|BBQ Dry Rub for Ribs|
What can be better than the aromas of fine barbecued meats sending up wafting smoke to tickle the noses of some of the most discerning palates. Driven by full flavored bbq rubs for ribs and meats these are rich, natural flavors that combine to make your particular brand of barbecue the best it could possibly be. We like to say that ribs taste good thinking that the meat itself is the primary actor in this chorus of taste. But in fact, the meat is actually the carrier of some of the finest spices and seasonings available to man. Believing and saying that meats taste good is driven directly through the barbecue, and grilling or smoking process.
BBQ Rub types defined by Webster as "a mixture of herbs and spices and similar dry ingredients that are rubbed onto the surface of food (most often meat) to add flavor. The dry rub also creates a crust on the surface of food that is grilled or broiled." So, this belief that meats taste good is subject to the combinations that employed in the actual makeup of the dry rub itself. And where a dry rub for ribs is concerned it's the combination of juices, liquids, sinews, powders, granules, and spices all combined to deliver one specific taste at one specific point in time.
Taste is somewhat subjective since each of us has a different level of sensation, especially where our palates are concerned. But what we know is that each of us technically can discern the difference between sugar, salts, spices, and herbs. And so when we say that a bbq rub is "good". What we are in fact complimenting is the expression of those salts or peppers on our palate.
The best bbq dry rubs for ribs and meats is one that commonly uses salt and pepper.
A key component in bbq rubs like Montreal, Jerk, Texas Style is salt defined as a savory component that is a white crystalline substance that gives seawater its characteristic taste and is used for seasoning or preserving food. Whereas pepper is defined as being pungent, hot-tasting powder or granules prepared from dried and ground peppercorns commonly used also to spice food or is reserved as a condiment for the purposes of adding flavor. Each of these elements serves their individual needs, however, when added to foods they present themselves and additionally heighten the flavors of that item they are added to.
In the case of dry rubs, we focus on the big four, salts and peppers that are combined with additional sugary, and spice-laden elements to create flavor as the dry rub is tasted on the palate.
General Rib Rubs takes advantage of the very nature of spices, salts, and peppers each of these elements presenting them in balance drawing out the natural flavor of the meat. Similar to musical composition flavors come into focus at key moments during the orchestral equivalent of the chorus of smoke, heat, time, meat makeup and personal desire formulated as a degree of hunger.
A bbq rib rub is much like a wine with its complexities in that the dry rubs first notes can be determined on the palate first with its individual saltiness, followed by an herb note and complimented with sugars either white or brown and finally a pepper-laden note. A good dry rub takes advantage of the science afforded it and seeks to draw out the best flavors of the meat it is presented on. But bbq rub for ribs alone are not enough to improve the flavor of the meat. First one must start with a reasonable cut that is properly trimmed and prepared.
When it comes to smoking meats or in the case of Bresaola where dried meats employ the use of dry rubs we look to combinations of salts sugars, peppers and herbs to drive home their place in the symposium. The critical elements are ensuring that the dry rub doesn't conflict with the desired end result of the seasoning blend. A dry rub that is heavily laden in sugar might not be the right fit for the wood smoke that is strong in ash or black walnut. The fact that the wood may impart a bitter taste to the food is enough to reconsider the type of wood used. Better woods for sugary laden dry rubs might be cherry or apricot that adds a mild almost hickory note that goes well with poultry and pork.
Dry rubs that are laden in salts and herbs may well benefit from smoking woods like Apple, Almond, and Citrus varieties. One wood type that gets very little airtime in Grapevine. I've used grapevines a number of times and the smoke that is derived from the bark is almost sweet in flavor aromatic with hints of sweet grapes. A truly awesome wonder wood type for smoking.
But back to our primary topic: What makes a Dry Rub good or great for smoking? The end result is the trigger for finding the right type of wood. Whether your focus is to smoke steaks, ribs or chops each has its own brand or type of wood that favors smoking. The critical makeup of dry rubs for Steaks is its ability to impart an almost earthiness to the meat much like that which is delivered when using Hickory or Red Oak. For ribs, one wants to truly taste the pork goodness and only woods like Almond, Peach, Plum, Apple, and Red Oak deliver that rich smokiness that matches the sugars, salts, herbs and spices of the dry rub.
When properly paired with wood smoke dry rub ribs can impart a sense of luxury and extravagance to the meat. We've paired our best dry rubs with some key wood types to help you in your decision making. See our listing below as a guide. In addition, we've added some of our best dry rub for ribs recipes. These recipes are easy to make and make use of ingredients that every household has on hand. But let's look at our stock of dry rubs for ribs options when combined with key smoking woods that will make your barbecue exceptional.
Santa Barbara Rub (Alder, Apricot, Grapevine, Mesquite, Orange, Pecan)
San Ysidro Rub (Red Oak, Almond, Peach, Grapevine, Mesquite, Pecan, Pear)
Santa Maria Dry Rub (Almond, Peach, Red Oak, Mesquite, Hickory, Lemon)
Memphis Blues Dry Rub (Almond, Peach, Grapevine, Hickory, Cherry, Maple, Grapefruit)
California Chipotle Dry Rub (Peach, Plum, Cherry, Apple, Grapevine, Red Oak, Almond)
California Chicken Dry Rub (Almond, Red Oak, Mesquite, Cherry, Apple, Grapevine, Maple, Mulberry)
Best Dry Rub for Ribs Recipes:
Homemade Cajun Rib Rub Recipe
Santa Maria Basic Rib Rub
Brown Sugar Sweet and Spicy Rib Rub
Santa Maria Rib Rub Brown Sugar Recipe
Ranch Style Rib Rub Recipe
Smoky Rib Rub Recipe
Chicago Style Rib Rub Recipe
- 4 Tablespoons Sugar
- 2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Black Pepper
- 2 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
- 1 Tablespoon Chili Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Garlic Powder
Coriander Tarragon Rib Rub
Greek Style Ribs
Merlot Dry Rub Ribs
Rosie's Rib Rub Recipe
Sesame Rib Rub Recipe
Each of these dry rubs is designed to impart just the right amount of flavor at just the right time. But the real test is in the results you will receive.
Last but not least is the mental imagery that one receives when you try out your very favorite ribs recipes. I often tell people that barbecue is about memory and a form of that muscle memory for the palate and the brain. Most people will gravitate to experiences they had when they were young children, especially where barbecue is concerned. Each of us is trying to bring back our most favorite experience and that absolutely awesome, burger, steak, ribs, chops or whatever that item might be. We at Jake's Famous understand that mental focus and our products are designed with that key element in mind. We are constantly working to get your mind and thoughts back to happier experiences be it without Famous barbecue sauces, our amazing dry rubs or our award-winning condiments.
The real key to what makes ribs good or great is the memory it holds for the user. We believe that you will enjoy making memories with each and every one of our products.
Finally, our recommendations whether you use Jake’s Famous Foods natural dry rub for ribs or you make your own is to focus primarily on the type of meat you desire to cook. Spend some time evaluating the desired end results of your grilling efforts. Consider whether or not you want the final result to have a savory, salty finish, an herb centric focus or somewhat subtle and sweet. By deciding early on you’ll give yourself the best possible chance for success as you expand your grilling skills.
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