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choosing a paprika

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Guys and gals, I am new to the smoking scene and was wanting your input on what kind of paprika is best to put in my rubs?  Thanks in advance, I have learned tons by reading on the SMF the last several months.
 

chefrob

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i use reg. spanish and a small amount of smoked.
 

iso

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Make small batches of rub with each kind. Some people prefer spanish, others likes hungarian, I prefer smoked with a touch of hungarian. Within the hungarian variety there are a few sub-varieties.

Rub is different for every person.
 

brew

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I am a fan of Szeged brand Hungarian paprika.  Great stuff for all types of uses and meats.  Sweet and rich, not hot.  My local grocery store also carries it.
 

cliffcarter

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Hungarian. I buy Frontier, at the local boutique grocery. About 2 dollars for 4 ounces. It is very good quality IMO.
 

rc1991

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I bought some sweet Hungarian at Penze the other day and really liked the quality.

Here's the link to what I bought:

http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzeys/p-penzeyspaprika.html
I just picked some of this up the other day too to try - haven't used it yet but I did use their chipotle which I thought was very good. I never heard of this place before until a co-worker told me about it - there's a location right across from my office in NYC - pretty funny that it was right under my nose all that time - nice selection of stuff.
 

shellbellc

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I swear by all of Penzy's spices.  I have a smoke paprika from them and a hungarian. 

Try a little of their cinnamon in your next rib rub...just a little because the cinnamon from them is very strong!  
 

ak1

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If you're using it in a rub with a lot of other flavours, I don't think it will matter much, what paprika you use. There will be such a mix of flavours that the subtleties of one paprika over another will be lost.
 

pgsmoker64

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I like the Hungarian, but have a hard time finding it in bulk!

Anyone have a website where we can order different styles of paprika?
 

pgsmoker64

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Thanks richoso1....great info! Went out there and bought some paprika!
 

micker

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It all depends on what I'm making.  In my spice cabinet right now we have a smokey spanish, and both a spicy and a sweet hungarian.  It all depends on what it's going to be used for.  

In rubs for things getting smoke I usually use the spicy hungarian.  The sweet is good with poultry and ham though.  The smokey spanish is used in almost anything that isnt going on the smoker. 
 

smoking gun

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Sure them Hungarians make some good paprika, but can you trust em?......... Can you? 
 

blizz

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Has anybody tried Moroccan paprika? I can't seem to find Hunky paprika where i am in Canada. My neighbor brought me some to try just haven't got around to it yet.
 

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