Start with a variety of ingredients, and make "customized rubs" while talking through the tips of making a great rub.
-Start with either a salt or a sugar as your base.
-Add spices, limited only by your creativity.
-Wrap your meat with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
-Let your meat "marinate" for at least 30 minutes.
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Points to remember:
-Be creative! So many of the best rubs are created by accident.
-Try different salts and sugars. Sea Salt, or smoked salt each have a very unique flavor. The same goes for white sugar, brown sugar, or turbinado sugar.
-After applying your rub, Cover your meat for at least 30 minutes before cooking -Sugar burns easily, so if you choose to add it to your rub, you'll need to cook it below 375 degrees.
-If you want to do a cocoa rub, use Dutch process cocoa. It has a smaller grind, and tastes less gritty.
-Remember aromatics! Onion and garlic powder go a long way to tie your rub together.
-Stick with hearty herbs and spices. Cinnamon, oregano, nutmeg, coffee, cocoa, dry garlic and rosemary are great. Basil, cilantro, fresh garlic, and fresh parsley are more likely to burn.
-Be careful with acidic ingredients such as citrus juices in a "wet rub," as they tend to make the meat mushy.
Tom's Easy Pork Rub:
2 cups brown sugar
2 Tbs sea salt
1 Tsp ground chipotle pepper.
Combine all ingredients and mix well. Apply at least 2 Tbs of rub for every pound of pork.
Cover the pork with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Grill over low heat until cooked to desired temperature.