BBQ (Barbecue) Wet Rub

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READY IN: 1hr 10mins
Recipe by Dave Dallas

This is a great rub for any thick cut of meat! All of the ingredients are easily found wherever you live (and that's important to me in recipe-ingredient-challenged northwestern Pennsylvania). If you are like me and enjoy watching those BBQ cook-offs and festivals on TV, this an easy way to get into the act using your basic backyard grill. I use a standard dual burner gas model; if you have a "Weber" charcoal kettle, so much the better!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix 1/2 cup raw sugar* with 1 tsp each; onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, paprika, freshly cracked black pepper, sea salt, and ground coriander seed.
  2. Stir in 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil and 1/4 cup sour mash whiskey (I use "Jack Daniel's").
  3. Rub mixture into meat, cover and marinate overnight.
  4. Grill meat over low/medium coals until done to taste.
  5. Note: a great rub for any thick cut of beef, pork or chicken! I grill/smoke on the upper rack (unlit side) of my dual burner gas grill, only lighting the burner on the far side which has a small pan filled with hickory chunks nestled in the midst of the briquettes.
  6. *raw sugar differs from brown sugar despite the cosmetic similarities; raw sugar (unrefined) does not burn and/or caramelize as traditional brown sugar. Even the grocers in our small town carry this product.

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