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Unread 11-10-2011, 08:29 PM   #1
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Default New to Q - Can I save money and make my own rub?

I currently use www.buttrub.com
The price is $12 for 26oz. It's great, I'm happy with it, but......

If I wanted to make my own rub, can I save money? How much do you think 26oz. would cost me?
Also, could you please offer a recipe.
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depends on what ingredients you use, their cost and brand used as well.
I have a basic rub that I use. It's great on everything and makes beef just explode in flavor. Plus the onion base smells great comin out the vent holes"

1 package of Mrs. Grass onion soup mix
2 tbsp. dark brown sugar
2 tbsp. cajun seasoning

Alter the last 2 to your preference of heat/sweetness
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Unread 11-10-2011, 08:35 PM   #3
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You'll definitely save money.. How much? You do the math..

For example here's Ray Lampe's (Dr. BBQ) Big Time BBQ Rub


- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup Turbinado sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
- 1 tablespoon granulated onion
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons cayenne
- 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Yields 1 1/2 cups
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i think when i figured the rub i make for catering was about $5 a pound. yea its cheaper but not much unless you buy bulk from the spice barn or something
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Yeah it of course depends on the price of ingredients, but you could probably make something a little cheaper. I now both buy and make my own. I don't think you would save a ton of cash depending upon how much you go through, but you could save some
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The more you make the more you save.
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I make about 90 percent of the rubs I use. It is way cheaper, IMO.

I love the rub from the Salt Lick, and they sell it. But, the owner of the Salt Lick gladly tells people what's in it. I bought a jar of it for 9 bucks, and now I refill that jar with my own stuff for about a buck's worth of ingredients.

I do like trying bought rubs I read about just for the heck of it, and there are a lot of good ones for sale. But, there are also a lot of good rub recipes available for free -- including many on this forum.

Making your own rubs is part of the BBQ experience, IMO. Taking rub recipes and modifying them is a lot of fun for me. After a while, you gain a knowledge of what each ingredient brings to the party, and you can go off in another direction with that knowledge.

So, yes you can save money making your own rubs -- and experience the joy of tasting something good that you made. But, it is still fun to try commercial rubs from time to time.

Play with your food!

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You'll definitely save money.. How much? You do the math..

For example here's Ray Lampe's (Dr. BBQ) Big Time BBQ Rub


- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup Turbinado sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
- 1 tablespoon granulated onion
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons cayenne
- 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Yields 1 1/2 cups
I love that rub. It is my absolute favorite pork rib rub. His Bigtime BBQ Cookbook is a MUST HAVE book for any aspiring que cooker, IMO.

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You'll definitely save money.. How much? You do the math..

For example here's Ray Lampe's (Dr. BBQ) Big Time BBQ Rub


- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup Turbinado sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
- 1 tablespoon granulated onion
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoon chili powder
- 2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons cayenne
- 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Yields 1 1/2 cups
It's true, you should be able to make a good rub for about 2 bucks per pound, thing is you have to shell out well over $100 to buy the initial "quality" ingredients.

If you making rub using that chit on the grocery store shelves, your missing out on real flavor.
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I love that rub. It is my absolute favorite pork rib rub. His Bigtime BBQ Cookbook is a MUST HAVE book for any aspiring que cooker, IMO.

CD
It is a good book, read it cover to cover.. I haven't tried that rub though, but I hear it's good..

also as someone mentioned, it helps if you have somewhere local to buy spices in bulk. I get mine at Winco, which I think is only out west.
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There is a local store around here that runs sales on their splices. $0.75 for 4oz bottles. That's when I stock up. They may not be the best brand but, the way I see it, it's just garlic & onion power, pepper, etc...
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Yes, get a mortar and pestle and make your own.

Here's a good resource: http://www.recipesource.com/side-dis.../indexall.html
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Yes you can save money but it depends on how much rub you use. If you are not using a lot it's not worth the cost when you throw out the spices that have gone flat or sour. If you have a rub you love stick with it.
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I love that rub. It is my absolute favorite pork rib rub. His Bigtime BBQ Cookbook is a MUST HAVE book for any aspiring que cooker, IMO.

CD
What would be the best way to store this rub and how long can it be stored? Thanks.
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My g/f and I try to make our own rubs and mix sauces. I think it's a lot cheaper to make your own, and if you don't like it. You can just make something different next time. Instead of having a nearly full bottle of something you didn't like.
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