Top Tips when using BBQ Rubs
Are you a fan of barbeque dishes? Remember to rub the spices the right way to transform the normal meat, fish, and veggies into lip-smacking culinary creations. Read our expert tips that will help you become a BBQ pro.
Attention novice BBQ lovers! Even the best bbq rubs come with ingredients that can easily get burnt if used at high temperatures and fast cooking. So, remember to use the rubs only for the BBQ style of cooking. Else you will end up with brunt and overtly smoked starters. Beef briskets, chicken breasts, and whole pork shoulders will give you an out of the world taste after you have used our secret tips.
Tip #1 – Make You Own Rubs
Readymade rubs from the store can surely give you a good taste. However, if you could find time to make your rubs using simple ingredients at home, you will never again settle for those from your grocery store. You will need to take care of three critical aspects, such as heat, coloring, and flavor. Some of the key ingredients that will give your homemade rub a distinct flavor are pepper, coffee grounds, dried apples, etc. Here are some fantastic and simple bbq rub recipes.
Tip #2 – Applying the Rub
This is very important because the meat or veggies should have a uniform taste. Applying the dry rubs requires a skill of its own.
- Firstly, you will have to remove the excess moisture from the meat using a paper towel.
- Sprinkle the dry rub all over the meat. Use your hands to rub the spice mixture all over the meat pieces evenly.
- Don’t make deep cuts on the meat and use your fingers to apply the rubs into the meat. This will make sure the spices and flavor will enter the inner portions of the meat as well.
Wet rubs can be used by mixing the spice powder in lime juice or any cooking oil you prefer. If you want your BBQ dishes to have the ideal spice and flavor, you will need to leave the spice mixture (whether dry or wet) for at least 30 minutes before you cook them. The more time you keep the rub on the meat, the better the dish will taste. However, if you plan to keep the rub for a long time, make sure you refrigerate it.
Tip #3 – Remember to include sweetening ingredients to the rub
Molasses is a great addition that can be used in wet rubs as they act as a binding agent for the rub and add a tinge of sweetness to the meat. Brown sugar (unrefined sugar) is also a standard ingredient in the dry rubs. When heated, sugar will get moist slightly and help in binding the other powdered ingredients on the meat. This way, the meat will have all the spices and flavor intact.
Now let’s answer some questions you might have about using the BBQ rubs.
How to use a BBQ rub?
If it was a dry rub, you can place the meat on a plate and simply sprinkle it evenly on the meat. You can also use fingers to spread the spice mixture evenly on the meat. For the wet rubs, use a spoon or spatula to spread it evenly on the meat.
Is it possible to leave a rub on too long?
There is no real rule on how long you can keep the rub. The longer time you keep it, the better it will taste. Make sure you use the marinated meat within a day or two. Also, remember to refrigerate it properly if you are planning to keep it for a long time.
How long should you leave a rub-on?
You can leave the rub on the meat for a time range of 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the meat’s thickness. The spice mixture should sit for a minimum of 30 minutes before it is ready for cooking.
Dry rub vs. marinade, which is better?
If you want the cooked meat with a more dry and exceptional texture, then dry rubs are good. It makes sure the seasoning is intact without having any additional moisture to the meat.
A marinade is mostly preferred by most if you are looking for a mouthful of juicy flavored meat.
What style of rub is best for chicken?
Dry rub with a generous amount of paprika, onion, and garlic powder will do wonders with chicken meat. You could also add coriander for a more neutral flavor. Remember to use fresh herbs and spices from your pantry for garnish.
What style of rub is best for pork?
BBQ rubs with brown sugar, pepper, salt, along with onion and garlic powder, will taste great with pork meat.
Now that you know to use the rubs like a pro. Pull out your BBQ grills and share with us your unique recipes.