BBQ Flavor 101: Making a BBQ Rub

Spices, spices, spices… I have grown up around spices and flavors my whole life. I never really payed attention until I overheard an episode of 30 Minute-Meals with Rachel Ray. I don’t remember the specific episode but she described rosemary as “Citrus” and nutmeg as “Earthy”. She was explaining how pairing some spices with specific foods can make or break a dish. This peaked my interest and led me down the path I am on today.

When I first discovered the power of spices I experimented with a lot of different and exotic flavors. I applied them to all kinds of different foods. I would add paprika to Mac & cheese, oregano and rosemary to eggs, herbal tea to steak, cinnamon and cayenne pepper to corn, and all types of random flavors to anything I felt needed a kick of flavor. I was writing things down trying to find great flavors. I was making a by hand version of McCormick’s FlavorPrint. I’m not affiliated with them but I would recommend poking around there, their suggestion engine is pretty good.

One day my wife wanted steaks, I went to the local super market and picked up some ribeye steaks. Going back to the flavors I was playing with I decided to try a basic rub and it was awesome! I have a rub recipe that I am keeping to my self but this recipe is similar to how I started. Feel free to take this and experiment on your own, it’s about finding the flavors you like. The amounts given are meant for a single portion, feel free to use more for larger quantities.


So first off you are going to need:

  • A small mixing bowl
  • Measuring spoons
  • A microplane
  • A whisk


Now for the rub:

  • 1Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1Tbsp Cracked Black Pepper
  • 1Tbsp Rosemary
  • 1Tbsp Basil
  • 1Tbsp Oregano
  • 2 Tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 clove of Garlic

Mix thoroughly and this is what you will have.


Make sure you Always Rub Your Meat!


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