Do-It-Yourself Barbecue Rubs

bbq rubsNothing says you are a serious cook quite like having your own house dry rub. Don’t be intimidated by the thought of making your own, and don’t think that the store-bought dry rubs have perfected the art, either. Constructing your own dry rub is a way to make your mark and take your grilling to the next level.

At its most basic, a dry rub is a mix of seasonings applied to a meat that will be cooked. A dry rub is made up of four basic elements: a combination of salt and sugar, a pepper, transition spices, and the signature flavors. The interplay of how these four pieces come together develops complexity and highlights the best that a cut of meat can deliver. Let’s look at how to start putting together your own dry rub.

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All about East Carolina Barbecue sauce

East Carolina Barbecue sauceBarbecuing is not only big business in North Carolina, it’s part of the state’s history and heritage. While there are several styles of sauce throughout the south, East Carolina and Lexington are primarily the two Carolina style sauces. These may have originated in the same area, but they are two very different styles of barbecue sauces. The following describes what exactly makes East Carolina Barbecue sauce unique, and different ways to make and use this type of sauce.

East Carolina Sauce
East, or Eastern sauce, is vinegar and pepper based. Unlike Lexington style, there aren’t any ketchup or tomato products added to the sauce. This vinegar based sauce may be one of the oldest sauce recipes in the country. Since vinegar is a crucial ingredient in all East Carolina Barbecue sauces, the types of spices that are added are usually the “secret” ingredients that make each sauce unique. Everything from garlic and nutmeg, to even a touch of whiskey may be part of an old family recipe that’s been used for generations. While there’s literally dozens, perhaps hundreds, of store bought sauces to choose from, it’s better to make your own.

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All about Memphis style barbecue sauce

Memphis style barbecue sauceIt’s impossible to understand the taste and style of Memphis barbecue without first understanding the background of the city. Memphis was founded in 1819 on the banks of the Mississippi River by a group of investors that included James Winchester, John Overton and Andrew Jackson. They named it in honor of the ancient capital of Egypt on the Nile River. The location made the city a prime spot for shipping cotton and lumber, especially during the Civil War. In 1873, 1878 and 1879, the city was hit with yellow fever epidemics that caused the vast majority of the population to die or flee. As a result, Memphis lost its city charter and was merely a tax district until 1893 when the charter was restored.

In more modern times, Memphis became a center for blues and rock music. Muddy Waters, B.B. King and Elvis all lived or worked in Memphis at some point in their careers. It could be these extremes in styles of music that brought on the intense flavor of the pork only barbecue. It will never do to ask for beef barbecue in Memphis.

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