How to Use BBQ Rubs
A dry rub is exactly what it sounds like: seasoning that’s rubbed across and into the surface of meat. But before you begin flavoring your food, make sure to pat it dry with a paper towel. Once you’ve removed as much moisture as possible, cover your food with a sticking agent like egg or olive oil to help the rub bind to the meat. Mustard is another good option that doubles as a flavor enhancer, but we like olive oil in particular because it helps create crispy skin. For cleanliness and efficiency, use one hand to apply the seasoning and the other to thoroughly rub it into the meat. It’s also a good idea to grab whatever seasoning you need before you begin applying the rub so you can avoid cross-contamination. You may need to use your knuckles to grind your rub into thicker cuts of meat. If you’re dealing with chicken skin, you’ll need to reach under the skin with a gloved hand to apply rub to the meat.
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