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How to make a Dry Rub

dryMaking your own dry rub is a fun way to add a touch of personality to your favourite grilling dishes. And the best’s easy! You just need to understand the basics of how to make a dry rub and that’s where we come in.

Essentially, a rub contains several different ingredients that each fall into a particular category: sweetness, saltiness, heat, and other flavors – which is where your own creativity and imagination come in to play. Here’s how to achieve each:

  • Sweet = add ingredients like sugar, brown sugar, or granulated maple sugar
  • Salty = kosher salt works great for rubs
  • Heat = cayenne pepper or other chili powders (the more you add, the more heat!)
  • Other flavours = black pepper gives heat and depth of flavor, paprika adds a beautiful colour to whatever you’re grilling, ground coriander gives wonderful floral notes…don’t be afraid to experiment

Then how do you know if it’s good? Just take a spoon, stir it up, and try a little taste. Once you get it just right, sprinkle it on to your favourite cut of meat, let it sit for 5 minutes, and place it on the hot grill before enjoying your creation!