You guys may know by now that we’re from Texas, God’s chosen land. And in God’s chosen land, God has chosen for us a delicacy to represent our status as those chosen people living in his land – Barbecue, or BBQ for you abbreviators.
If it’s not, well, you’re wrong. Go sit in the corner.
Spice rubs are an essential part of flavoring meat. Whether you’re smoking it overnight or slow cooking it in the oven, a rub is the way to turn cooked meat into honest-to-pete BBQ. This is a rub I came up with myself after some experimenting, and it makes (at least I think it does) a great gift for the meat chef in your life.
I prefer my BBQ sweet and smoky. Other folks like it differently – some in Texas prefer it so hot it clears your sinuses – but that’s how I make this rub. Here’s all you need:
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp cumin
1 tsp dry mistard
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp onion powder
2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp pepper
That’s it! All you have to do is whisk it all together in a bowl. Easy stuff. If you want some kick to it, feel free to add some cayenne pepper to your taste.
I like to make a paste out of the rub, liquid smoke, and worcestershire sauce and pack it on the outside of the meat. This works great on any meat, but the sweetness especially goes well with pork. However, you can pretty much put it on anything – beef, pork, chicken, a meat tornado –
For a gift, put some in a container and make a simple (MANLY) label. Once again, super easy. The best things are simple, right?