Rubs Go to rub recipes

Bama BBQ

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Guntersville, Alabama
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  1. Bull
Anyone care to share their most go to Rub Recipes ?
I'm asking about your rubs that are good on pork, beef & poultry, the most common cooks you make.

One I'm currently using:

1/2 cup smoked spanish paprika
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp. white or black pepper (fresh ground pepper corn is best)
1 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. ( kosher or sea salt )
1 tbsp. onion powder

1 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional) for those who like hot wings or ribs.

This is quick to make, stores good & yields around 1 1/3 cup, creates a great bark & or crispy skin on poultry.
Have also used this rub applied lightly to various seafoods including shrimp, salmon, smoked mullet etc. with "small adjustments" that may or may not include lemon pepper.

Greg Jones

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Berea, Kentucky
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  1. Bull
  2. Trailblazer
  3. Bullseye
  4. Matador
  5. WyldSide
My got-to rub for pork and chicken:

1 cup turbinado sugar (or 1/2 cup light brown sugar and 1/2 cup dark brown sugar)
2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
2 tablespoons yellow mustard powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons paprika

For beef, I’ve always favored a salt-pepper-garlic powder blend, but lately I’ve really been liking salt-pepper and Boars Night Out White Lightning.


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Branchburg, New Jersey
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There are some really good commercially made rubs that I use all the time. Figure if they are that good, I will probably not raise the bar much doing it on my own.

That being said, I do make one rub when cooking lamb chops or rack of lamb. Really does a nice job with the seasoning of those two cuts of meat, and the paprika adds a nice color. I am not good with recipes, so I always make it by just look and taste. I usually make enough to last 4-5 cooks.
Base is Lamb Seasoning from Penzys, then I add tandoori seasoning, a little smoke paprika, sweet paprika and dried mint leaves. I ground the mint leaves in the palm of my hand so it mixes with the other spices better. A real good rub for lamb chops and rack of ribs. Just add more or less of each ingredient to meet your taste when putting the rub together. Sorry I do not have exacts.


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Knoxville, TN
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I make close variations to the first two in this thread. I also like to add corriander too. I'm not much on bought rubs, but I do like the Kosmos dirty bird and their dusts.

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