It’s nearing Christmas, which as we’re sure you know is the ultimate time for barbeques with family and friends. So, we thought we’d get in early and equip you with some simple but effective barbeque rubs that are sure to impress. These rubs will taste equally as delicious with pan-fried or roasted beef.
One of our favourite things about rubs is that you can store them in an airtight container and keep them in your cupboard as handy go-to flavour enhancers for any occasion.
What is a rub?
A rub is basically a dry marinade that you rub into the surface of meat before you cook it. Rubs are an easy but effective way to enhance the flavour of meat without overpowering it. Rubs traditionally include spices, herbs, salt, pepper and other seasonings.
How to use dry rubs according to beefandlamb.com.au
- Use 2-3 tbsp of dry rub per 500g of meat.
- Rub the mixture into the meat 20 minutes before barbequing or roasting. Use pressure when you rub so that it sticks evenly to the meat.
- Remove any excess rub with a dry brush. Then, brush the meat lightly with oil before you cook it.
- Squeeze a little lemon juice over the meat as it cooks. This stops the spices and herbs from burning.
Our Favourite Simple but Delicious Beef Rubs
The Classic AKA the Dalmatian
Ingredients: Salt & Pepper of equal proportions
This classic rub will tenderise the meat and enhance its natural flavours. For the best results, use sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Did you know you can also use brown or white sugar as a beef rub? It’s great when grilling steaks, as it helps to develop a caramelised + crispy exterior whilst maintaining a juicy interior. Sugar is a natural tenderiser!
All-Purpose Dry Rub
Ingredients: Mix 1 tsp cumin, 1 tsp oregano, 2 tsp garlic powder, 2 tsp onion powder, 1 Tbsp chili powder, 1 Tbsp salt, 1 Tbsp paprika and ¼ cup brown sugar.
This delicious all-purpose rub is perfect for giving steaks and roasts delicious warm flavour that is both sweet and savoury.
Rub n’ Roast
Ingredients: Mix 3 Tbsp garlic powder, 2 Tbsp salt, 2 Tbsp Ground Black pepper, 1 tsp chili powder and ½ tsp cumin.
This dry roast rub guarantees delicious savoury flavour with a kick of heat.
Beef Brisket / Beef Ribs Dry Rub
Ingredients: Mix 1 cup white sugar, 1 cup brown sugar, ¼ cup salt, 1/8 cup ground black pepper, 1/8 cup paprika and 1 Tbsp garlic powder.
Chili Chocolate Rub
Ingredients: Mix 2 tsp cocoa, 1 tsp salt, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 1 Tbsp garlic powder, 1 Tbsp onion powder, 1 Tbsp ground cumin, 1 Tbsp chili powder and 1 Tbsp ground black pepper.
Chocolate, chili and beef? Huh? Trust us, this rub gives beef rich, sweet and spicy flavour that your taste buds will love.
Ingredients: Mix 2 Tbsp salt, 2 Tbsp white sugar, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, 2 Tbsp ground cumin, 2 Tbsp chili powder, 2 Tbsp ground black pepper, 1 Tbsp cayenne pepper and 1/4 cup paprika.
This is a fantastic, classic and Carolina-barbeque-inspired rub recipe that is guaranteed to impress.
We hope you’re as ready for BBQ season as we are!