Barbecue Recipes For Barbecue Season

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Barbecue Recipes For Barbecue Season

By Wanda Clark

MEMORIAL DAY USHERS IN THE warm weather—and barbecue season. If the weather permits, cooking outside boosts flavors and fellowship! I’m always looking for ways to enhance flavors and add variety to everything we cook. Rubs are a great way to enhance the flavor of chicken, pork or beef for grilling. I use dehydrated, freeze-dried, and powdered products to create rub mixes. I use Mason jars to mix and store rubs that are always ready for the impromptu barbeque. Always shake the jar well before each use.

To use the rubs, I typically coat the meat with a small amount of oil—I typically use olive oil. Sprinkle the rub generously onto the meat—patting just enough to make the rub stick to the meat. The flavors are best incorporated into the meat if you place the meat with the rub in the refrigerator overnight. But at our house, I’m often preparing the meat while my husband is getting the grill ready—and we really enjoy the results.

You can create your own rubs by combining spices and flavors to please your family’s taste preferences. I like to create rub mixes that add flavor varieties that are not readily available on my grocery store shelf. These are a few of my favorites you will find stored in my pantry.


Old Fashioned Rub

Great on poultry, pork or beef
½ cup rubbed sage
¼ cup ground dried rosemary
¼ cup garlic powder
¼ cup ground black pepper
2 tablespoons ground mustard
1 tablespoon paprika


Savory Rub

Great on ribs, steaks or burgers
½ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup paprika
1 tablespoon mustard powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 ½ teaspoon ground coriander
1 ½ teaspoon ground savory
1 ½ teaspoon dried thyme
1 ½ teaspoon black pepper
1 ½ teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground cumin


Texas Style Rub

Great on ribs, steaks or burgers
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup sea salt
¼ cup paprika
½ cup chili powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons ground dry mustard
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 tablespoon hickory smoked salt
1 tablespoon dried minced garlic
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon black pepper


Indian-style Rub

Great on chicken or pork
¼ cup smoked paprika
¼ cup chili powder
¼ cup curry powder
¼ cup ground cumin
¼ cup garlic powder
4 teaspoons ground turmeric
4 teaspoons ground cardamom
4 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons dry mustard
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
2 teaspoons garam masala
½ teaspoon rubbed sage
½ teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper


Mediterranean Style Spice Rub

Great on poultry or pork
½ cup sea salt
½ cup ground cinnamon
¼ cup ground coriander
¼ cup ground cumin
¼ cup ground nutmeg
¼ cup black pepper


Greek Spice Rub

Great on poultry, pork or beef
1 tablespoon sea salt
2 tablespoons black pepper
¼ cup onion powder
¼ cup garlic powder
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon dried marjoram
¼ cup dried oregano
2 tablespoons dried parsley
2 tablespoons dried thyme

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