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Traeger Tips: Emergency Ingredient Substitutions

Posted by sbulloch on March 6, 2013

How many times have you started making a delicious Traeger Recipe, just to find you are missing a key ingredient to the rub or sauce. It can be so frustrating to have to make an extra trip to the store while your Traeger is already smoking, just begging for that rack of ribs. We have had those moments too, and know the pain. That is why we have created this fantastic cheat sheet for all of those times you just need to make a recipe work without a trip to the store. 

Herbs and Spices:


**Any dried herb can be substituted for its' fresh counterpart. A good rule to follow is for every tablespoon of fresh herbs, use 1 teaspoon if it is dried and 1/4 teaspoon if it is ground or powdered.

Basil: Oregano or thyme

Chili Powder: 1 teaspoon hot sauce, plus a dash of oregano and cumin to replace 1 teaspoon of chili powder

Chives: Green onions or white onion.

Cilantro: Flat leaf parsley

Cinnamon: Nutmeg or allspice, but only use 1/3 of what is called for.

Cumin: Chili powder

Ginger: 1 teaspoon of dried ginger equals 2 teaspoons of fresh ground ginger

Italian Seasoning: Mix equal amounts of basil, rosemary, oregano, garlic powder, and crushed red pepper.

Oregano: Thyme or basil

Dry Mustard: Use 2 teaspoons of prepared mustard for each teaspoon of dry mustard needed.

Poultry Seasoning: 3/4 teaspoon ground sage, plus a dash of thyme, rosemary and black pepper

Rosemary: Thyme or tarragon.

Thyme: Basil, oregano, or marjoram.


Baking Ingredients:


Baking Powder: 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, Plus 1/4 teaspoon of cream of tartar for each teaspoon of baking powder needed.

Brown Sugar: 1 cup granulated sugar, plus 2 tablespoons of molasses for each cup of brown sugar needed.

Buttermilk: 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar, plus enough whole milk to make 1 cup. Let sit for 5 minutes. Replaces 1 cup of buttermilk.

Cornstarch: 2 tablespoons of flour for each tablespoon of cornstarch needed.

Corn Syrup: 1 cup granulated sugar, plus 1/4 cup water for each cup of corn syrup needed.

Hot Sauce: 3/4 tablespoon cayenne pepper, plus 1/4 tablespoon of vinegar. Replaces 1 tablespoon of hot sauce.

Ketchup: 1 cup tomato sauce, 1 teaspoon of vinegar, and 1 tablespoon of sugar or brown sugar for each cup of ketchup needed.

Molasses: 1 cup of honey replaces 1 cup of molasses

Soy Sauce: 8 tablespoons of Worchestershire sauce, plus 2 tablespoons of water will replace 1 cup of soy sauce.

Vinegar: 1 teaspoon of lime/lemon juice or 2 teaspoons of wine replaces 1 teaspoon of vinegar.

Whole Milk: 1 cup skim milk, plus 2 teaspoons melted butter replaces 1 cup of whole milk.

Keep in mind, you may not get the exact same results as you would have with the original called for ingredients, but sometimes replacements can create new favorite recipes. Let us know if you have any tried and true ingredient substitutions! Enjoy, Traeger Nation!