Dry Rub ingredients

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by chipheb, Mar 15, 2012.

  1. Hi Everyone,

    I am getting back to smoking after about a 10 year hiatus. Back in the day I would do ribs with yellow mustard and old bay as the rub. Then add a sweet sauce later at times. My question is are any of the rub ingredients needed for any reason other than flavor? Mostly, the sugar and salt I suppose. I know the salt would pull out some moisture but other than that is it all flavor related?


  2. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    In my opinion unless you are cooking for looks the only thing rubs do is add flavor.
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    X2...Sugar contributes to a nice Bark and Salt is there to enhance the flavor. Beyond that it is preference, For instance, Salt, Pepper, Garlic and Onion add a good layer of flavor. Layer on some Heat and Color with Cayenne, Paprika and Chili Powder. Then add a Sweet sauce to round the flavors out. Some ground Coffee or Cocoa in a rub adds some Bitterness and Spices like Allspice, Coriander and Cumin add Depth. Dry Thyme , Oregano and Basil can enhance the flavor and add Brightness. Citrus Zest can be nice as well.

    Here is a good Basic Rub to start with and a link to my Foiling Juice which is popular. Have Fun...JJ

    Mild Bubba Q Rub

    1/2C Sugar in the Raw (Turbinado)

    2T Sweet Paprika (Hungarian)

    1T Kosher Salt

    1T Chili Powder (contains some Cumin and Oregano) Ancho Chile is same without cumin, oregano etc.

    1T Granulated Garlic

    1T Granulated Onion

    1tsp Black Pepper, more if you like

    1/2tsp Grnd Allspice

    Cayenne or Chipotle Pwd to taste, start with 1/2tsp and go from there.

    You may also like this for Ribs...

  4. Thanks for the feedback guys.

    I'll try the basic rub recipe with a little old bay. Love that stuff.

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