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GrillsGoneWild
02-28-2012, 03:10 PM
I know that some of you guys make your own rubs and that is great. I tried to a few years back when I really got into BBQing, but since then I have depended on commercial rubs. With that said, I have taken a journey through many companies for different rubs. Right now, on my spice shelf I have over 5 different companies represented. Of course I have at least a couple of different rubs from each company. So for those who also go with commercial rubs, how many different companies do you currenlty have?

bigabyte
02-28-2012, 03:24 PM
Pretty much from the get-go, I was interested in making my own rubs, and learning to make them better. after a few years, I found myself pretty much settled in with a few recipes that I was very happy with and considered my standards.

However, after participating in many rub/sauce trades, I realized that many rubs I tried from other folks were hit and miss as to whether or not I "truly" liked them, and would go back to them on other cooks when I was either out of rub or looking for another flavor than my normal stuff.

I figured mine would be no different to other people of course, meaning maybe half liked it and would use it again, and maybe the other half would not. This made me wonder how generally accepted my rub would be, as in trying to please the most people possible. After all, while my family and I were the top priority for my goal in pleasing with rubs, I also wanted something I could confidently share with others and not have to wonder if all the praise was accurate or not. Most people will tell you that your good homemade BBQ is great, which makes it really hard to tell if yours is "great" or just "good".

So I bought a whole bunch of the most popular rubs used by backyarders and competition cooks. I kept on trying more and more over time, constantly doing side by side comparisons with my own stuff. I took part in as many sauce/rub trades as I could. I did this for a few years.

After a couple more years, I actually found myself tweaking my recipes. My new recipes were in general less spicy (I am a chile-head, so naturally my recipes were on the hot side). My wife and kids actually liked the new recipes better, they never wanted to tell me that they didn't care as much for the heat as I did. I also noticed a change in feedback I got from others. While as long as it was good or better, people still mostly said, "It's great", there was a noticeable extra enthusiasm about it. I could tell they liked it better. Frankly, so did I.

So why did I say all that? I guess because I thought someone out there might find it interesting, particularly if they are of the mindset that the only good rubs are the ones you make on your own. They could be missing out on an opportunity to make their rubs even better, like I did.

One other thing I should add, even though I truly like my current recipes as much, or more than others, I do have some commercially available rubs that I consider "must-haves", and keep on hand. I use these when I want something different than what I have. I could spend time duplicating the rub if I wanted, but so far I am just enjoying the ride. I have rubs I designed and love, and use regularly. But continually sampling others, and even regularly using some favorites, helps to keep my perspective sharp. Otherwise, I might just be fooling myself into thinking my stuff is the best, when it is only what makes me happiest, and not the average person.

Back to the regular scheduled lunacy.

deguerre
02-28-2012, 03:26 PM
So why did I say all that?
Back to the regular scheduled lunacy.

Would you shut the fark up already?:becky:

My answer: a bunch, from quite a few. :thumb:

HawgNationBBQ
02-28-2012, 03:29 PM
Too many.

Phubar
02-28-2012, 03:35 PM
Honestly.....I have to make extra shelves.

expatpig
02-28-2012, 03:41 PM
I have one, I received it during the last trade round, I find that making a rub is about the easiest part of barbecuing.

Gore
02-28-2012, 03:43 PM
Zero is not an option? Really? I have a couple rubs that some Brethren sent to me (thanks, Moose, Bigabyte). But in all honesty, I don't think I've ever bought a rub (I'm assuming you don't mean basics like salt, pepper or "seasoning salt" in this poll). Oh, I use Moose #2 on chicken, which we only cook on occasion, but Bigabyte's Foil Hat Rub I use on almost everything else. These are not commercial (at least that I know of). Of course we mix up some spices for recipes, but I have bought no commercial rubs. We mix up large batches of Foil Hat Rub ourselves with the recipe generously provided by Bigabyte. Can't thank him enough.

deguerre
02-28-2012, 03:46 PM
Zero is not an option? Really? I have a couple rubs that some Brethren sent to me (thanks, Moose, Bigabyte). But in all honesty, I don't think I've ever bought a rub (I'm assuming you don't mean basics like salt, pepper or "seasoning salt" in this poll). Oh, I use Moose #2 on chicken, which we only cook on occasion, but Bigabyte's Foil Hat Rub I use on almost everything else. These are not commercial (at least that I know of). Of course we mix up some spices for recipes, but I have bought no commercial rubs. We mix up large batches of Foil Hat Rub ourselves with the recipe generously provided by Bigabyte. Can't thank him enough.

Luddite...

fingerlickin'
02-29-2012, 12:52 AM
Probably 25 from 15 different makers. To answer your question. :)

frohe
02-29-2012, 05:04 AM
[QUOTE=GrillsGoneWildI know that some of you guys make your own rubs and that is great. I tried to a few years back when I really got into BBQing, but since then I have depended on commercial rubs. With that said, I have taken a journey through many companies for different rubs. Right now, on my spice shelf I have over 5 different companies represented. Of course I have at least a couple of different rubs from each company. So for those who also go with commercial rubs, how many different companies do you currenlty have?[/QUOTE]

I'm pretty much set on 2 rubs. One is a commercial brand - Fiesta Spices' Season-It-All. I use it now & then to break up the routine. My mainstay though is just S&P and garlic powder.

frohe
02-29-2012, 05:12 AM
[QUOTE=bigabyte
I figured mine would be no different to other people of course, meaning maybe half liked it and would use it again, and maybe the other half would not. This made me wonder how generally accepted my rub would be, as in trying to please the most people possible. After all, while my family and I were the top priority for my goal in pleasing with rubs, I also wanted something I could confidently share with others and not have to wonder if all the praise was accurate or not. Most people will tell you that your good homemade BBQ is great, which makes it really hard to tell if yours is "great" or just "good".[/QUOTE]

I found the best way to know I make great BBQ is how many folks huddle up when I put out a "y'all come!" for some BBQ. So far folks show up and do their best to make sure I don't have any leftovers.

BigBobBQ
02-29-2012, 05:32 AM
I have several different products from 4 different companies.

bigabyte
02-29-2012, 08:10 AM
I found the best way to know I make great BBQ is how many folks huddle up when I put out a "y'all come!" for some BBQ. So far folks show up and do their best to make sure I don't have any leftovers.
That works up to a point. Once you have learned to make good Q regularly, then great Q regularly, and people show up regularly and happily wipe you out whenever you cook anything, then it can be harder to make changes and tell how much you are improving. It's easy to tell if it got worse though.:becky: That was more along the lines of what I meant.

Big George's BBQ
02-29-2012, 08:48 AM
My wife would say too many

tnjimbob
02-29-2012, 09:01 AM
My wife would say too many


So would my wife, but anything more than garlic salt on any food is too much flavor for her taste. Sadly, if I made ribs or anything BBQ related without a decent rub and I guarantee you she would say it tastes bland & is too garlicky.

I am slowly educating her, one rub at a time.

SirPorkaLot
02-29-2012, 10:12 AM
Where is the "Zero" option???

This vote is rigged!!

I don't normally use commercial rub, but when i do I use Brethren rub.;...stay spicy my friends

jestridge
02-29-2012, 10:54 AM
i use Lawerys seasoning and sometime McCormick rib/chicken never found a reason to use others, but of course if you a stick burner that all you need for flavor

buffalotom
02-29-2012, 11:01 AM
I have a lot of different commercial spices. I prefer to concentrate on raising the best animals for BBQ and BBQing them. There are so many rubs out there...

Sledneck
02-29-2012, 11:50 AM
I only stock my cabinet with slabs (http://theslabs.com) , bobby q's spice rack (http://www.bobbyqsrestaurant.com/store/pc/viewCategories.asp?idCategory=6)and homebbq.com (http://www.bbqstore.co/)

vafish
02-29-2012, 11:52 AM
Zero

kurtsara
02-29-2012, 11:53 AM
why did it start at 1 and not zero?

GrillsGoneWild
02-29-2012, 12:17 PM
why did it start at 1 and not zero?

Because this poll is for those who buy from multiple rub companies.

BobM
02-29-2012, 12:27 PM
Zero, I've always made my own rubs.

Bob

Wampus
02-29-2012, 12:31 PM
Working from home today so I just went and counted.
I saw 11 different brands but there's probably a couple hiding that I didn't see without emptying the cabinet. :shock: Some I have several flavors per brand of too. HOLY CRAP. I never actually went and counted! I have a couple of others that I planned on ordering too. I guess that would be a bit silly now that I actually see how many I have.....:tsk:


I think I have a real problem here.........:becky:


.....am I a rub-a-holic?! Is there a support group for that?


.....oh wait.....I'm AT the support group now.......and YOU PEOPLE ARE NOT HELPING MY PROBLEM!!!:laugh:

frohe
02-29-2012, 12:50 PM
That works up to a point. Once you have learned to make good Q regularly, then great Q regularly, and people show up regularly and happily wipe you out whenever you cook anything, then it can be harder to make changes and tell how much you are improving. It's easy to tell if it got worse though.:becky: That was more along the lines of what I meant.

LOL If I made bad Que, my friends and family would stay away. So far they don't. :heh:

I been doing Que going on 59 years now. I'm not looking to make any changes. It's hard to improve perfection. :icon_blush: (Spoken like a Texican huh? -g-)

fingerlickin'
02-29-2012, 02:55 PM
Working from home today so I just went and counted.
I saw 11 different brands but there's probably a couple hiding that I didn't see without emptying the cabinet. :shock: Some I have several flavors per brand of too. HOLY CRAP. I never actually went and counted! I have a couple of others that I planned on ordering too. I guess that would be a bit silly now that I actually see how many I have.....:tsk:


I think I have a real problem here.........:becky:


.....am I a rub-a-holic?! Is there a support group for that?


.....oh wait.....I'm AT the support group now.......and YOU PEOPLE ARE NOT HELPING MY PROBLEM!!!:laugh:

Don't worry brother we're here for you! Don't listen to the voices.

buffalotom
02-29-2012, 02:58 PM
Don't worry brother we're here for you! Don't listen to the voices.


I don't know, my voices like my Que.

GrillsGoneWild
02-29-2012, 03:20 PM
Working from home today so I just went and counted.
I saw 11 different brands but there's probably a couple hiding that I didn't see without emptying the cabinet. :shock: Some I have several flavors per brand of too. HOLY CRAP. I never actually went and counted! I have a couple of others that I planned on ordering too. I guess that would be a bit silly now that I actually see how many I have.....:tsk:


I think I have a real problem here.........:becky:


.....am I a rub-a-holic?! Is there a support group for that?


.....oh wait.....I'm AT the support group now.......and YOU PEOPLE ARE NOT HELPING MY PROBLEM!!!:laugh:

Coming here for recovery help is like a junkie seeking cousel from their drug dealer....:mrgreen: Isn't it great!!!!

Cack
02-29-2012, 03:23 PM
i'm right around 5-6 ... so i went with 5 to low ball it

HB-BBQ
02-29-2012, 03:31 PM
I have roughly 10 different brands without looking and tend to buy them as they are released. I buy them first to support my fellow brethren and I like to test them out to see if they help increase the quality of my food any from what I presently use. The only bummer is that i find with so many good choices out there some get pushed to the back of the cabinet as new ones arrive and every year or so I wind up tossing the ones out that go bad.

I like consistency in my final product and making my own rubs just does not offer me that. I still do it from time to time to experiment but in the end its just easier to order it.

JCHjr55
02-29-2012, 04:47 PM
Zero. Been making my own for toooo many years.

John