Ridder's Q Club: Basic Go-To Rub

Does the smell of wood smoke excite you? Does it make your saliva glands begin to secrete? Do you love hovering over a fire watching meat being cooked to perfection. Then you are MY kind of people!

Whether it's smoking, roasting, baking, braising or grilling; with quality meats and some imagination, you can create some mouth water meals and memories with loved ones. As a barbecue addict myself I'm here to give you ideas to take your taste buds on a wild ride.

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Ridder's Go To Rub

There are as many ways you can make rubs as what you can put them on. The one basic in every rub is salt and sugar. If you're not into making a rub or stocking the ingredients to make one, you can always buy on in a store. However you save so much money making your own. Here's a simple one to start.


  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup paprika
  • 1/4 cup Kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons cumin powder
  • 2 Tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Mix together and use generously. I usually use regular yellow mustard on the meat I'm cooking to help the rub stick better, but occasionally you can also use honey, syrup, or evoo. I mix mine up in a mason jar and keep what is leftover sealed and stored in the cupboard for future use.

Although I do like to experiment with different rubs and pastes, this is an easy one that goes great on just about anything including beef, pork, or chicken! In any recipe where I don't specify a unique rub, this is the one I'm using.

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