What is it about this magical ingredient that makes everything taste better?
Pure water will kill you.
The kidneys have the biggest problem here because they rely on electrolytes to power and energize themselves. Also brains and hearts and other bits of ourselves. Pure water drains living bodies of the electrolytes needed to keep them running, taking them away through osmosis.
paprika is probably my favorite spice.
it adds color and taste, but it also adds BODY/TEXTURE.
when used as a rub, it forms a wonderful crust.
and that crust will soak up any smoky flavor from the bbq/girll.