Friday 27 March 2015

A Basic BBQ Rub

Back when I first got interested in cooking BBQ low and slow, I remember seeing a fellow called Steven Raichlen on TV.

Back then, there was no Food Network on TV and cooking was relegated to some afternoon shows or some weekend stuff on PBS (who remembers Pasquale's Kitchen?)

Steve had a show called Primal Grill.  I think it might have been on PBS at the time.  

It was from watching this show that I got my first BBQ rub.  Steven called it his basic BBQ rub and said it was versatile enough to put on anything.

Basic BBQ Rub ingredients
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1/4 cup of kosher salt
1/4 cup of paprika
1/4 cup of black pepper

Mix and use.  I personally find it a little bit too salty so I usually use only half the salt.

Once you've got the basic recipe down, you can customize it to your liking.  Some people prefer using other spices in their rub.  Things like cumin, garlic salt, onion powder, chili powder.  Some like to use herbs (think oregano, coriander).  Others like to spice things up by using different chili's like chipotle or cayenne.  The sky is the limit.

Sprinkle this rub liberally on ribs or chicken.  Let it sit for a little bit then grill or smoke it.  If you're not happy with the results, just change it one way or another the next time you make it.

Speaking of Steven Raichlen, he has a great website called Barbecue Bible that you can check out and most of his books are carried at any major bookstore.  I own all of his books and would recommend each and every one of them. 

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