Traditional American Recipies

Awesome Starter Barbecue Rub

If you like to BBQ, you need to add this awesome starter barbecue rub to your arsenal of barbecuing ingredients.

Are you scared of trying to whip up your own meat rub? Don’t be – there are probably a couple of billion barbecue meat rub recipes available via a quick internet search. Here’s the trick! Find one you think sounds good, try it, and then adjust the spices to your own liking! Don’t over think it.

Sure, I know that sounds crazy simple but it’s true. You can spend a bunch of time researching spice blends, and that’s fine if you’re a professional chef or competitive barbecue guru. But for the most part people are just looking for a bit of added flavor. Here are two tips to keep in mind when you start mixing your own barbecue rubs.

Cheat… I mean Research!

First – Don’t start off blind. Cheat and look up a rub recipe online and start from there! Who said you have to reinvent the wheel… or the rub? The great thing about rub recipes is that they are easy to tweak for your own taste buds. Oh, let’s call it research instead of cheating… but you get the idea.

Make some Notes! Believe it or not the best way to master making your own rubs is to log what you try. You may think you can remember a recipe for a few spices… but down the road you will appreciate a few notes. What worked with certain foods/meats or even if there was too much of on spice or not enough of another.

Bonus Tip – Look outside of the Box!

Take a look at spices used from other parts of the world but that may not common at your local grocery store. Almost every town has specialty grocery stores serving ethnic communities. You may find the flavor boost you’re looking for. The secret to rubs is to find the flavors you feel best complement your style of cooking and the items you are grilling.

Awesome Starter Barbecue Rub

Kent’s Basic Barbecue Dry Rub

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion flakes
  • (1/2 tablespoon if using onion powder)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper if desired

Directions:

Mix all of the ingredients in a clean and dry mason jar doubling the amounts as needed. You can also use an empty spice shaker. Rubs can be considered a dry marinade.

Leave on for at least thirty minutes before cooking. For many dishes I rub the meat the day before which allows the spices to be soaked into the meat.

Rub Note:

When trying a rub for the first time I would suggest adding the least amount of salt as possible. One mistake many people make is to use things like garlic salt with onion salt and then adding additional table or sea salt. That’s a lot of salt! Use onion powder and garlic powder instead.

After this be sure to check out this great Poor Man’s Rib-Eye.

 

Kent's Basic Barbecue Dry Rub

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Serves: 20 Cooking Time: Approx 1 Hour.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion flakes
  • (1/2 tablespoon if using onion powder)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper if desired

Instructions

1

Mix all of the ingredients in a clean and dry mason jar doubling the amounts as needed. You can also use an empty spice shaker. Rubs can be considered a dry marinade.

2

Leave on for at least thirty minutes before cooking. For many dishes I rub the meat the day before which allows the spices to be soaked into the meat.

Notes

When trying a rub for the first time I would suggest adding the least amount of salt as possible. One mistake many people make is to use things like garlic salt with onion salt and then adding additional table or sea salt. That's a lot of salt! Use onion powder and garlic powder instead.

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