BBQ rubs are so useful and practical. I mean, they’re so easy to make and yet make such a huge difference in the flavor without overpowering the dish.
A spice rub is simply a mix of spices and/or herbs that you apply as a coat on food. The spices are usually ground, and they impart their flavors into the food and help develop a crispier texture (bark) in some cases. Salt may be added as well as sugar for caramelization.
Most of the time you’ll see people using rubs when grilling, but they can be used with other cooking methods too: smoking, baking, roasting, etc. Moreover, it can be easily stored and saved for later Many times they can last for months in the pantry (although it’ll depend on the ingredients).
Rubs vary from the simplest “salt and pepper” to complex mixes with dozens of spices. This makes them very versatile, you can prepare thousands of different rubs and always have the perfect one for every single occasion. The mix of diverse spices allows you to precisely develop the flavor you want. Poultry, fish, steak, roasts… a good rub will always make it better.
Let’s take a look at some of the best BBQ rubs you’ll find out there today.
Sweet and Savory Rub for Pork
This dry rub is great for all pork cuts, be it some ribs, pork butt, shoulder… The brown sugar gives it a sweet but balanced flavor along with the subtle spiciness of paprika, cumin, and cayenne. The onion and garlic put the icing on the cake.
Simple, yet delicious!
Texas-Style BBQ Rub
Our Texan friends really know how to spice things up. It goes incredibly well with poultry and pork. The brown sugar will caramelize and give your meat an incredible sweety flavor along with the smoky paprika, along with the garlic and onion for balance and flavor.
Sweet Rub For Pork And Chicken
Because easy never meant worse. This is a very versatile rub that you can use on everything, but goes best with lighter meats like pork and chicken. The brown sugar makes it sweet while the mustard adds a final touch of acidity.
Sweet Texas-Style Dry Rub
Sweet, but mildly hot. This rub will take your smoked meat to the next level. Put it on some ribs and let the rub do the job. The mix of sweet and spicy is just amazing, so flavorful. If you haven’t tried this, are you even grilling?
Memphis Dust Rub
Despite its name, the special ingredient is not dust! Speaking seriously, this rub is unique in the world. The rosemary gives it an unmistakable scent and flavor. It’s savory and it has a balanced but strong flavor. It does not include salt, so remember to salt your meat first!
Super Easy BBQ Pork Rub
This dry rub for BBQ pork goes with any grilled or smoked cut of pig meat, but is especially well suited to pork tenderloin. It balances sweet and spicy beautifully, with ingredients like paprika, chili powder and brown sugar, before adding a delicate twist of flavor with garlic and onion.
Smoked Chicken BBQ Rub
This smoked chicken rub has a subtle spicy flavor, but still allows the woody smokey tastes from the chicken to come through.
Memphis-Style Rub For Baby Back Ribs
The allspice and the Provence herbs in this rub will give your ribs a very special and unique flavor. It’s easy and quick to make and yet it delivers amazing results. Your smoked ribs will surely be the king of the barbecue.
Dry Rub For Beef
Beef is a strong meat and thus it requires a strong rub. This will develop a nice, crunchy crust on your meat while imparting some amazing flavors. The diverse ingredients of this rub will achieve a perfect, rich flavor all over your beef.
Dry Spice Rub For Baby Back Ribs
This rub goes best with ribs, but you can put it on any pork cut you want, even on chicken. This rub uses a mix of sweet and spicy paprika which give it a strong smoky flavor. The balance between sugar and salt ensures the flavor is balanced and strong.
All-Purpose BBQ Spice Rub
This is a simple take on the BBQ-style spice mix. It’s very practical because of its versatility, you can put it on any meat. You can save it, and if you ever want a different flavor it’s easy to transform it into other rubs anytime! It has a mild, sweet, and smoky flavor that goes well with everything!
Adaptable BBQ Rub
This is a standard rub that uses a mixture of paprikas and mustard that will highlight the flavor of any meat you put this on. The interesting part is that you can modify it, making little changes to transform it into a spicy, garlicky, or Mexican-style rub!