Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

The Lowdown on Barbecue Rubs


The Lowdown on Barbecue Rubs

Looking at the phrase “barbecue rub”, you’ll think that there has been a typo somewhere, which made the I in the word rib a U instead. But hey, there really is such a word as a barbecue rub. In fact, it is actually a by-word in the world of barbecuing.

Barbecue rubs are seasoning and spices that barbecue enthusiasts use to add flavor, texture and color to the dishes that they prepare and grill. There are two kinds of barbecue rubs, one is the wet rub and the other is the dry rub.

A wet rub, as the name suggests, is made of a liquid ingredient, oil to be exact, that is used to coat the meat when barbecuing. The dry rub, on the other hand, is made of herbs much like your ordinary pepper and paprika. The dry rub can be sprinkled on the meat or rubbed on.

Still applying a barbecue rub is more complex than that. You don’t just sprinkle the rub on the meat, you have to make sure that the rub is absorbed and actually coats the meat. When grilling poultry, it is good to apply the rub not only on the skin but also on the inside. You can also try to put rubs early on, perhaps an hour before the cooking to give time for the meat to absorb the flavor. This way, the flavor can be tasted not only from the outside but also from the inside.

Dry rubs are actually made from a combination of different spices that people already use to add flavor to their dishes. Herbs like chili powder, garlic, paprika, cayenne are just some of the usual ingredients that can be found in a dry rub. Some even try making their own dry rubs by mixing different herbs. One tip that you can definitely use is to mix a strong flavoring with a subtle one. This will make for a truly unbeatable combination.

Because it is wet, meat absorbs wet rubs better as compared to dry rubs. If you are cooking meat that are already dry or those that easily dry up, wet rubs are good options because it can add to the moisture of the meat. Using dry rubs on an already dry surface will only lead to waste as the meat will not be able to absorb the flavor. Wet rubs, especially those that are oil-based can also be used so that the meat will not stick on the grill. This way, you don’t have to use separate oils.


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“He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth; and wine that maketh glad the heart of man, and oil to make his face to shine, and bread which strengtheneth man’s heart.”
Psalm 104:14,15

“The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.”
Psalm 145:15,16

“Do not join those who drink too much wine or gorge themselves on meat, for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.”
Proverbs 23:20-21

“I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.”
Ecclesiastes 3:12,13

“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.”
Matthew 6:25-32

“All wild animals and birds and fish will be afraid of you, God told him; ‘for I have placed them in your power, and they are yours to use for food, in addition to grain and vegetables. But never eat animals unless their life-blood has been drained off.”
Genesis 9:2-4

“It is because you must do everything for the glory of God, even your eating and drinking.”
I Corinthians 10:31

“Intelligence is something we are born with. BBQ’ing is a skill that must be learned”
Edward de Bono

“It is better to have burnt and lost, then never to have barbecued at all”
William Shakespeare

“Meat products should always be thoroughly cooked. You can have any colour providing it’s not black”
Henry Ford

“BBQ’ing is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration”
Thomas Edison

“Try different BBQ locations. You can barbecue on the beaches, you can barbecue on the school grounds, you can barbecue in the fields and in the streets”
Winston Churchill


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