The sun is out, drinks chilling and the beef is marinating. Good work, yeah?
Absolutely, but could it be even better?
According to barbecue experts, marinating is out and dry rubs are in. While a good marinade may make the heart grow tender, they never work quickly, and when you’re in the throes of Summer fun sometimes you just don’t want to wait.
Dry rubs work faster, penetrate deeper, and even better, don’t contain the oil or sugars that tend to flame up and give your barbecued works of art that slightly too barbecued look – and taste. They are a great way to add loads of flavour to meat, poultry and fish without adding lots of extra fat.
A rub can be applied to meat right before cooking, and the ingredients can be sourced from nearly any spice rack. So whether you’re firing up the barbecue for friends on a Friday night, whipping up an easy weeknight dinner, or getting your Street Feast on in style, these simple recipes will make you flip.
Classic Barbecue Rub
This simple classic is made from basic spice cupboard ingredients. Put paprika and chilli into anything and you’ll win the hearts of barbecue lovers everywhere.
- 4 tbsp smoked paprika (buy the best quality you can afford)
- 1 tbsp fine sea salt
- 1 tbsp cracked black pepper
- 1 tbsp garlic granules or powder
- 1 tsp onion powder (optional but recommended)
- 1 tsp chilli powder
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- 1 tbsp ground cumin
Spiced Moroccan Lamb Rub
When a recipe’s main ingredients include chilli, coriander and garlic, you’ve already won me over.
- 2 tsps hot chilli powder
- 1 tsp salt
- Half tsp freshly ground black pepper
- Half tsp ground coriander
- Half tsp ground cumin
- Half tsp caraway seeds
- Quarter tsp garlic powder
This rub has been sent from the heavens to accompany any piece of poultry your heart desires.
- 2 tsp. sage
- 1 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1 tsp marjoram
- 3/4 tsp rosemary
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
Italian Herb Rub
Who doesn’t love a little Italian-inspired something every now and then? Heck, every night is delicious in our book!
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons sea salt
- 2 tablespoons dried oregano
- 2 tablespoons dried basil
- 2 tablespoons dried parsley
Sweet ‘N’ Salty Rib Rub
The best of both worlds, this sweet and savoury rub is especially good for Memphis style ribs.
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon coarse sea salt
- 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika (hot or mild, whichever you prefer)
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 1 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper