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BBQ Dry Rub Recipes For All Of Your Outdoor Cooking Needs

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Professional chefs usually don’t think of herbs and spices when they speak of seasoning a dish. They are usually talking about salt and pepper. Period. And most chefs think that these two basic additives are absolutely positively essential. Salt is an excellent flavor enhancer because it actually opens up your taste buds and this really wakes up the flavor of meat and vegetables. It also helps the meat retain water.

When the rest of us speak of seasoning, we usually mean salt and pepper and all the other flavorings. Spice blends, commonly called dry rubs, and wet rubs, which are spice blends mixed with water or oil are a great way to amp it up to 11. Here’s a list of our favorite rubs for beef, poultry, pork, vegetables, and more.

The Science Of Rubs

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Meathead

Herb & spice rubs and blends are a great way to bring major flavor to food. But there is a science and art to making and using them.

The Science of Herbs & Spices

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Meathead

Here is everything a cook needs to know about herbs and spices as well as a list of essential herbs and spices to buy, how to store them, substituting dried for fresh, substituting one herb or spice for another, toasting spices, blooming spices, and other preparations that get the most flavor out of them.

The Science Of Salt

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Meathead

Here's what you need to know about table salt, kosher salt, pickling salt, sea salt, seasoned salt, curing salts, and how to use them. Learn also about brines, measuring different salts, and the health aspects of salt.
BBQ dry rub on a rack of ribs

Meathead’s World Famous Memphis Dust Rub Recipe

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Meathead

This popular Memphis dust bbq dry rub recipe is the only seasoning blend you'll ever need for pork, chicken, fish, beef, and veggies. The rub is based on Memphis style BBQ, where ribs are served "dry," letting the seasoning and smoked shine by skipping the sauce.
chicken roasting on a grill rack

Simon & Garfunkel Spice Rub For Poultry Recipe

With “parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme,” as the song goes, this herb blend goes on everything. Try it on chicken, turkey, potatoes, grilled asparagus, eggs, pork, you name it.
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Poultry Seasoning Recipe

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Meathead

This is an easy all-purpose spice mix for chicken, turkey, and pork. They sell it in bottles, but you can make it and modify it yourself easily.
BBQ rub being sprinkled on to meat

Big Bad Beef Dry Rub Recipe

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Meathead

This flavorful beef dry rub recipe is perfect for seasoning brisket, beef ribs, steak, and more. In Texas, many barbecue joints use plain old salt and pepper, called Dalmatian rub. But beef brisket and beef ribs can handle, and benefit from, a more potent mix of spices. You can make this beef rub in advance and store it.
mrs o'leary's cow crust

Mrs. O’Leary’s Cow Crust: The Perfect Beef Dry Rub Recipe

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Meathead

Before hitting the smoker or grill with a steak or other beef cut, take it over the top with this delicious wet rub seasoning paste. Packed with herbs, chiles, and other seasonings then blended with oil, this paste is sure to become your go-to for adding flavor to beef.
pastrami rub raw

A Pastrami Rub Recipe That Rivals New York’s Famed Katz’s Deli

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Meathead

Pastrami depends heavily on the spice blend applied to the cured corned beef. But the distinctive combination of coriander, black pepper, and other spices works wonders on goose or duck breast, on pork belly, on beef short ribs to name a few options. After much research and trial and error, here's my approximation of Katz's pastrami rub recipe.

Meathead’s Amazing BBQ Rubs And Sauce Take Flavor To New Heights

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Clint Cantwell

In search of the best BBQ rubs and sauce for your next grilling adventure? We've got you covered with Meathead's Amazing pork, poultry, and red meat rubs and Kansas City-style sauce.
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Memphis Dry Rub Recipe, Rendezvous-Style

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Meathead

In Memphis it is common for barbecue joints to offer their ribs "dry", without sauce, just a liberal sprinkling of spices and herbs before and after the ribs are smoked. The most revered dry ribs are served at Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous. This recipe is closer to their famous seasoning rub than they are handing out.
grilled leg of lamb

Dolly’s Rub Is The Only One You Ever Need For Lamb

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Meathead

This wonderful spice rub is perfect when looking to amp up the flavor for smoked and grilled lamb. Use it as a dry rub seasoning for lamb or mutton prior to cooking or add liquid to make a flavorful paste for the meat. It also works well as a dry brine, ensuring deep flavor penetration and maximum moisture.
rub flavors a piece of fish

The Only Fish Rub Recipe You’ll Ever Need

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Meathead

This Marietta's fish rub recipe is a delicious blend of herbs designed to make BBQ and grilled fish shine. Whatever fish is your pleasure, this flavor enhancing herb mix is not the only fish rub in the ocean, but it is sure to become your favorite after giving it a try.
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Creole Seasoning Rub Recipe

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Dave Joachim

This recipe for spicy Creole seasoning is perfect for gumbo, jambalaya, and crawfish etoufee. It also works well rubbed on pork, chicken and turkey.
Cajun rub seasons meat

Cajun Seasoning Rub Recipe

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Meathead

This spice blend features classic Louisiana flavors like cayenne and allspice, perfect for making andouille sausage, jambalaya, gumbo, and blackened fish. It is also good rubbed on barbecued meats and mixed into burgers.
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This Mustard Wasabi Rub Will Open Your Nostrils

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Dave Joachim

With wasabi powder, mustard powder, ginger, cayenne, and black pepper, this Japanese wasabi rub recipe will open up your nostrils. Try it with fish, shellfish, chicken, turkey, pork, and vegetables.
five spices in five containers

Chinese Five Spice Powder Recipe

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Meathead

This simple to make but flavor packed recipe for five spice powder will be your go-to seasoning whenever you want to add an Asian accent to any dish. Five Spice Powder is a blend of cinnamon, cloves, fennel, star anise, and Szechwan peppercorns. Further amplify the rub by adding ginger, nutmeg, and/or licorice.

Published On: 1/26/2022 Last Modified: 11/19/2022

 

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