The best part of making a bbq dry rub yourself is that you can control the ingredients that go into it and make it taste the way you like.
By Pamela Braun
Labor Day Weekend is upon us and that means the official barbecue season is coming to a close. Put together this homemade dry rub and your grill can go out with a bang.
If you’ve never fired up your grill before, what have you been waiting for? Cooking on an open flame grill isn’t that much different than cooking on a gas stove. Okay it’s a little bit different, but totally manageable. Mastering the grill is something your guy will sort of love. I say sort of, because guys really love their grills (in their minds: women cook and men grill). But won’t he be surprised when you serve up a delicious tasting cut of meat you cooked yourself on the grill once in a while?
But let’s say you don’t have a grill, or really have an aversion to the flame spewing monster. Have no fear…that’s where the bbq dry rub comes in handy. A barbecue rub is something that adds lots of flavor to meat or fish as well as adds a nice crunchy texture to the exterior.
A dry rub can be added to meats that are grilled, get a pan sear or even go into the oven for a long slow braise. Whatever the cooking method, a dry rub will give your meat that bbq flavor.
A bbq dry rub gets massaged into meat, seafood (dry rubs should be sprinkled onto seafood and not rubbed), winged animal or vegetables either immediately before cooking or a few hours before grilling or cooking. A barbecue rub is similar to any packaged seasoning mix that you might use to make ramen noodles taste better, add more flavor to a low sodium dish or to make tacos taste like tacos. But the best part of making a bbq dry rub yourself is that you can control the ingredients that go into it and make it taste the way you like.
Remember, dry rubs do not add subtle flavor they have big intense flavors that you experience as soon as you bite into the meat. The amount of flavor that gets into the meat is determined by the amount of time the dry rub is allowed contact with the meat before cooking. Because there is some salt in the barbecue rub,there may be a small amount of water that is pulled out of the meat, especially if the rub is applied to the meat and refrigerated overnight, but you won’t lose enough moisture to affect the juiciness of the cooked meat. This barbecue rub recipe will give your meat great flavor and keep everything juicy.
Originally Published: August 31, 2013