Barbecue Rub 101

by jerseygirl on April 30, 2008 · 2 comments

My husband and I love to cook outside. Right now, we are very grill happy. We have 2 large gas grills and last year for Father’s Day, my husband received the Weber Smoky Mountain Cooker Smoker. This has to be one of his favorite toys. By purchasing this gift, I reaped some great rewards. For one, he does a good part of the summer cooking and two, there are no pots to clean after dinner. Not that I mind cooking, however, I can now concentrate on some great side dishes and desserts. And by no means do I get any enjoyment out of scouring pots!

One of my husband’s grilling strong points are the rubs he makes. He has done a lot of research with his barbecue cookbooks and there is a formula he uses. His rule of thumb is 1/2 cup of seasonings, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/3 cup salt. For seasonings, some of our favorite spices are celery seed, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, chili powder and pepper. We like to use brown or turbinado for our sugar portion and sea salt is our most common choice of salt. This rub is good on chicken quarters (like in the picture above).

For Christmas, my hubby and kids made these cute little rub jars for me. They come in handy for a quick night’s dinner and can be used on meats in the oven as well as the grill. My son’s was called Eddie’s Chicken Rub and my daughter’s was Nicole’s Big Fat Greek seasoning. The Greek seasoning has also been great to sprinkle on salads. If you are ever thinking of a child’s gift to grandparents or other relative, this could be it! And mine are personalized with my children’s picture.

Make Your Own Rub……

1/2 cup seasoning mix (Choose any combination from the following:)
chili powder, celery seed, garlic, basil, parsley, cumin, lemon pepper, cayenne, onion
powder, paprika, etc

1/2 cup sugar (white, brown , turbinado, etc)

1/3 cup salt (garlic salt, sea salt, celery salt, onion salt, etc)

Mix all together in a bowl. Rub on your favorite meats , chicken or fish. Cook the meat and enjoy!

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Veronica April 30, 2008 at 4:20 pm

What a great idea for a gift! Perfect for Father’s Day for Dad or the grilling Granddad! I’m going to have my kids make some.


Jenny April 30, 2008 at 4:39 pm

HI Lisa,
There’s nothing like BBQ’ing outside. Especially when your hubby is doing the grilling!

I’ve never made my own rub before, I’ll have to give it a try next time!


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