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Author: Spare Ribs | Date: July 26, 2011 | Please Comment!

Dry rub recipes are different for every cook. One thing is certain though: dry rub recipes can be used to make some of the best ribs you’ve ever tasted. With simple dry rub recipes, you can create ribs that are packed with flavor. Best of all, simple dry rub recipes can create a coating that caramelizes to become slightly sweet but still packs a spicy punch.

The Ingredients Needed for Dry Rub Recipes
Dry rub recipes can be simple or can contain several different ingredients. The following is a list of basic spices that are found in most dry rub recipes:

Paprika is found in most dry rub recipes. It doesn’t add a lot of flavor, but it makes the perfect base for other spices. If you want more flavor, you can substitute smoked paprika.

Cumin is essential in dry rub recipes because it adds a smoky flavor. If you’ve ever made chili or Mexican food, you’re already familiar with this spice.

Chili powder adds a bit of heat to dry rub recipes, but isn’t overwhelming. The purpose of chili powder is to round out the flavor of the recipes.

Cayenne pepper is what you need if you want to prepare dry rub recipes that pack a punch. The amount of cayenne pepper you add will greatly affect the flavor and heat level. You will need to experiment with different dry rub recipes to find the heat level that works best for you.

Brown sugar may seem like an odd ingredient to add to a dry rub recipe, but brown sugar helps create a coating on your ribs. As the brown sugar heats, it caramelizes and mixes with the other spices to create some of the best ribs you’ve ever tasted.

Fresh cracked pepper and kosher salt are musts in a dry rub recipe. These basic ingredients round out the flavor and keep your rub from tasting bland.

Depending on the dry rub recipes you choose, there may be additional spices and ingredients you will add. As always, the recipe and flavors will be a direct result of the cook preparing the dry rub.

Preparing Dry Rub Recipes
The first thing you must do when preparing dry rub recipes is visit a spice shop. In order to create knockout dry rub recipes, you need fresh spices. A spice shop will be able to provide you with the best spices available.

If you want the best flavor, grind your own spices. Wait to do this until right before you plan to use the dry rub. Combine the ingredients in a jar that has a lid with holes. This will allow you to evenly sprinkle the dry rub on the ribs. Be sure to shake the jar hard enough so that the spices are thoroughly combined.

Adding Dry Rub to Ribs
Add a layer of high-quality mustard to your ribs. Make sure to get the mustard all over the ribs, including the back. Next, apply the dry rub liberally. Once the dry rub has been coated on the ribs, wrap the ribs in plastic wrap and place them in the refrigerator for one to two days. This waiting time will give the ribs great flavor.

Cooking the Ribs
Remove the ribs from the refrigerator about an hour before cooking. You will want to cook your ribs over indirect heat. This helps ensure that the meat doesn’t dry out and burn. You will also want to cook your ribs slowly on a low temperature setting, which will help make the meat tender.

If you want a smoky flavor, you can add wet wood chips to a smoker box. Please note that you will need to add more wood chips every hour. It’s also important to keep the grill at 200 to 225 degrees. Your ribs will be done when they reach 200 degrees.

Dry rub recipes are essential for anyone who wants to make great ribs. Best of all, these recipes can be adjusted to create a flavor that matches your taste buds.

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