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Use Cocoa in Your Sweet and Spicy Rubs for a Taste Explosion

We have talked a bit about using chocolate with peppers before.  Using Chocolate mixed with chipotle or cayenne in your favorite rub is an amazing addition that will make a big difference in the flavor enhancement of the meat.

People that have added some regular cocoa (not candy or hot cocoa mix as that has sugar in it) have been singing the praises because of the additional depth of flavor.  Ribs, both beef and pork, are coming off the grill with awesome flavor. Use it on your chicken and you will be loving it.  Many people are using it on roasts, … Continue Reading

Memphis BBQ Rub Recipe


  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

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Award Winning Baby Back Rib Recipe


  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 pounds baby back pork ribs
  • 1 cup barbeque sauce

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Tips for Using Dry Rubs on Meat, Fish & Poultry

Using dry rubs is a popular alternative to barbeque sauces and we carry several great ones here as well.  Here are a few tips on how to use them on your meat, fish and poultry dishes.

Before you begin to use the dry rub it is best to wash your meat under cool running water and pat it dry with a paper towel. Always inspect your meat for any defects or foul odors, if you detect them, discard and use a different piece of meat.

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Chili Lime Rub


  • 1 t chili powder
  • 1 t granulated garlic
  • 1/2 t cumin
  • 1/2 t coriander
  • 1/2 t oregano
  • 1/8- 1/4 t cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 t salt
  • 1/4 t black pepper
  • 1 lime (about 2 T lime juice)
  • 1 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 lbs flank steak, or other good grilling cut (tenderloin, NY strip, and tri-tip all work well)

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BBQ’N Fools Signature Seasoning Review

BBQ’N Fools Signature Seasoning- This is a spicy seasoning useful as a rub and especially good in soups and chili. The basics of the mix include salt, paprika, red bell peppers, green onions, onions, garlic, and an assortment of spices that give BBQ’N Fools Signature Seasoning it’s pleasing personality. Since BBQ’N Fools makes a great tasting BBQ’N Fools barbecue sauce, I wasn’t surprised the seasoning measured up.

While I did try it on steaks in the broiler and pork steaks on the grill, my big surprise came when I used it to season a bowl of chili. Continue Reading

Cowtown Sweet Spot BBQ Rub Review

Cowtown Sweet Spot BBQ Rub – Cowtown barbecue sauce is one of the finer barbecue sauces on the market, with a true Kansas City barbecue flavor that any barbecue fan will dig. It’s only natural to have a Kansas City Cowtown barbecue rub to go with it. Any rub that insinuates it can deliver the taste of Kansas City style barbecue better deliver. This one does. Not only does it deliver, it delivers big.

There’s sugar, salt, spices, Worcestershire sauce powder, tamarind, paprika, and a set of spices in Cowtown Sweet Spot BBQ Rub that were meant to be rubbed on your meat. Seriously, this is a rub you can apply straight to the meat before you throw it on the grill. Continue Reading

Kick Butt Chili Lime Rub Review

Kick Butt Chili Lime Rub – This is an awesome rub. The weather in Georgia has been great for barbecue. If there’s one thing my family loves to do, it’s step outside and grill up some great meat products. We eat the good stuff too, so if we’re going to put something on it, it has to measure up. A good rub should not cover up the flavor of good steak, ribs, chicken, or fish. It should enhance.

Kick Butt Chili Lime Rub does just that. I have only one complaint and I’ll get that out of the way first. There could have been a slight bit less salt and a little more lime, but hey, that might just be me. I like the taste of lime, and believe me, it’s in here. Along with the lime comes a dose of chili powder (for the kick in Kick Butt), brown sugar, salt, garlic, onion, and tomato powder. Continue Reading

Mary’s Cherry Rub Review

Mary’s Cherry Rub – I was excited to try this rub. The first thing I did was rub it into some t-bone steaks and throw the steaks in the broiler. I didn’t add any other flavorings because I wanted to taste how this cherry rub worked on its own. The ingredients include sugar, brown sugar, dehydrated onion, garlic, ancho peppers, smoke flavoring, and cherry flavoring. The tempting aroma that wafted from the oven as the steak sizzled away with this stuff on it made my stomach growl in anticipation.

I wasn’t as pleased with the taste Mary’s Cherry Rub on the t-bone as I thought I would be. To be fair, though, my mother-in-law loved it and so did my wife. Continue Reading

Blackening Seasoning Recipe


  • 4 tablespoons paprika
  • 4 tablespoons salt
  • 4 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried chives
  • 1 teaspoon white peppercorns, cracked
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns, cracked
  • 1 teaspoon green peppercorn, cracked
  • 1 teaspoon red peppercorns, cracked Continue Reading

Championship BBQ Ingredients – Rubs and Mop Sauce

If you ask the BBQ experts rubs and mop sauces are key to every Championship BBQ team. They have distinct purposes in the smoking process to make the meat taste moist and delicious.

- Rub that meat

The bbq rub is a must have ingredient for the bbq or smoking process. There are two key concepts to keep in mind when creating you own rub. The proportion of salt should be great enough to trigger osmosis and begin to draw the moisture from the surface of the meat, and the amount of sugar should not be excessive because it will caramelize and burn during smoking and leave the meat with a bitter taste. Dry rubs are used to coat the meat and adds a flavorful crust to the meat.

Below are rub bases that you can create a variation of to create your own dry rub.

InsaneChicken’s BBQ Rub

3 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons crushed red pepper
1/2 tablespoon dry rosemary
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon dry sage In a large bowl, mix salt. crushed red pepper, dry rosemary, chopped garlic, cayenne pepper, dry sage and paprika
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