When it comes to BBQ rubs and spices,
What is a Spice Rub?
Spice rubs are used in every part of the country to enhance the flavor of BBQ. Generally, rubs are a combination of spices which are "rubbed" or sprinkled on the outside surface of meat before you put it on the grill.
Rubs do GREAT things to meat:
• Rubs seal the flavor of the meat
• Rubs enhance the color of the cooked meat
Most Important - Rubs pull moisture from the
Rubs are a combination of different spices mixed with salts and sugars. The salt draws moisture out of the meat, and the sugar locks in the flavor of the spices by caramelizing on the meat’s surface and sealing in all the great spice flavors. The sugar also assists in osmosis.
Spices in rubs can include allspice, onion, garlic, cinnamon, chili pepper, paprika, mustard, cumin, sage, or thyme, just to name a few.
If you want to make your own rub, here’s
Advantages of Rubs Over Marinades:
• Rubs are more economical than marinades
• You use only the amount you need and can save the rest
• Rubs add a colorful and tasteful crust to the finished meat
• Rubs self-marinate the meat so you don't have to marinade while you cook
• Rubs are EASY to use on meat
• Rubs make it easier to control the flavor of the meat
A rub can either be wet or dry. Wet rubs have some liquid in them that give them the consistency of a paste. Some rubs (such as
Why is it called a rub? Some prefer to rub the surface of the meat with the dry rub mix. Others prefer to shake the rub on the meat. Either way, the rub will enhance the natural flavor of the meat, add flavor from the spices, and keep the meat tender on the inside while giving it a perfect char on the outside.
You can apply rub a few days before you cook the meat, wrap it up in plastic wrap or butcher paper, and put it in the refrigerator. For larger pieces of meat, this works best. Add a generous portion of the rub at first to the meat. After it sits for a few days, add a little more rub before cooking.
In addition to spices,
I was sent 3 different mixed spices from the Pereg brand to try out and I have to say, I am impressed. I received the Chicken, BBQ, and Meatball mixes. As soon as they came in I figured I'd try them on our leftovers from our Father's Day BBQ. I tried the meatball and chicken mix on some leftover hamburgers and BBQ chicken and it was absolutely delicious! I tried the BBQ mix with my potato salad (which I'm the oddball who likes to eat it heated up instead of cold) and thought it added a great flavor to it. My guess is, if they can add good flavor to leftovers then they can certainly make some fresh food taste amazing!
What I liked about these spices is not only is it in a nice, non-breakable (plastic) container, but I love the easy to read signage/label on each bottle along with the graphic image. It was clear as day as to the name, what it was, etc. Also, all ingredients were listed on each bottle as well. Also, each bottle had two opening options: One for general sprinkling over your meal/food and the other end for allowing more
Overall, I believe that