BBQ Dry Rub Recipes 101


BBQ Dry Rub Recipe

What do BBQ Dry Rub Recipes Do?

Most BBQ rubs consist of a mixture of spices, although some feature something moist like fresh garlic or ginger (as Cajun seasoning sometimes does). They are often hot and spicy with a touch of sweetness - Jerk seasoning is a good example of this.

Their main job is to flavor; as the meat cooks, the oils leak out and form a crust with the rub which seals the rest of the juices in. They will spice up a variety of meat, poultry, fish or even veggies.

Brush the food with a thin layer of oil, and then apply the rub - or mix a tablespoon or two of oil into the dry rub and by hand work it thoroughly into every part of your meat. If you do this an hour or two before cooking it tends to marinate meat a little.

After barbecuing, the meat could be served as is, like jerk or Cajun seasoning rub, or with a finishing sauce, as with pulled pork. We've suggested uses for all these barbeque rub recipes, but feel free to experiment with ingredients or quantities your hearts desire.

The Recipes

Essential Equipment to Buy

Many, if not most BBQ rub recipes contain spices of various types - fennel, cumin, etc - which need to be ground up.

You can buy most spices in a ground form, but freshly toasted then ground tastes so much better. There are two pieces of equipment that do this well.

A pestle and mortar is the manual version and is an ancient piece of cooking equipment, biblical at least and most likely around before that.

Pestle and Mortar
Krups spice grinder

The other option is a spice grinder - there are lots on the market, but I can tell you from personal experience that this Krups spice grinder is excellent - and a lot quicker and easier than a pestle and mortar, taking seconds, rather than minutes!

All you do so pour your whole spices in and out comes finely ground powder.

It can be used for grinding coffee as well, but I wouldn't use it for both if I were you!

Recipe for a Hot Aromatic BBQ Rub

Here's one to try that goes with meat or fish.

There's a bit of an Indian influence going on here, perhaps, with flavours like cumin and fenugreek featuring. The peppercorns give a kick of heat. Oh, and the aroma is quite wonderful.

  • 2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tbsp coriander (cilantro?) seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp fenugreek seeds
  • 2 tbsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp black peppercorns
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 1 clove
  • salt

Toast the ingredients lightly in a pan over low heat, and then grind them with a pestle and mortar until the ingredients are powdered as finely as possible.

Add a pinch or two of salt at the end.

Amazon is a great place to buy hard to find herbs and spices

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More BBQ Rub Recipes and Other Ways to Flavor BBQ Food

Here are some more BBQ dry rub recipes:

Or more ways of flavoring BBQ food take a look at:

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