Hi All, this thread is old but I didn't want to hijack the current pork butt rub and injection discussion started by beansberry. Does anyone have a favorite commercial rub for beef brisket or short ribs, something with a little bit of heat but not too much sugar? Thanks!
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Plenty more out there (or make your own). Aron Franklin uses: 1 part Kosher salt & 1 part coarse black pepper. Add a pinch of cayenne for heat if you want. (Heat mellows over long smokes.)
If you want a recipe:
BIG BAD BEEF RUB RECIPE Preparation time. About 10 minutes
Ingredients 3 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 teaspoons mustard powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons chili or ancho powder
1 teaspoon chipotle or cayenne powder
About the black pepper. Lately I've been grinding my black pepper and then sifting it. I use the coarse stuff, and put the fine stuff in a pepper shaker.
About the salt. Most foods, especially meats, need a bit of salt and this rub has no salt. Salt magnifies flavors and helps proteins retain moisture. When applied at home you normally use much less than in processed foods. So normally the first step is to salt the meat then apply the rub. But some meat is pre-salted. Meat that is labeled "enhanced" or "flavor enhanced" or "self-basting" or "basted" has been injected with a brine at the packing plant. Kosher meat has also been treated with salt at the plant. If you have meat that is already salted, then just apply the rub, no more salt.
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Joe and Andy, thanks much - lots of good options to look into. Joe, your recipe is pretty much what I've been using, maybe sometimes with some herbs or ground coriander. I was just looking for something good for when I'm feeling extra lazy. Thanks!
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