Homemade Dry Rub

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|by Erica

I wanted to share my favorite homemade dry rub recipe with you. This delicious blend of spices is perfect for adding a wonderful flavor to your grilled or roasted meats. I love making my own dry rub because I can customize it to my liking and control the ingredients.

Homemade Dry Rub

It’s super easy and versatile, making it a staple in my kitchen. So, if you’re looking to elevate your dishes with some mouthwatering seasoning, give this homemade dry rub recipe a try!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons steak seasoning (McCormick)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions:

  1. In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together.
  2. Store the dry rub in an air-tight container for up to a few months.
  3. Rub it on chicken, ribs, steak, pork, and meats. The recipe creator mentions doubling the portions of the dry rub and storing it in a glass jar.

Tips for Perfecting this Dry Rub Recipe

Balancing Flavors: The key to a great dry rub is balancing the flavors. Adjust the amount of sugar, salt, and spices according to your taste preference. For a spicier rub, you can increase the amount of cayenne pepper.

Quality of Ingredients: Use fresh, high-quality spices for the best flavor. Stale spices can significantly diminish the taste of the rub.

Rub Application: Apply the rub generously to the meat and ensure it’s evenly coated. For deeper flavor penetration, you can apply the rub and let the meat marinate in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.

Storage: Store the dry rub in an airtight container to keep it fresh. If you make a large batch, note the date on the container so you can keep track of its freshness.

Experimentation: Feel free to experiment by adding or substituting ingredients. For example, you might add dried herbs like thyme or oregano, or use brown sugar instead of white for a different flavor profile.

Cooking Method: This rub can be used for various cooking methods such as grilling, baking, roasting, or smoking. The cooking method can influence the final taste of the meat, so choose one that complements the flavors of the rub.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I substitute any of the spices in the recipe?

Yes, you can customize the dry rub by substituting or adding spices according to your taste preferences. For example, you might add dried herbs or use different types of sugar for varying flavors.

How long can I store the dry rub?

The dry rub can be stored in an airtight container for up to a few months. Ensure it’s kept in a cool, dry place to maintain its freshness.

Is this rub suitable for all types of meat?

Yes, this versatile rub can be used on various meats including ribs, chicken, steak, pork, and turkey. It’s designed to complement a wide range of BBQ dishes.

How much rub should I use on the meat?

Apply the rub generously to ensure the meat is evenly coated. The amount can vary depending on personal taste and the type of meat being seasoned.

Can I make this rub less spicy?

Absolutely. If you prefer a milder flavor, reduce or omit the cayenne pepper from the recipe.

Is it necessary to let the meat marinate with the rub before cooking?

While not necessary, marinating the meat with the rub for a few hours or overnight can enhance the flavors and result in more tender and flavorful meat.

Homemade Dry Rub

This Homemade Dry Rub blend of spices is perfect for adding a wonderful flavor to your grilled or roasted meats.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons steak seasoning McCormick
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  • In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together.
  • Store the dry rub in an air-tight container for up to a few months.
  • Rub it on chicken, ribs, steak, pork, and meats. The recipe creator mentions doubling the portions of the dry rub and storing it in a glass jar.

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    Hi there! I’m Erica,

    A highly passionate individual with a deep love for creating delicious and creative recipes that are perfect for any occasion. With an extensive background in the culinary arts and a strong flair for experimentation, I strive to push the boundaries of traditional cooking and deliver exceptional dishes that not only satisfy the palate but also ignite a sense of culinary adventure.

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