I have been working on a few rubs over the past few years. The base of which I call “REID’S RUB.” It is a spicy mixture containing coffee, mulato chile pepper, light and dark brown sugars, salt, pepper, ginger, paprika, etc. For New Year’s Day I am going to cook a traditional southern meal consisting of pork chops, hoppin john (black-eyed peas and rice), cornbread and collard greens.
After reading today’s article in the New York Times Food section about Brooklyn’s Flavor Route to the South, I had to check out The North Carolina Country Store in Brooklyn. The ladies there were very nice and I picked up some supplies directly from the south including collard greens, smoked ham ends and ham hock for the beans and greens, some black-eyed peas (Piggly Wiggly Brand!), Mrs Carolina’s Hot Chow Chow and some Moss Yellow Grits from Kittrell, NC!
There really is not anywhere else I have found that has some of the great items this store has and it almost feels like you are in a small town in the Carolina’s – that is until you open the door to Atlantic Avenue! It IS a little trek, especially if you are coming from Manhattan but well worth it! Map
So my pork chops have their rub on them and I made some pickles today with my new cuisinart food processor…. check out my post for the rest of the goodness from New Years Day. Until then, Happy New Year’s! (and eat some pork!)