Homemade BBQ Rub

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Homemade BBQ Rub

Homemade BBQ Rub

In an effort to control the spiciness and salt in many pre-made rubs I came up with this easy to alter homemade BBQ rub for meat, which can also be turned into a marinade. The following recipe has a well rounded smokiness to it however you can easily add some heat to it if that is your preference.

Homemade BBQ Rub Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika, sweet or smoked
  • 1 teaspoon dried onion (preferably) or onion powder will easily work
  • 1 crushed bay leaf, make your own by pulsing in a coffee grinder.
Homemade BBQ Rub Directions
  1. Mix all ingredients well.
  2. Rub onto both sides of ribs, pork roast, chops, chicken or add in or on hamburgers, wrap in plastic wrap and let meat set for 2-3 hours minimum (at room temperature or in refrigerator).
  3. Store remaining rub in an airtight labeled container in the pantry.

I like this recipe because it’s not too spicy for my taste, but if you want to add some heat to this rub, add 1 tsp (at a time) of Chipotle, Cayenne pepper or other chili pepper of your choice. Taste after each addition until you reach the level of heat that you want. You can always add more of an ingredient; however, it is difficult to repair an over seasoned recipe.

Homemade BBQ Marinade
  • 3 Tbsp canola or olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp rice, white or apple cider vinegar
  • 2-3 Tbsp BBQ rub above to start with

Add all ingredients to a large baggie, massage to blend and taste. If you want more seasoning add 1 Tbsp at a time and taste again. Add meat and marinade 3 hours to overnight.

Be sure to balance 1 part vinegar to 3 parts oil when making a marinade. I prefer using rice vinegar or apple cider vinegar simply because they offer another dimension of flavor and they are not as harsh as white vinegar. If you try this homemade BBQ rub or the marinade out, let me know what you think.

Bon Appetite ~  Valerie

Photo Credit: LongbournFarm

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