BBQ without a good rub is like riding your car without a windshield, it’s not essential .. but not enjoyable either.
You can buy commercially available rubs in a store nearby. But if you want a better rub, you have to go to a specialized BBQ store (usually not nearby) -or- you just create one yourself. This is a basic recipe for a BBQ rub that I mostly use for pork (spareribs, pulled pork, pork belly burnt ends, etc..). It’s got a good kick (from the pepper) and is sweet at the same time. If you really like some spicy flavors you are free to add some cayenne- or chili pepers
BBQ Rub ingredients
|125 grams of rock or kosher salt (no fine table salt)|
|125 grams of brown sugar|
|60 grams of black (crushed) pepper|
|15 grams of smoked paprika powder (sweet)|
|10 grams of paprika powder (mild)|
|15 grams of granulated garlic powder|
|15 grams of onion powder|
|10 grams of mustard powder|
|5 grams of cumin powder|
|30 grams of oregano|
|15 grams of parsley|
Mix all ingredients together in a shaker and and you are ready. As long as you put the rub somewhere dark and dry, you can store it for several months.