In search of a peppery rub

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by maplemountain q, Jul 30, 2014.

  1. So I've definitely taken a liking to foiling ribs using the brown sugar/butter/molasses method.  I'd like to tone down the sweet by contrasting with a peppery rub.  I've considered modifying my rub to use less sugar(s) and bump up the heat with either more cayenne or black pepper but wanted to cast a line and see if anyone can provide some recipes or other insight.  

    Thanks in advance!
  2. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You're heading in my direction, less sugar and more heat.

    Cayenne or other red pepper powder would be a good start. Begin with a moderate amount and see how much you're comfortable with. Consider combining the heat with another flavor like garlic or onion.

    One caution: If you're handling pepper powder, like patting it on to the meat, either wear gloves or do a very thorough job of washing your hands before you touch any part of your body.

    BTW in case you haven't tried it, it's possible to smoke-dry peppers, then grind those for a smoked-pepper powder.
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  3. Good things to know Blue...!

    Good thinking on the smoke-dry peppers.  I'm considering using a chipotle powder and seeing if I get that smoky-heat that I'm after.  I anticipate a Q-view coming this weekend!
  4. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    There's also another pepper smoking thread going now.

    The thing about making your own chipotle is, you choose which peppers, and you choose which smoke. Yah!
  5. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    This first Rub recipe has some bite and the second is even hotter...JJ

    Carolina Q Dust  

    1/2C Sugar in the Raw (Turbinado)

    2T Sweet Paprika (Hungarian)

    1T Kosher Salt

    1T Chili Powder 

    1T Granulated Garlic

    1T Granulated Onion

    1T Mustard Powder

    1T Grnd. Black Pepper

    1T Grnd. White Pepper

    1tsp Cayenne Pepper, or more as desired.

    1tsp Grd. Cumin

    1tsp Dry Thyme, rubbed

    Makes about 1 Cup. This has some Heat from the the jar but mellows when Smoked. If too Hot, reduce the Black, White and Cayenne Pepper.

    Run for the Border Rub

    One for the Chili Heads!

    2T Kosher Salt

    2T Ancho Chile Powder

    1T Chipotle Powder

    1T Oregano, Mexican is preferred 

    1T Gran Garlic

    1T Gran Onion

    1T Black Pepper

    1T Cayenne

    1-2tsp Gnd Cumin

    1tsp Cocoa Powder

    1/2tsp Cinnamon


    2T Turbinado Sugar (Sugar in the Raw)

    Makes 3/4 to 1Cup Rub.

    This stuff is HOT and full flavored with touch of Smokiness. Feel free to adjust the heat to your taste by playing with the amount of Chipotle and Cayenne Powder. All the ingredients are available at the Grocery Store. This stuff will also Kick Butt as the seasoning in a batch of Chili, leave out the Sugar...JJ
  6. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That Border rub looks interesting. A lot of people are surprised at how much cocoa and cinnamon are in some Mexican regional cooking. Try sprinkling a bit into taco beef.
  7. Thanks for the insight Chef Jimmy!  Much appreciation...

    The carolina Q is definitely getting used, I like the looks of that rub.  The thought of the peppers and sweet sugary glaze is sounding fantastic.  I'm looking to do ribs 3 ways - the peppery rub with sweet glaze finish, my standard pork rub and foiling with apple juice/beer/etc, and a third that I haven't yet determined.  Looking forward to the pepper ribs more than anything...thanks fellow smokers!
  8. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I usually throw a few jalapenos in almost every time is smoke and then I thread them on with the others hanging from the curtain rod in my kitchen. They dry pretty darn quick and then you can grind them in a coffee grinder. I just keep taking dried ones off the other end and putting fresh ones on the other end. Like a never ending cycle of heat. haha. I loves me some heat.
  9. hickorybutt

    hickorybutt Smoking Fanatic

    I love just good ole black pepper.  I like the larger grain.  I use a black pepper and salt base in all of my rubs, then add a little bit of the other stuff.  And I recently started added just a little cayenne to kick the heat up.

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