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  • ecowper
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    • Jul 2014
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    • Maple Valley, WA
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      Eric Cowperthwaite aka ecowper

    #16
    My go to “secret rub” is equal parts salt, black pepper and granulated garlic. Alternatively, I will do BBBR or Montreal Steak Seasoning. I used Raichlen’s Type A rub a couple times, too.

    I think, if you want to hit it out of the park, so to speak, you just can’t go wrong with salt, pepper, granulated garlic.

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    • phoccer
      phoccer commented
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      Curious, why granulated vs powder?

    • ecowper
      ecowper commented
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      same reason for coarse ground pepper. You break up the smooth surface of the meat, which helps to hold smoke onto the surface of the meat. Per Aaron Franklin.

    • phoccer
      phoccer commented
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      Cool. Learned something new. Thanks!
  • TripleB
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    • May 2017
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      BBQ Guru ATC
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    #17
    My Brisket rub is similar to BBBR, but I omit some of the ingredients. I don't see an advantage over buying rubs, I just make my own. BBQ sauce is a different story though. I blend BBQ sauces to get what I want. Tried for years to come up with "My" BBQ sauce. Too thin, too sweet, too hot, too salty, too bland, and then just plain crappy. Got a good sauce now.

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    • ecowper
      ecowper commented
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      Is your good sauce something you buy or make? Do you mind sharing?

    • TripleB
      TripleB commented
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      Equal parts Head Country Reg. BBQ Sauce and Blues Hog Original BBQ sauce and some drippings from the meat to cut the sauce a bit. That's it. It's a sweet sauce.

    • CandySueQ
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      TripleB -- try straining the Blues Hog original. I find that it takes the gotcha out that hits the back of my throat.
  • Potkettleblack
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    • Jun 2016
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    • Beautiful Downtown Berwyn
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    #18
    BBBR. Completely solid. Makes a nice bark.

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    • Bill P
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      • Jul 2014
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      • Wilmington, Delaware
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      #19
      Have used Dizzy Pig's Cowlick with turbinado sugar 50/50 for a few years. Last few times I went with BBBR. Both rubs are excellent. Also, since all I can get are flats, I usually inject with apple juice or low-sodium beef broth.

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      • EdF
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        I really like the Dizzy Pig rubs myself, especially for when I don't feel like mucking around building my own. My only problem is I don't use them quick enough!

      • Bill P
        Bill P commented
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        I'm right there with you EdF, and that makes them (and all store-bought stuff) even more expensive. Home made is fresher and cheaper, but I do love convenience!
    • Frozen Smoke
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      • Nov 2017
      • 1528
      • Northern Mn

      #20
      I have gone to Oak Ridge rubs almost exclusively the last year or so. Black Ops is a outstanding beef rub but I do wish they would make it in a coarser grind. I use to mix my own but then I got into the larger event cooking and mixing my own rubs just wasn't practical anymore. It was just one more thing to do amongst a hundred other things needed to be done.

      The Spice House also has some pretty good blends. Oak Ridge is always very fresh if you buy directly from them but don't wait to order too long they batch and ship on Mondays only. So if you order on Tuesday it won't ship until the following Monday.
      Oh, I should mention Oak ridge Brine mix is outstanding as well.

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      • Steve R.
        Club Member
        • Jul 2016
        • 2321
        • Elizabethtown, KY
        • Current line-up of cookers: Weber 26" kettle w/ SnS and BBQ Guru adapter; Weber Smokey Mountain 22" w/ Guru adapter.

        #21
        I like equal parts Tones Restaurant Black Pepper (coarse grind) and kosher salt. Sometimes I'll go 2 parts black pepper, 2 parts kosher salt and 1 part garlic powder. I'm beginning to prefer the second option, after my last two briskets.
        Last edited by Steve R.; December 6, 2017, 03:21 PM.

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        • johnec00
          Charter Member
          • Aug 2014
          • 573
          • Orlando, Florida
          • Equipment:
            '88 Vintage Fire Magic gasser with over 3000 cooks to its credit
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            Favorite Beer:
            Key West Wheat

          #22
          I'm with Spinaker , my most frequent rub is the Oak Ridge Black Ops rub. A teaspoon has only about 1/5 teaspoon salt, so I put about 2-2½ teaspoons per pound on the meat the day before the cook to get the equivalent of Meathead's recommended ½ teaspoon per pound salt. Also like BBBR, but reduce the quantity of black pepper to make my family happy.

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          • CandySueQ
            CandySueQ commented
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            When I'm cooking ribs for myself, I am very much a minimalist. Rub, yes, but very lightly. Hanging them in a drum gives a flavor all its own.

          • johnec00
            johnec00 commented
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            CandySueQ - I guess I'm a minimalist too. Before we knew anything about smokers, we made ribs by cooking them "naked" with a water pan on the indirect side of our gas grill till they were fully cooked then moving to the direct side brushed with garlic butter till crisp. Never got any complaints.

          • CandySueQ
            CandySueQ commented
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            johnec00, I’ll bet not. Sounds good!

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