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DIY | 3 Tasty Dry Rubs For Your Grill

Have you guys ever heard of dry rubs? They are the latest craze at the moment, and I do like to work with them as well. They’re easy to mix and easy to handle, and you don’t have to marinate your meat or fish for ages. Moreover, a marinate may cover up the natural flavour of the meat, dry rubs only works in the background. Besides a rub is wonderful to store! So I thought after my special grill recipes from last week, something for the traditional meat lover would be appropriate.

What are Dry Rubs?

Dry rubs mostly consist of dry ingredients that you ‘rub’ into the meat (hence the name ‘dry rub’). While the rub above all marinates the grillables, it also makes a nice crust when being grilled. A good usually consists of the four ‘S’: Sugar, savory, spices and herbs, and spicy. While Sugar usually functions as flavour enhancer and browns the meat, savory refers to all the spices creating savory flavours. They come from amino acids called glutamates, for example, and the artificial version is widely used in Asian fast food. Not everyone can stomach artificial glutamates! Natural glutamates may come from fat, obviously, but even from tomatoes and parmesan.

Spices and herbs are obviously an important factor for dry rubs, and since there are so many, the possibilities are endless. In addition to that, a spicy element in a dry rub can really excite your taste buds! Maybe in form of black pepper, or chilli flakes, or ginger.

The Recipes

Nori Sesame Rub

  • 2½ tbsp. of sesame seeds
  • 2 nori leaves
  • 1 tbsp. coarse sea salt
  • 1½ tbsp. black peppercorns
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • ½ tbsp. garlic powder

Toast the sesame seeds in a pan without oil, then remove them from the pan and let them cool. Chaff the nori leaves in your blender until you have fine flakes. Then crush salt, pepper, sugar, nori flakes and sesame seeds in a mortar. Then mix in the garlic powder.

Although this mix smells a little bit like fish food because of the nori leaves, don’t worry! Its tart flavour is perfect for grilled fish. The rub is for about 500-600 g of grillables.

Coffee Chilli Rub

  • 2 tsp. coarse sea salt
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. black peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp. chilli flakes
  • ½ tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. coffee powder

Initially crush the salt, sugar and pepper in your mortar. Then add the chilli flakes and the garlic powder and continue crushing the mixture. At the end mix in the coffee powder.

This rub is pretty spicy and aromatic and makes a nice crust while the meat remains nice and juicy. It fits wonderfully to steak or other beef. The rub is for about 500-600 g of grillables.

Cajun Rub

  • Now2 tsp. coarse sea salt
  • 1 tsp. black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • 1 mace
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. paprika powder
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper

Firstly grind the salt, pepper, sugar, cumin and the mace in a mortar. Then add garlic powder, paprika, thyme, oregano and cayenne pepper. Mix and grind again.

This rub is quite sweet and spicy (nice mix) and is an exotic addition to chicken or classic surf and turf recipes. Prawns would taste amazing with this, too! The rub is for about 500-600 g of grillables.

I am already really looking forward to tasting these dry rubs on the meat/fish/etc., I bet they taste wonderful. And I am definitely thinking about trying to use the mixtures as normal spice blend, maybe even for stir fries! Although I think the best part is that the dry rubs make a perfect little gift for someone, especially in such cute containers. So what do you think? Will you try one of them for your next grilling session?

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    1st June 2017 at 9:06 pm

    I love those rub recipes! My father use to mix ingredients for flavor!

    • Michelle
      1st June 2017 at 9:07 pm

      Thank you!

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    3rd June 2017 at 9:41 am

    Hey thanks for this idea i love food items very much.

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    4th June 2017 at 4:13 pm

    Good post, maybe I should try it!

    • Michelle
      4th June 2017 at 4:40 pm

      You definitely should, it’s so worth it!

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    6th June 2017 at 4:55 pm

    This looks so delicious and a great way for something a little different in my kitchen. Will give it a go this weekend!

    x Sam

    • Michelle
      6th June 2017 at 5:11 pm

      Cool, I’m so glad you like them!

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    27th June 2017 at 8:31 pm

    These would make such good gifts!!

    • Michelle
      27th June 2017 at 10:05 pm

      You’re right! Glad you like them

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