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Old 05-25-2005, 11:14 AM   #1
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Homemade BBQ Rub Suggestions needed

I usually use Tony Chachere's More Spice for my ribs. I'm getting where I want to try something else. I would like to make it myself so I made the following:

Basic Barbecue Rub
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¼ cup firmly packed brown sugar
¼ up sweet paprika
3 tablespoons black pepper
3 tablespoons coarse salt
1 tablespoon hickory-smoked salt
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons celery seeds
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper.

I realize this is a basic rub but it seems to need something for my taste. I haven't tried it on any meat yet.

Any suggestions?
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Old 05-25-2005, 11:32 AM   #2
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You might want to try some chili powder, Colman's Dry Mustard, thyme or other herb, cumin (just a little IMO), maybe something like nutmeg or cinnamon for that something that people recognize but aren't quite sure what it is.

All depends if you're looking for a sweet or savory profile.

Lastly, I always use granulated garlic and onion, I think it has a better flavor, just my $.02 (the price of admission).
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You might want to try some chili powder, Colman's Dry Mustard, thyme or other herb, cumin (just a little IMO), maybe something like nutmeg or cinnamon for that something that people recognize but aren't quite sure what it is.

All depends if you're looking for a sweet or savory profile.

Lastly, I always use granulated garlic and onion, I think it has a better flavor, just my $.02 (the price of admission).
Bruce took the words right out of my mouth!!!

Just add little bits at a time of whatever you decide to add. You can always add a little more but you can't take it out once you've added it!
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Old 05-25-2005, 11:39 AM   #4
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In addition to BruceB's suggestions
I like to add fresh grounf corriander
to beef or allspice to pork.
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Old 05-25-2005, 11:44 AM   #5
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If you are putting it on ribs, try putting whole mustard seeds in it. At the very least, Bruce's suggestion of Coleman's is a good one.
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Old 05-25-2005, 12:01 PM   #6
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I really prefer coriander to cumin, and I like a different rub for each cut of meat. Like Bruce said, it depends on what you like. Do you want it hotter, sweeter, or more savory?
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I use a little bit of both corriander and cumin
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There are way too many ways to put rubs together than can be discussed. They are all personal tastes. One of Paul Kirks books deals with the creation of sauces and rubs and how to start to put flavors together. The only advice I might impart here is to use the best quality ingredients you can find. I have fun toasting and grinding my own spices. If you make your own chilie powder one time, I promise you will never go back to store bought again. Recipes are all over the net. Your better stores like Earth Fare or Whole Foods will carry a wider variety and higher quality spice. Penzey's on the net is a good start as well. Enjoy the adventure.

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Old 05-26-2005, 07:20 PM   #9
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The only advice I might impart here is to use the best quality ingredients you can find.
I could not agree more. Best quality ingredients make a huge difference to me. I buy nearly all my dried spices and herbs from Penzey's and have for years. They have consistent quality, good prices, and reasonable and fast shipping.

I, too, toast and grind my own spices and peppers. Hard to beat those flavors.

And I, too, make different rubs for different meats as well as different rubs for different cuts of the same meat. I want the rub to complement the meat and the sauce, so I frequently modify the rub when I'm making a different sauce.

The only thing I'd say additionally (which echoes Jack and Bruce) is to try a good pure chili powder--in place of the paprika and possibly in place of the cayenne as well. Most paprikas don't have a whole lot of flavor but are good carrying agents for the other stuff in the rub; paprika mixes with--and helps--everything spread evenly when you apply it. Cayenne has heat but not lots of flavor. A good pure ground chili (or a blend of 2 or 3) can provide flavor, heat, and the carrying ability of paprika. Ancho has good, somewhat fruity, flavor and is mild. New Mexico chilies are usually hot to extra-hot (there are a couple medium-heat ones), and have good flavor. Guajillo has spice and an earthy, deeper flavor. There are many more.
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A great book you should buy is, Paul Kirk's Championship Barbecue Sauces. He goes step by step on how to make your own original rub. Good advice from a man who knows Q!
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I would leave out the Hickory salt. Might add too much smokiness. Also, I like to use 1/2 kosher salt and 1/2 Lawry's Seasoned salt.
Almost forgot... When I make a batch of rub, after all the ingredients are mixed up, I buzz them for a few seconds in a Braun coffee grinder. One of those 20$ ones. It gives the rub a nice even consistancy.
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I buzz them for a few seconds in a Braun coffee grinder.
I do the same; it's a good suggeston. Do it in batches if you have a lot and don't overfill the grinder. Better to do it quick with a smalll amount and refill than to fill it up.

I don't mix salt into my rub mixes. I salt the meat (using Kosher) first, wait several minutes for the meat to get a nice moist look to it, then apply the rub over the salt. That way I can control how much salt I use and its distribution, and no matter how I apply the rub--thin or heavy--I don't have to worry about there not being enough salt, or ending up with the meat too salty.
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Thanks

Thanks for all the input. =D> Keep posting an I'll keep reading.
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Old 05-31-2005, 04:27 PM   #14
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I too am on the look out for the perfect blend. One thing that I put in my butt rubs is"six pepper spice" that I buy at Sams. Gives the butts a zing, and a what is that flavor. I like it.
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Dale do you add any sugar to that?
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Yes, the 6 pepper spice is just one ingredient.
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Also, try using Turbinado or muscavado sugar as opposed to regular brown sugar. These have higher burn temps and better flavor IMHO! On the chile powder issue. Get it from the best www.penderys.com .
I recommend Top Hat or San Antonio Red as good places to start. They also have a great array of just ground chiles (with no spices added) . I cannot sing their praises enough! Woody
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