Barbecuing is an excellent hobby for several different reasons. If you’re at all health conscious, which frankly might not be too of much of a concern if you’re constantly grilling burgers, but the act of grilling is one of healthiest ways to cook.

If someone isn’t too keen on the idea of grilling, and is trying to lose weight, they should be reminded that grilling allows for all the excess fat in a piece of meat to drip off. Vegetables and lean meats like fish and chicken breast, can be grilled and accumulate rich flavors without the need of heavy oils, sauces and others fats.

Grilling is also a great way to bond and hang out with friends and relatives, and you don’t need some fancy and expensive grilling system to achieve this. You don’t even need a grill at all. With a strategically placed metal grilling grate, you can turn just about any forest fire into a barbecue pit!

In the summer, socializing over an open fire can be a really fun and laid back evening. Just don’t forget the marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers. Smores are a notoriously fabulous after dinner snack.

Grilling presents an opportunity for experimenting with unique flavors. The smoke from the grill already imparts a delicious perfume to your food, but you don’t have to rely on thick and messy barbecue sauces for instant flavor. Marinating is one option, but it certainly requires a lot of pre-meditative thought.

Marinades also completely permeate the meat with a certain flavor. There’s no room to mix it up and give certain pieces a different twang over others. It often ends up being a one-note kind of thing, and you want your steaks to be full of robust depth. After all, if you’re going to stand over a hot grill all day, you want the results to be more than satisfactory.

That’s why dry rubs are great choice for grilling any kind of meat, but especially steaks. Dry rubs involve combining several different dried spices and herbs into a yummy and vibrant medley. You then coat each steak with a generous amount of the rub, making sure it covers each side. This method of seasoning is very quick. Anyone can do this in matter of minutes, without any preparation.

The average dry rub contains seasonings like brown sugar, oregano, cumin, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. You can actually buy dry rubs in your supermarket, but it’s very simple to just make your own. Everyone has their own preference when it comes to dry rubs. It seems like the best combinations have equal parts that are sweet, salty and spicy.

Just try experimenting by adding whatever you have at home that you think would go well together. Before applying the rub, taste a small amount to verify if it’s going to be a great flavor. When you’re applying the rub to chicken and other poultry, be sure you put the mixture under the skin to get the best results.

Be wary of adding too much sugar or salt, because sugar has a tendency to burn easily, while salt will leach water from the meat, drying it out. Though dry rubs can be prepared on the fly for instant grilling, you’ll get the best results by preparing it a few hours in advance. This will give the rub time to penetrate the surface of the meat for optimum flavor potential.

Though wet marinades and sauces can be tasty, they often contribute to annoying flare ups that end up charring your meat. Dry rubs don’t contain any oil, so your meat is more likey to turn out perfect and devoid of carcinogens.

With a bit of dry rub knowledge in tow, you should be able to create a barbecue experience your friends will never forget. Even if you’re new to grilling, dry rubbing is so simple that you’ll be a pro in no time.

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