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Best homemade dry rub: recipe & storing!

It is barbecue season and all kinds of commercially available rubs are popping up in stores here.
We however think that the best rubs are homemade, giving you the possibility to tweak the favor to perfection. Once you have reached that perfection, you can make a big batch that will last all summer and longer.

Recipes for homemade rubs

Here are two homemade dry rub recipes to start you off, but please do experiment and share your dry rub recipe with us.

An all-purpose bbq rub recipe:

  • 1 cup of paprika
  • 1⁄2 cup of kosher salt (if you brine your meat beforehand, leave this out)
  • 1⁄2 cup of sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup of chili powder (or more if you like more heat)
  • 1⁄4 cup of cumin
  • 1⁄4 cup of ground black pepper
  • 1⁄2 cup of granulated garlic
  • 1⁄4 cup of dried oregano
  • 1⁄4 cup of cayenne

A nice large batch of our rib rub recipe:

  • 1⁄2 cup of kosher salt (if you brine your meat beforehand, leave this out)
  • 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup granulated garlic
  • 1⁄2 cup granulated onion
  • 1⁄2 cup chili powder
  • 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup cumin
  • 1⁄2 cup paprika
  • 1⁄4 cup cayenne pepper (or more if you like more heat)
  • 1⁄4 cup black pepper
  • 1⁄4 cup white pepper

Best way to store homemade rubs

If you are a barbecue fanatic, you doubtlessly have your own favorite dry rub. If you are anything like me, you like to make your homemade rubs in larger quantities so you always have some on hand in the summer.
The drawback of this is that the longer you keep it on hand, the more it will lose its flavor. The easiest way to avoid this is by storing it in a Vacuvita storage container . This will seal in all the flavors of the herbs and you can still easily take out a couple of spoonfuls when you need it.

Our small containers can hold up to 4 cups of rub.
When you have made a big batch or bought yours in bulk, you can even freeze your homemade bbq rub for long term storage. Freezing can be done in containers, but it will be best to place it in a Vacuvita bag. Just pour in the rub (be careful none of it gets into the zipper) and remove the air through the valve. It is best to let the bag hang over the edge of the counter or table so gravity keeps the powdered ingredients in the bottom of the bag. If you would like to share with other enthusiasts you can even use our bags to mail your rubs to others.

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