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Old 08-31-2011, 07:13 AM   #13
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Originally Posted by darita View Post
Can anyone give me a basic BBQ rub recipe for me to start out with, if I mix my own? I like sweet rubs. I also like salt and pepper, but not to where it takes over and easy on the heat. Maybe if I start with a basic rub, I can add from that point.
I use this at home and at competitions. I/we dont put sugars in the rub because I cook at 250-260 degrees and frankly dont want the bark too dark. I add sugars later, in sauce. However, just add brown sugar to the following:

Black Pepper
Paprika (I use both Hungarian and Spanish)
Chili Powder
White Pepper
Ground Chipotle
Ground Ancho
Cajun Seasoning (this is where the salt and garlic, onion, etc. flavors come in)

Then, add brown sugar. In your case, you're going to want to go very light or omit cayenne altogether. Chipotle and Ancho could be found in your Chili Powder, so go heavier on this and you could omit these two. So, you could cheat down to:

Black Pepper
Chili Powder
White Pepper
Cajun Seasoning
Brown Sugar

and let 'er fly.
Hance - Lake Dogs Cooking Team - MiM/MBN/GBA CBJ and comp cook
Lake Sinclair, GA (strategically about an hour from darn near anywhere)
Started competing in chili cookoffs back in the 1990's and have competed in more than I care to count. I became a CBJ in MiM in 2005, then MBN and in GBA in 2010. I've probably judged 130+- BBQ comps (sanctioned and unsanctioned) over this time. That said, I really enjoy competing more than I enjoy judging, and hope to get back to doing 4 or 5 a year in the near future.
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