Tips on Making Barbecue Spice Rub

There's nothing more delicious than grilled or barbequed meat that's been rubbed with barbecue spice rub that has a deep, smoky flavor. There are many ways to make spice rubs for your meat. You can make a wet rub or dry rub. You can make a barbecue steak rub or a rub just for ribs. You can make large portions and save it in your cupboard or make it for just one occasion. The recipes and possibilities are limitless.

Dry Rubs

Dry rubs are convenient and can be made in large batches to store in your cupboard. They are pretty simple and straightforward to make. A Kansas City barbeque spice rub recipe is perfect for ribs as traditionally eaten in Kansas City. The recipe contains brown sugar, paprika, salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, onion, and cayenne. All you have to do is combine these ingredients together and then store them in an airtight container.

A Memphis style barbeque spice rub for ribs is a bit simpler and contains only salt, paprika, onion powder, black pepper, and cayenne. Memphis ribs are traditionally eaten without barbecue sauce. For a Carolina pulled pork barbecue spice rub recipe, combine salt, sugar, brown sugar, ground cumin, chili powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and paprika.

Wet Rubs

To make wet barbecue spice rubs, you can mix similar ingredients as used in dry rubs but add liquid smoke and oil. For example, a good recipe for Aztec barbecue spice rub includes liquid smoke, crushed cumin seeds, minced garlic, coarse salt, olive oil, and cayenne pepper. Combine these ingredients until they form a smooth paste. You can cover the mixture and leave it refrigerated but it won't keep for long.

For a creole flavored wet barbeque spice rub, combined minced onion, creole mustard, hot pepper sauce, and dry Cajun seasoning and then store the mixture in an airtight container in the refrigerator. For a very spicy wet rub, you can combine minced garlic, brown sugar, white vinegar, red pepper flakes, tomato paste, Tabasco sauce, and coarse salt.

For a garlicky and wet barbecue spice rub, combine loads of minced garlic, olive oil, fresh parsley, and cayenne and let it sit in an airtight container in your refrigerator for a few days. By doing so, the oil will absorb the flavor of the garlic and become more flavorful and garlicky.

So there you have it. There are many possibilities and recipes when it comes to making barbecue spice rub. For delicious renditions of ribs, pulled pork, and grilled steaks from all over the country and world try these simple recipes. You can experiment with flavors and ingredients to make your own variations.