Hello All. This is my first time and first post here.
I've bought my first smoker, a small electric one, which I'll be using hickory with, and I'm ready to smoke some pork but I don't know what rub recipe I want to use.
I have two books, I've been reading, Slow Fire: The Beginner's Guide to Barbecue by Ray Lampe and Big Bob Gibson's BBQ Book by Chris Lilly. Each book has a starter rub recipe which I made today. I made a half sized recipe in case I didn't care for it.
Slow Fire's Rub # 67
1/4 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Kosher Salt
1 tablespoon + 1 1/2 teaspoons Chili
1 tablespoon + 1 1/2 teaspoons Paprika
1/2 teaspoon GarlicPowder
1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Lemon Pepper
1/4 teaspoon Coffee
1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
2 tablespoons White Sugar
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 tablespoon Garlic Salt
1 tablespoon Kosher Salt
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
2 tablespoons Paprika
1/2 teaspoon Cumin
The "Sample Rub" by Chris Lilly I found a little too sweet while #67 I picked up on the coffee a bit much. Neither rub blew me away and I found them basically ok to taste on a small grilled pork chop I made to sample the flavor.
I enjoy BBQ and Ribs but I'm not sure what it is I'm looking for. Typically I'm a huge fan or garlic, but I don't want to make something overwhelming with garlic, as I usually do. I tend to like BBQ dry with a nice crust on it, with maybe some sauce on the side. I'm a big fan of Black Pepper too (so much we're planning on naming our daughter Pepper if we have a girl), but I don't want to go overboard there either.
I'd like to be able to build something that I like but I don't want to just throw spices helter skelter and to see what happens. Spices add up and I don't like to be wasteful.
What more do I need to tell you to for help?