Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Best Grill Rubs

Grill rubs are a combination of spices and herbs that infuses flavor on food prior to grilling. Even the humblest blend of salt, pepper and sugar can be enough to make food super tasty. Rubs made of fresh ingredients usually make the best ones. Add cayenne, paprika, tarragon, and other spices, and your grilling is at its best.

Does your pork lack luster? Try the recipe below.

Diva Q's Pork & Chicken Dry Rub by Char Broil Live
Making the best grill rub is establishing a taste -- would it be salty, spicy, sugary, or peppery? Although barbecue rubs are typically dry, although they can also be wet and paste-like. Measure and mix together herbs and spices in a small bowl then rub them onto pork, poultry, or even fish. For best results, do this a day before grilling to allow flavors to develop. For liquid rubs, most of the flavorings used are soluble oils which require coating of the meat with a thin layer. The oil will help the flavor get beyond the surface.

If you want your rub to have some touch of sweetness, use brown cane sugar. Sugar works best for pork. However, direct grilling or roasting can  burn sugar-based dry rubs that can result in an unpleasant odor and flavor of the burnt sugar. Take note that sugar renders best flavors to foods that require short cooking or grilling time where the item is done before sugar has a chance to burn. 

Homemade Blackening Rub by The Home Cellar's Garden
While it's free to mix and match your own sauces, make sure your rub harmonizes with the natural taste of the meat. It may sound like it takes a lot of practice to make a good rub; but all you need to is experiment. Put together all ingredients and blend them thoroughly. Some say salt can dry meat out, but this is not necessarily the case. Salt can actually help in absorbing the flavor in the barbecue rub into the meat. 

More tips: Food that is overpowered by seasoning is unpleasant.