|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 1g||1%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||1%|
|Total Carbohydrate 11g||4%|
|Dietary Fiber 2g||9%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
This is a fantastic, classic-style Carolina barbecue rub recipe courtesy of Chuck Ozburn. Quick to make and easy to use, this rub is a simple combination of seasonings and flavorings and is an excellent addition to pork chops, ribs, and roasts.
Sometimes it's not clear if our jarred herbs and spices are past their prime—if they're old, they can smell musty or less than flavorful. A rub is only as good as its ingredients, and to really maximize the flavor, you can buy your herbs in bulk at many supermarkets or health food stores. This will ensure that your mix is as best as it can be.
While this recipe makes 1 cup, it's easily doubled if more is needed. And although it's definitely designed for things like traditional Carolina pulled pork, it's perfect for racks of ribs, or even simple grilled pork, steak, or chicken.
- 1/4 cup (60 milliliters) paprika
- 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) salt
- 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) white sugar
- 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) ground cumin (cumin powder)
- 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) chili powder
- 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
Gather the ingredients.
In a small bowl, combine paprika, salt, white sugar, brown sugar, ground cumin, chili powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper. Use as a dry rub on pork, chicken, beef, lamb, and vegetables. Make sure that the rub has a fine consistency and that the brown sugar leaves no clumps.
To apply the rub, gently pat onto all surfaces of meat and cook as directed.
How to Store Carolina BBQ Rub
Store this rub in a cool, dry place in an airtight container. Be sure to label it and put the date on it. It will keep for six months or longer.
- For ease of applying the rub on meat, put it in a spice shaker and shake it all over the meat's surfaces. The general rule of thumb is however much of the seasoning sticks to the meat is the amount that you need.
- Feel like adding some zest to your veggies? Try some of this rub on grilled corn on the cob, zucchini, or yellow squash.
- Carolina BBQ rub makes a great gift. Feel free to double or triple the amount and gift it in clear glass jars. Be sure to affix a label with the date it was prepared.