The Only Dry Rub You’ll Ever Need

Have you been reading all the science out there implicating sugar in diabetes, heart disease, atherosclerosis, cancer and virtually every other disease of modern civilization.  Sugar is the new saturated fat.  Well, sugar and salt actually.  At least the headlines have one out of the two right.  It’s not that the science is new but that for the first time it is actually being studied.  This country has spent the last 50+ years demonizing saturated fat and ignoring the obvious.  I am in the middle of a fascinating book right now, Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes.  Don’t let the trivial sounding title fool you.  This is no light read. Taubes systematically obliterates the lipid hypothesis.  Everything that we have been told for the last half century is just that; a hypothesis.  An unproven hypothesis at that.  I highly recommend the book.  It totally gets me fired up!  

So what’s a girl to do when she wants to make baby back ribs or beef ribs?  BBQ sauce is out of the question.  If you scour all the bottles of it at the grocery store it will be difficult if not impossible to find one without high fructose corn syrup.  Even if you do manage that feat the BBQ sauce will contain sugar and lots of it.  I had looked at Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce since it is apparently gluten free but there is sugar in there in 7 different forms.    Yes, SEVEN.  The first ingredient is HFCS.  Now hereI give you a much better alternative and there is NO sugar in it.  It is a dry rub that goes with pork, beef and chicken.  As I write this I am making beef ribs in the oven (which is insane by the way as it is 100 degrees out!).  It smells amazing in here.  I  coated the ribs in this rub and am baking them at 275 for several hours.  I did this with baby back ribs earlier this year when my mom was here and they were incredible.  Here is everything you will need.

 Dry Rub 

2 T kosher salt

2 T mild chili powder

2 T paprika

1 T garlic powder

1 T onion powder

2 tsp cumin

2 tsp oregano

1 tsp allspice

Mix it all up and apply liberally.   Store extras in a sealed container for the next time you need a quick seasoning.


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