Good weather can suggest many things, but for me it means getting the grill ready for some delicious barbecuing, and what better way to get started than by preparing the meat before-hand. One way to do that is with meat rubs. Meat rubs have garnered much popularity with professional chefs and BBQ foodies alike, and understandably so meat rubs are an easy way to amp up the taste of your food.
For those of you who have not yet discovered the world of rubs there are two ways they are used: Dry rubs that are made with specific spices, seasonings and herbs; and wet rubs that are made with moist ingredients. I prefer dry rubs, as they wont burn and you can cook meat such as ribs and briskets much longer. All you have to do is apply a liberal amount of the rub directly onto the meat before grilling or roasting. Dry rubs can also be used as an ingredient in marinades. Marinades and rubs can turn tough cuts of meat into juicy and tender dishes, spike up the taste of bland vegetables, and dazzle even the most basic meal.
As far as what types of meat rubs to use, well at Whole Spice we have several gourmet blends to choose from such as our BBQ Spice Rub, a sassy hot blend of cayenne chile and dark chile powder, cumin and other seasonings. Or try our Bruce Aidells Beef Rub, which is perfect for adding a robust and earthy flavor to steaks, ribs, pork chops and other cuts of meat. For a sizzling taste of Mexico, use our Chipotle Honey Rub just a little amount of this meat rub goes a long way to add a spicy and subtle sweetness to ribs, chicken, tenderloin or anything else you might want to grill. Our other gourmet meat rubs include BBQ Chile Spice Rub, Caribbean Spicy Chicken Rub, and Cajun Seasoning.
As far as which gourmet meat rubs to use, well it all comes down to personal taste! Just work a generous amount into the meat up to 24 hours before cooking, so the blend can penetrate the meat, cover and refrigerate until ready to cook. Apply a second coat of rub to the meat just before grilling. The only other suggestion I can offer is to be adventurous and experiment till your hearts content. You can never go wrong with great tasting BBQ and having fun!