Spice Rubs And Pastes

Dry rubs are a mix of spices and dried herbs and they are rubbed into the meat before cooking. They come in a wide range of flavors. There are barbecue rubs, chili powder (yes chili powder is a spice blend), curries, jerk seasoning, sate, Old Bay, and many more. Pastes, wet rubs, and slathers come in two classes: Water based and oil based. Most are just dry rubs mixed with water or oil. They have the advantage of sticking better and can be layered on thick. Most herbs and spices dissolve well in water. Oil has the advantage of helping keep food from sticking to the grates. Rubs are part art and part science. The art is creating a blend of harmonious flavors that will complement the meat or veggie. The sciece is knowing how they will change when subjected to heat and knowing that there should be no salt in a rub. And since most commercial rubs can be up to 50% salt, you need to make your own rubs. Better, and a heckuva lot cheaper. You can buy pre-mixed rubs, but they are easy to make yourself, and a lot cheaper since most commercial rubs are loaded with salt. Every good barbecue cook should have a few signature house rubs to brag on. Just steal our recipes.

"What really sets one BBQ joint apart from another isn't the way it's cooked, it's the way it's seasoned."

Doug Worgul, Oklahoma Joe's, Kansas City
harissa paste
If made properly, harissa is a very deep, rich, complex paste, much more interesting than any bottled hot sauce. You can buy it, but it is easy to make with this recipe. Use it on everything from fajitas to stews, soups, couscous, fish, and meats. It's great mixed in to mayonnaise, ketchup, and BBQ sauce. read more
garam masala ingredients
Based on the popular Indian spice blend, this Garam Masala recipe is a complex blend of flavors including sweet, pungent, spicy hot, and savory. Garam Masala is found in numerous Indian foods including chicken, marinades, and more; but it's most often used as a final sprinkling before serving, a sort of dry sauce. read more
Dolly's Mutton Rub
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. read more
brisket rub
This flavorful spice rub recipe is perfect for beef, especially good for brisket. In Texas many barbecue joints use just plain old salt and pepper, called Dalmatian rub. But beef brisket can and BBQ beef ribs handle, and benefit from, a more potent mix. You can make this recipe days or weeks in advance. read more
pesto
Pesto is one of the world's great and most versatile sauces, and this tested recipe is sure to become your new favorite. Pesto is a classic on pasta, but it also makes a superb when tossed with potatoes, spread on crostini, tossed with grilled shrimp, blended with butter for steaks, and so much more. read more
fish rub
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. read more
Tuscany
Add a taste of Italy to virtually any dish with this tested recipe for a flavorful Italian herb and spice blend. This seasoning blend is great to keep on hand for pizzas, meatball sandwiches, red sauces, and so much more. read more
Scarborough Fair Chicken
The tested recipe for AmazingRibs.com's signature Simon & Garfunkel Spice Blend and Baste is based on parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, just like the song. Sprinkle it on everything on sight, including chicken, turkey, grilled potatoes, even on the outside of baked potatoes, grilled asparagus, in omelets, and more. read more
charmoula recipe
Packed full of flavor, charmoula (a.k.a. chermoula) is an North African herb paste used as a marinade, sauce, relish, dip, and spread. While there are countless variations of charmoula, this delicious recipe marries olive oil, cilantro, parsley, lemon juice, aromatics, and spices to create a multi-purpose paste. read more
Herb Breadcrumb Crusted Chicken
This delicious recipe for herbed breadcrumbs is not only simple to make, it's also an great way to add a flavorful crust to countless dishes. This is a great basic herbed breadcrumb blend for use on a rack of lamb, chicken parts, pork chops, veal cutlets, fish, mushrooms, cauliflower, shrimp, zucchini, or others. read more

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