The starting point for many great BBQ dishes, there’s very little meat that doesn’t benefit from the liberal use of a well flavoured rub. This is a great base recipe to get you started, but you should really try to experiment and find a recipe that you love. The combination of the salt and the sugar starts to cure the meat, exchanging flavours with the moisture at the surface, and creating that wonderful BBQ ‘bark’ so well loved by BBQ aficionados.
As with all spices, once mixed you should store them in a cool dark place.
- 8 tbsp sea salt
- 8 tbsp paprika
- 6 tbsp light brown sugar
- 5 tbsp garlic granules
- 5 tbsp onion powder
- 5 tbsp cracked black pepper
- 4 tbsp chili powder
- 4 tbsp ground allspice
- 4 tbsp cumin
- 4 tbsp fennel seeds
- Weigh out all of the ingredients into a bowl
- Put the lot through a blender and blitz to the required consistency. Keep it fairly coarse for a rub, go extra fine if planning to use it as a seasoning to shake onto cooked foods.
- Transfer to two jars or containers and seal.