Guide To Using BBQ Rubs

If you are new to grilling and barbecuing, here are some tips to help make sure you are getting the most out of your rub!

There are basically 3 ways to use rubs or seasonings for barbecue

  1. Use it as a seasoning - Sprinkle it on top and grill right away
  2. Massage it into the meat - “Rub” it in for more flavor
  3. Use as a marinade - apply the rub several hours or days before to allow the flavor to penetrate the meat

How Much Rub To Use:

For starters, figure on 2 to 4 teaspoons of rub per pound of meat, poultry, or fish.  Adjust based on your taste preference. 

Beginners Guide For Timing:

  • Very small foods, like shrimp, 10-20 minutes before cooking
  • Thin cuts of single serve portions of meat, like chicken breast, 30-60 minutes before cooking
  • Large or tough cuts, like ribs and whole chickens, 4 hours to overnight
  • Very large or tough cuts, like briskets and pork shoulders, overnight to 24 hours

Once you become a backyard pitmaster, you can experiment and find out what method you like best.  That’s the best part!  

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