Has anyone tried Arizona Rub? I've read about it but I've never actually tried a dry rub yet though the description does sound like it'd be good. Where I live, bbq is usually marinated.
As a first time dry rub user, what brand or recipes would you suggest?
The problem with most prepackaged rubs like this, is they tend to include certain spices to set themselves apart from other rubs; and usually these spices tend to be more of a local taste. ... I find generally most of these special spices I don't like. ... So I use the basic salt, black pepper, and garlic powder. I have sat different flavors of BBQ sauce and ketchup on the table, but these go un-used as my dinners just eat my BBQ as is. Then ask what were the spices and rub used. I have never had another one tell me that they didn't like any of the spices used.
Another ingredient in rubs I don't like is sugar (regular or brown) and cinnamon. Even when cinnamon is used in very small amounts, I will taste it after eating the Q a couple of times. But if the cinnamon is a strong flavor the Q, I wont even finish eating the stuff. For some reason cinnamon in Q gives me heartburn.
I think you would do better starting off using a basic rub and then adding spices of which you like.