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Adobo means spice rub or marinade, and the particular recipe we include was introduced by African slaves brought to Bahía in Brazil in the 17th century. The one I make most often is a wet kind of paste. It makes for a messy albeit fun way of cooking!

Adobo means spice rub or marinade, and the particular recipe we include was introduced by African slaves brought to Bahía in Brazil in the 17th century. But the actually birthplace is of some confusion.

The one I make most often is a wet kind of paste. It makes for a messy albeit fun way of cooking! I rub it on raw chicken, steaks, veal chops and even some of the more meaty fish and most often sear it to push the flavors deeply into the food and then finish it by roasting where the heat is more in a ‘surrounding’ mode which helps prevent the adobo from getting bitter which it could if said searing where prolonged. 

Note: You can just make the adobo spice rub part of this recipe and use as desired.