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What is the most unusual ingredient you have used in a Rub?

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by Dutch, Jun 26, 2006.

  1. Dutch

    Dutch Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    Since we're talking Rubs here, this is were we'll start this discussion.

    Last Saturday, I did 4 pork butts for Pulled Pork Sammiches for the BIL's 40th B-day. His wife requested IF possible that I use a rub with NO SALT. "What in thunder was she thinking?" I asked myself! She told me that her Grandparents were coming to dinner and they both are on a salt restricted diet. Being the SUPER NICE GUY that you all have grown to love and being up for the challange (so what if it was the morning of the day that I'm applying the Rub??)-NO PROBLEM!!! I hit the 'net running and didn't find a thing-I turned to my several Smoking and 'Queing books and actually found a "No Salt" rub. Can't recall off hand who's book it was in but the recipe was written by Paul Kirk (and NO it wasn't in the PK book that I have). The unusual ingredient was LEMONADE powder- Sam thought I had gone off my rocker (again) when I said "Hey, Hon-taste this!" I got one of those "Wife" looks and she said "Not bad, but what's that lemony taste?" She just shook her sweet little head when I told her it was lemonade powder.

    I changed up the recipe some from the way Paul Kirk wrote it so I'll try to remember to post my version for you all later along with pix's of the pork.

    Here is the link to my version of Paul Kirk's No Salt Rub http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/for...ead.php?t=1256
  2. willkat98

    willkat98 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I guess the farthest I go to "unusual" is to use cinnamon, but thats about it. Lemondade powder is a good one Earl, cuz I'm gonna try one with powdered Cherry now :)

    And as a rub tip: Ground Cloves go a LONG way and should be used sparingly. I rubbed that onto a tri-tip one time that tasted like I was chewing on a piece of tree bark.
  3. icemn62

    icemn62 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I've heard the cinnamon thing, but have yet to try it. I am just getting into experimenting with the rubs. I generally just go of a version of Emeril's stuff from the net.
  4. joed617

    joed617 Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I have used unsweetened cocoa powder in some of my rubs ..

  5. scott in kc

    scott in kc Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    My variation on cinnamon is pumpkin pie spice on brisket and apple pie spice on pork.

    Not in any significant quantity, just a bit.
  6. jlloyd99

    jlloyd99 Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    I've used cloves, ginger, and nutmeg in rubs before. Very sparingly mind you. I haven't used it on any of the que that we've done but years ago when perfecting some meat on the grill (I had gormet asperations in college). Nutmeg is my secret ingredient in many of my meat dishes, it's that flavor that makes 'em go hmmmm.
  7. shellbellc

    shellbellc Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I have these honey drops at home I use in place of sugar or in addition to sometimes. They are like dried out honey "beads". Very good. Got them at

    I just saw that they also have flavored sugars, they have a lemon sugar which would probably be good in a chic run, a mint sugar...perhaps lamb, a raspberry vanilla, perhaps a fish rub...
  8. deer meat

    deer meat Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I wonder what grape KOOL-AID what do to a rub???? :idea: