In this post, I want to talk to you for a bit about dry rubs.These are mixtures of ground dry spices blended for the sole purpose of being rubbed into a piece of raw meat to enhance the flavour upon cooking. Spices are usually coarsely ground and a dry rub may also include flavours such as salt, garlic or sugar. More unusual ones may even include ingredients such as coffee! In fact, the simplest dry rub which most aspiring BBQ chefs will have attempted is just ground black pepper rubbed into a decent steak.
The folks over at fix.com believe that no BBQ is complete without a good basic dry rub recipe. The article offers some simple advice to those trying out spice rubs for the first time. Apply a coat of olive oil to the meat before applying any dry rub and to leave the spice rub at least 30 minutes before grilling, for example.
One such recipe that I will definitely be trying out, available at fix.com, is the Smoky Chipotle Pork and Chicken Rub. It sounds delicious!
Once you have tried a couple of these dry rubs, have a think about the flavours you particularly enjoyed. Start to play about your very own dry rub recipe you could adapt from the basic ones employed here. Experiment, use your favourite ingredients and don’t be afraid to try something new!