A rub is an excellent way to add great flavors to your BBQ meat. Just like a marinade (see my other articles for marinade recipes), a rub is applied to the meat prior to cooking, usually from anywhere between 8 to 24 hours to allow all the flavors to mix and be absorbed by the meat. Dry rubs are usually made from a mix of spices and sugar and are applied to the meat by rubbing it all over its surface. Paprika is a very popular spice that is present in most rub recipes since it provides great flavor and contribute to forming that typical red BBQ meat color. Leftover dry rub can be kept in an air tight container in your refrigerator for up to three months. Moist rubs, usually containing oils or other liquids such as lemon juice, should be used immediately and leftovers be discarded.

Pork Rub
Regardless if you are smoking or slow roasting your pork, this rub will give your meat an awesome flavor.
Ingredients: mix 1/3 cup paprika, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 4 tablespoons of black pepper, 2 tablespoons salt, 2 teaspoons of dry mustard and 2 teaspoons cayenne.

Chicken Rub
Perfect for roasted chicken on the BBQ or in the oven.
Ingredients: 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 2 tablespoon black pepper, 2 tablespoon garlic powder, 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper, 3 tablespoon paprika, 2 tablespoon onion powder and 2 tablespoon dry oregano.

Rib Rub
A savory rub for the perfect rack of smoked ribs.
Ingredients: 1/3 cup paprika, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, 3 tablespoons dry mustard, 3 tablespoons onion powder, 3 tablespoons garlic powder, 2 tablespoons dry ground basil, 1 tablespoon red pepper, 2 tablespoons black pepper and 1 tablespoon of salt.

Hamburger Rub
Add some zing to your hamburger with this rub recipe. Cook your beef patty until almost done and then sprinkle this rub liberally on both sides.
Ingredients: 2 teaspoons paprika, 2 tablespoons black pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper.

Fish Rub
This rub uses lemon juice to form a paste. Use a small bowl to combine all of the ingredients and discard any leftovers.
Ingredients: 2 tablespoons lemon pepper, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, 2 tablespoon fresh minced rosemary, 1 tablespoon fresh minced dill, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of black pepper and two cloves of garlic (minced).

Brisket Rub
Perfect for smoked briskets.
Ingredients: 1/2 cup paprika, 1/3 cup brown sugar, 3 tablespoons garlic powder, 3 tablespoons onion powder, 1 teaspoon cayenne,and 2 tablespoons dry oregano.

There you go, six flavorful rub recipes that are guaranteed to provide great flavors to your next BBQ feast.

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Sophie G. Hart