety.
- Grab any pots, pans, and anything else the recipe calls for.
- Assemble all of your ingredients.
- Pour yourself a glass of wine and have some.
- Prepare and measure out all of your ingredients.
- Re-read the recipe in its entirety.
- Have some more wine.
- One to two chef’s knives
- Wooden spoon
- Two 1- or 2-cup measuring cups
- Medium-to-large pot
- Sheet pan
- Parchment paper or Silpat baking mat
- Two timers
- 3-quart saucepan
- Potato masher
Ingredients (makes 2 servings)
- 10-12 ounces beef tenderloin, top sirloin, or strip steak
- 1 teaspoon Better than Bouillon beef base
- 1/2 cup warm water
- 1 teaspoon flour
- 1 Tablespoon cold water
- 1 pound German butterball potatoes, quartered
- 1 pound Brussels sprouts, halved or a bunch of carrots, halved lengthwise
- 2 Tablespoons plus 1/3 cup olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons salted butter or bacon grease
- 2 bacon slices, diced
- 8 ounces crimini mushrooms, sliced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
- 1/2 cup Cultivar Wine Cabernet Sauvignon
- 1/2 cup pearl onions or shallots
- 2 sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves removed from the stems, and chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon plus 1/4 teaspoon plus 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon plus freshly ground black pepper to taste
- Fresh parsley for garnish
Instructions (total time: 60 minutes)
NOTE: These instructions assume that two people will be cooking together. If you’re making this meal by yourself, don’t start cooking your bacon and red wine sauce, until you’ve pulled your potatoes from the heat.
You’ll spend about 15 minutes preparing to cook and then about 35 minutes making Beef Bourguignon and your side dishes–olive oil mashed potatoes and roasted Brussels sprouts or carrots. Don’t get scared off by 24 steps. We wanted to highlight anything that might get missed or forgotten in more generalized steps. For example, if you don’t mix flour with cold water you can end up with lumps in your sauce.
- Take your beef out of the refrigerator, and bring to room temperature.
- If you haven’t prepared your ingredients, do so now. Quarter your potatoes. Halve your Brussels sprouts (or carrots). Mince your garlic. Slice your mushrooms. Dice your bacon. And chop your thyme. Depending on your knife skills and those of your partner’s, your mise en place could take about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Mix 1 teaspoon Better than Bouillon beef base with 1/2 cup warm water and set aside.
- Mix 1 teaspoon flour with 1 Tablespoon cold water.
- (Brussels Sprouts or carrots) Line a sheet pan with parchment paper or Silpat baking mat.
- (Brussels Sprouts or carrots) Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
- (Potatoes) Put your potatoes into a medium-to-large pot and cover with cold water by an inch. Bring to a boil over high heat. Set a timer for 15 minutes. When the timer sounds, check with a fork to see if tender.
- (Brussels sprouts or carrots) Coat your halved Brussels sprouts with 2 Tablespoon olive oil and season with 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. Put in the oven and set a timer for 8 minutes.
- Pat your beef dry with paper towels and cut into 1″ cubes. If you go to sear your beef and it’s wet, you’ll steam your meat, potentially overcooking it. Season with 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt and a pinch of pepper.
- Heat a 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 2 Tablespoons butter or bacon grease until melted or re-liquefied.
- Add your beef and sear 2 minutes, turning with tongs to brown on all sides. Take care not to overcook; your meat will become dry and tough. Transfer seared beef to a plate.
- (Brussels sprouts or carrots) After your Brussels sprouts have been in the oven for about 8 to 10 minutes, stir them so that they brown evenly.
- Add your diced bacon to your 3-quart saucepan and cook, stirring frequently.
- When you can smell the bacon, about a minute, add your sliced mushrooms, and cook until browned, about 5 minutes.
- (Potatoes) When your potatoes are tender (a fork should slide in easily), remove from heat and reserve 1 cup of the cooking water. Drain your potatoes in a colander and then return to the pot, covering with a lid to keep warm.
- (Brussels sprouts or carrots) When your Brussels sprouts are crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, about 20 to 25 minutes total, remove them from the oven.
- Add minced garlic, tomato paste, and thyme to your pan and stir.
- Add wine and increase heat. Boil for 1 minute.
- Add pearl onions or shallots and broth to the pan and bring back to a boil.
- Slowly add flour paste to the pan and cook for a minute.
- Return the beef to the pan and cook until the sauce thickens and coats the beef, about 2 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Lower heat to low heat and keep warm until plating.
- (Potatoes) Finish your potatoes by adding 1/3 cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and 1/2 cup cooking water. Mash to desired consistency, adding more cooking water for a looser consistency.
- Plate mashed potatoes in the center of two plates. Top with beef and place the Brussels sprouts alongside. Serve immediately.
Food-Themed Movie Recommendations
Once you have your meal ready, it’s time to sit back and enjoy a movie. The perfect movie for this meal is of course one featuring wine, food, or both!
Here are some of our favorites–a mix of romances, dramas, and comedies:
- Bottle Shock (2008), starring the late Alan Rickman and available for streaming on Amazon Prime, showcases how a California Chardonnay maker established Napa as the premier wine county it is now in a 1976 wine competition.
- Uncorked (2020), available for streaming on Netflix and featuring the tunes of Hit-Boy, focuses on wine-enthusiast Mamoudou Athie who dreams of being a master sommelier and his father Courtney B. Vance who runs a BBQ joint.
- A Walk in the Clouds (1995), available for streaming on Starz, offers beautiful views of Napa in the mid-1940s with a romance between Keanu Reeves and Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, the winemaker’s daughter.
- Wine Country (2019), starring Amy Poehler and Maya Randolph and available for streaming on Netflix, follows a group of women as they reunite for a friend’s 50th birthday.
- Sideways (2004), available for rent on Amazon Prime and famous for giving Merlot a bad rap, takes viewers through another California wine country—Santa Barbara—as Paul Giamatti takes his friend Thomas Hayden Church whose about to get married on a Bachelor’s weekend. While roadtripping they meet Sandra Oh, a pour girl at one of the wineries, and Virginia Madsen, a waitress.
- Chocolat (2000), available for streaming on Netflix, is the perfect dessert movie. Root for Juliette Binoche as she opens a Chocolaterie and tempts villagers with her handmade chocolates.
- The Hundred-Foot Journey (2014), available for streaming on Cinemax, is for food lovers who love both mom-and-pop restaurants and Michelin-star dining. Watch Manish Dayal as he pursues dreams of being a Michelin-star chef alongside Helen Mirren.
- Julie and Julia (2009), available for streaming on Starz, features Amy Adams as a food blogger working her way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking cookbook (where you’ll find her Boeuf Bourguignon recipe).
Eden Hemsley Silverstein fell in love with cooking in the third grade and has been bringing people together ever since to share meals. You can follow her on Instagram @RoadToGoodLife, Facebook @TheRoadToTheGoodLife, and her blog, The Road to the Good Life. Learn more about her through her bio on LinkedIn.
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