Nothing 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.