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BBQ Dry Rub Selection Guide

Types of Dry Rubs

There are about as many different Dry Rubs as there are BBQ Sauces.  Backyard enthusiasts and competitive BBQ teams have developed specific dry rubs for each type of meat as well as more general rubs and seasonings intended to use with most all types of meat. Many of these rubs are equally as tasty on vegetables, popcorn and other items.

The important thing to note is "there are no hard and fast rules" when selecting a rub. There are many different types of tastes out there and often selecting the right rub is simply a personal preference. In our personal experience, with few exceptions, most rubs complement a wide variety of meats and vegetables.

This Dry Rub Selection Guide is intended to help the beginner with some ideas regarding which dry rub might be appropriate for your next backyard cookout. We are constantly adding new seasonings and dry rubs to our store, but below are just a few suggestions.

Beef & Steak 
Cajun - We have an overwhelming favorite in this category with a very traditional Cajun flavor: award-winning Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning available in original and hot.

Chicken - You can use almost any of the general purpose and pork dry rubs with chicken. With said we've included some of our favorites here.Brew Butt Chicken Kit
  • Brew Butt Chicken Kit - this is the ultimate in beer can chicken. Comes complete with a delicious seasoning, can for your favorite beverage and instructions. If this interests you. make sure you watch our How to use the Brew Butt Chicken Kit video. 
  • Knox Spice Yummy Chicken Rub - great flavor with minimal spice. Variety of ingredients including sea salt, onion, garlic, black pepper, brown sugar, thyme, chili pepper, sage, oregano, basil and rosemary.
  • Stubb's Chicken Spice Rub - from Texas, this chicken rub blend includes a mix of smoked salt, honey, garlic and mustard. Stubb's has been making legendary BBQ sauces and seasonings since the 1960's.

Bring on the Heat - This category includes the rubs/seasonings that are intended to "light-up" any type of fare. We offer several brands with Chipotle peppers, Habanero Peppers and even Jolokia peppers.

Fish & Seafood - This is one category where we find the selection to be most appropriate for fish andShrimp & Crab Boil seafood. Generally speaking, we have not found any fish or seafood rubs that we prefer for use with pork or brisket.

Some good choices include Hog's Breath Blackening Seasoning and Plump Chef Sunshine Shake. Note that Plump Chef has a distinctive orange flavor. These both pair nicely with all types of fish.

General Purpose - This category leans more toward "seasonings" instead of traditional BBQ, that we really enjoy with everything from meat to vegetables to popcorn.
  • Bacon Salt & Jalapeno Bacon Salt - you've got to like bacon to select this seasoning, but who doesn't? Both of these are wonderful with eggs, pasta, green vegetables.
  • Knox Spice Cracked Pepper - we keep this on the our table all of the time. This is far superior to anypepper that we've tasted. 
  • Minorcan Datil Spice Seasoning - another great general-purpose seasoning, but with one must like oranges. The orange flavor is not overpowering, but it is a major ingredient. Our favorite use for this one is with eggs (fried, scrambled or omelet) and popcorn. Also, nice with chicken, fish and asparagus.
  • Plump Chef Haitian Love Rub Seasoning - this seasoning can quickly help you add flavor without effort. It includes curry, tomato and garlic with a pinch of cayenne pepper. Consider Love Rub with vegetables, rice, seafood and fish. Also, shake Love Rub on chicken breasts, pork chops, pork roasts, shrimp and scallops. Makes an awesome Fish Seasoning.
Jamaican Jerk Style - As rubs go, the jerk category is not overly crowded. We have several that are simply excellent: Knox Spice Jamaican Jerk Rub, Heartbreaking Dawns Dr. Bird Jerk Blend Seasoning, and Busha Browne's Traditional Jerk Seasoning. If you want a little sweeter and less spice, then we recommend Knox Jamaican Jerk. If you prefer a little more spice, then try Dr. Bird Jerk Blend or Buha Browne's. Neither cross over the line of being too spicy/hot.

Pork - The most popular category of rubs with hundreds of products available. Because of all the options available, this may be the most fun category to experiment with in your backyard. The number of quality dry rubs available for pork is staggering. As a result, we've chosen just a sampling of award-winning pork rubs. In no way, is this list complete.
  • Corky's Bar-B-Q Rub - why is this one on this list? Have you tried their BBQ? Have you seen all of the awards? 
  • Cowtown The Squeal BBQ Rub - is the seasoning that helped Cowtown win the American royal Bar-B-Q Contest two times.
  • Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q Rub - the seasoning that helped win four straight World Texas Rib Rangers Dry RubChampionship trophies at the Memphis in May Pork Shoulder Division cook-off. 
  • Bad Byron's Butt Rub - two-time award winner with 1st Place in the NBBQ Awards for Best Pepper Blend Dry Rub and 1st Place Winner in the Fiery Food Challenge from Chile Pepper Cooking Magazine.
  • Sucklebusters Pork and Rib Rub - another multiple award-winning BBQ team including Scovie Awards, the Fiery Food Challenge, the National BBQ Association, the Best of the Best BBQ Sauce Contest and the Hot Pepper Awards.
  • Texas Rib Ranges BBQ Rub - Rib Rangers has over 20 years of winning BBQ contests with dozens of awards. Available in regular and spicy.
All of these rubs and seasonings are available at the Armadillo Pepper on-line store. One of the interesting and fun aspects of backyard BBQ's is trying new seasonings.

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