Monday Mixup: What’s cooking with Matt Lawson

Welcome to Monday Mixup!

In this series, we’ll be featuring notable characters from Anaiah Press books. Today, Sara Beth Williams is sharing a favorite recipe from Matt Lawson, the hero in Anchor My Heart:

Read on to find out why Matt enjoys his homemade barbeque rub.

If you’ve read When Hearts Collide, where we first meet Matt Lawson as a side character, you’ll notice throughout that he loves to cook. In When Hearts Collide, he helps cook dinner on Christmas Eve at Lacey’s, barbeques chicken for Jay’s birthday party, and in A Worthy Heart, he hosts an Easter dinner for all his friends.

As a musician, Matt is a creative soul.  Cooking comes naturally to him. He also loves community. Not large gatherings with way too much noise, but small, intimate gatherings with his close friends. He loves to bring his friends together and cook for them. I can totally envision Matt creating his own barbeque rub for chicken or steak.

So, today, I’d like to share a homemade barbeque rub with you all, one which I developed on my own. This is the rub Matt would absolutely use when cooking for his friends.

Homemade BBQ rub:


1 TBSP chili powder (use less if you desire something less spicy)

1 TBSP onion powder

1 TBSP garlic powder

1 TBSP paprika

½ TBSP black pepper

½ TBSP salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp cayenne pepper

2 tbsp brown sugar (use more or less depending on how much sweetness you like)


Stir together in a bowl or glass jar until evenly mixed. Store in air tight container.

To use: Rub liberally over both sides of pieces of meat of your choice.

Cook meat as desired. (Grilled is delicious of course)

That’s all there is to it!

We’ve also used this on oven baked chicken or pork chops and it comes out just as tasty.


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