Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Dave's Dad's Dry Rub Mix: the ONE recipe I can't give you

Many years ago the Happy Family lived in Grenada, Mississippi.   The service repairman that worked with the Fellow's dad used this dry rub mix on everything he grilled.  His own dad had come up with the spice mix years before.   A Memphis-style dry rub, it's good on just about every kind of meat you can bake, fry, smoke, or put on a grill.  It took much pleading and begging to get the recipe from the repairman all those 21 years ago.  I promised to never give it out because they wanted to market it,  it's just that excellent of a dry rub.

The recipe is so good, though, there's been lots of bantering in the gray matter as to where 21 years is long enough of a time for those good folks to get it on the store shelves or not and I can share a much requested recipe.  Well.  I decided I couldn't give out the ingredients or their proportions but I can certainly show you so if you want to come up with a fascimile in your kitchen, you can - just in time for grilling/smoking season.

Here are all the ingredients.  Pay attention to the order they're in and how many of each.
The bitty one is ground mustard.

Y'all wrote those down, right??  Okay.  Here's how much of each one (in order):
I don't use nearly as much salt as the recipe calls for,
preferring to salt the meat before marinating with the rub.
These are standard pint jars.

And here are the smaller amounts of spices:
The black pepper and garlic powder are reversed (oops).
And these are standard half-pint jars.

Pour them all in a recycled gallon mayo jug and shake vigorously, mixing all very well.  Not really.  Mix however you like!  This way is easy and almost no mess.  Chili powder somehow manages to jump to the counter when I try using a bowl and whisk/spoon/hand.  The jug keeps it contained.
The catsup on the counter is for next week's post:
Mama's Sweet Southern Barbecue Sauce!

Tadadaaaaa!  Put in a tight fitting jar (the large one is ours) and share with your neighbor.  It'll keep almost indefinitely and won't lump, as long as the lid is tight.  

The amounts shown were for a double batch of rub.  It makes approximately six cups of dry rub.  Most of the spices were purchased at the Dollar General Store and weren't expensive.  The only thing here that brand matters on is the seasoning salt.  The inexpensive stuff has too much salt - not enough flavor.

The pork ribs for the family reunion will be taken out of the freezer next Monday, rubbed with this Wednesday, and smoked Friday afternoon.  They're a Southern delight, served with Mama's barbecue sauce on the side.

Try it.  Customize it any way you like.  Want a sweeter rub?  Brown sugar is excellent.  Like a bit of heat?  Add a couple of tablespoons of cayenne.  Don't care for heat at all?  Take out the pepper and mustard - no problem.

So there.  A promise has been kept:  the recipe hasn't been given out.  Y'all enjoy!


  1. I DO love this one, Lady! You are so clever! If I ever want to "pull off a job", would you please be my sidekick?!! Now I realize you have "hidden" talent as well.
    I gotta give Johnny this non-formula. Their Spring is just happening right about now, and he's getting his grill ready to go! And I'm gonna make some for non-grill meats, too! Love the ingredients. You really keep me going, Lady, I mean it! How DO you come up with these things? So much stored away in that brilliant mind! Exciting. Thanks a bunch. <3

  2. I LOVE your blog! This rub looks fine too. I'm going to mix it tomorrow, and if I like it as much as I think I'll divvy it up in pretty little jars to hand out as gifts too. If I really like the people they might get some of that blueberry chipotle bbq sauce as well. If there's any left. ;-)
    Sheri (www.BringMeMyCoffee.com)