Steven Raichlen's Barbecue! Bible


Make Any BBQ Rub with the Rub Matrix

Make Any BBQ Rub with the Rub Matrix

OK, folks. Back to school? Back to chemistry class. I promise to make this painless. You already know the formula to Raichlen’s Rub (a.k.a. the only barbecue rub you will ever need in this life), right?

Well, here, in easy-to-understand chart form, is how to customize that rub to produce a wide range of flavors and ethnic character. In other words, by subtly varying each core ingredient—and adding strategic aromatics—you can create an infinite variety of rubs.

Master formula for basic barbecue rub (equal parts each, plus aromatics to taste):

    salt + pepper + paprika + sugar (+ aromatics) = BBQ bliss

Master formula for brisket/beef rib rub (equal parts of each):

    coarse sea salt + cracked black peppercorns + hot pepper flakes (or to taste) = brisket bliss

MATRIX FOR DRY RUBS:

Pick one from each column.

Rub Matrix 1-530

    *available from Alaska Pure Sea Salt Co.

MATRIX FOR WET RUBS (SPICE PASTES):

Pick one from each column.

Rub Matrix 2-530

TRADITIONAL RUB COMBINATIONS:

By subtly varying the ingredients, you can give each rub a different ethic character.

Rub Matrix 3 final-530

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