what kind of paprika do you use?

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by reichl, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. reichl

    reichl Meat Mopper

    I have figured out that the paprika I am using does not taste very good in my rubs. I know there are multiple kinds of paprika and since paprika is a large part of most rubs in bbq, I was wondering what kind of paprika everyone else uses and what brand you would recomend...

    This is the stuff I dont like.
  2. meatball

    meatball Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I have used the spanish too and have the same feelings as you, but I think the preferred one in BBQ is Hungarian Paprika. Not positive though, I'm sure someone will chime in soon.
  3. roadrunr

    roadrunr Meat Mopper

    Well you see...the stuff you're showing right there, that sits in a plastic bottle for who knows how long, and costs 2 bucks, not yer best bet. Good rubs cost alot, cuz good ingredients cost alot. I personally use Hungarian from a well known local spice shop. It costs a few bucks more, but tastes better than colored chalk...[​IMG]
  4. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ditto I like the hungarian paprike mysef but it is a little herder to fine for me that is. Is that a picture of you skating cause I was a professional skater for years.
  5. luvdatritip

    luvdatritip Smoke Blower

    I use Hungarian, Pride of Szeged. Comes in a metal can.
  6. reichl

    reichl Meat Mopper

    it's actually a picture of Rodney Mullen. You were a professional skater? Thats awesome man, I wish I was operating on that level. I seem to go through cycles where I skate all the time, injure myself, stop skating for a couple months then pick it up again.

    Back on topic: is there a link to a website that has good deals on quality spices?
  7. roadrunr

    roadrunr Meat Mopper

  8. reichl

    reichl Meat Mopper

    Thank you!
  9. I started using Sweet Paprika about 4 years ago, and I really liked it. Although I haven't been able to find it in my area for a couple of years now. Since then, I've been using Spice Island brand Smoked Paprika. It comes in a glass bottle and costs around $8.00 at my local supermarket. It really tastes great in all my rubs.
  10. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Same here, great quality spices.
    They carry both hot and sweet Hungarian paprika.
  11. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I grow my own.I use spanish paprika called garnett.I also grew a french paprika....The high quality fresh hungarian are excellent as well..I have not had luck growing hungarian or i would grow that too....

    As mentioned some/alot of stuff in stores is old and of poor quality....

    This years paprika crop....Nothing compares to fresh....

    Dehydrated and packaged for long term storage.I grind as i need it.Less exposure to air etc....
  12. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Have been using just the stuff that is sold in grocery stores.
    Found a place to order Hungarian so I will be doing that soon...
  13. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I think you willl notice a big difference paul.Paprika can get lost in some of the more complex rubs,but in simpler dishes it can really stand out...

    I grow it for the color as well.I have learned over years how to let it fully mature...Can make a big difference in the comp chiles i grow for people who compete(and do very well) and a couple secret other peppers...[​IMG]
  14. chef jeff tx

    chef jeff tx Smoking Fanatic

    The biggest problem you've got isn't the type, it's the brand. Try picking some up from Penzeys or another reputable spice dealer. I get all my spices & dry herbs from Penzeys. Try their Hungarian Sharp or Half Sharp and their Spanish Smoked varieties. If you buy in bulk (4 ozs or more) Penzeys is cheaper then the supermarket.

    The supermarket stuff is only good for adding color or as garnish on top of your deviled eggs! :)
  15. gnubee

    gnubee Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I shop at the local spice store, they have a huge selection of paprika in bulk. They let you take a small spoon, put some on the tip of your tongue and sample each type. It is easy to seperate out the ones that taste bestfrom the colored dust. Some is smoking hot, some is medium and some has no zip or flavour.

    A huge bonus is that spices in bulk cost far less than the stale stuff you get in the tiny bottles.

    I am very lucky in that we have a whole foods eporium 3 blocks from us.
  16. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That's what I usually end up with too. Of course I'm in Des Moines where the Tone's plant is located. So it's tough to find any other brand (other than McCormick) around here.

    My neighbor works for Tone's so sometimes she'll bring me over big containers of stuff like your picture for me to try out. Free=good enough sometimes. LOL
  17. mr mac

    mr mac Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    We use smoked Hungarian paprika but I can't remember if we got it from Main St. Marketplace or Olde Town. I do remember we spent close to $8 for what seemed to be very little but the flavor was unbelievable!
  18. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    FYI Tone's makes the Spice Islands stuff to. Supposedly it's supposed to be a higher quality than the stuff under the Tone's name. That's what they tell me anyway.

    They also make the Durkee Brand stuff and Trader's Choice but I've never tried that or seen it. Maybe it's branded differently for different areas of the country/world.
  19. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I 've been using Hungarian and Spanish for a few years now, and I won't buy any other type for my taste.
  20. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You've got to be careful when buying paprika. Old paprika loses a lot of flavor real fast. Penzy's is great for fresh spices all around.

    I use Spanish Pimenton paprika- sweet, bittersweet and hot that I get in three-packs from here, and it's fresh and top quality in small tins that won't go stale.


    Also like Hungarian- Szeged has a high turnover around here so it's fresh, and also get Penzy's Sweet Hungarian. By the way, Penzy's peppercorns are the best around.


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