There is nothing like a delicious and yummy rack of bbq ribs on a plate. I honestly believe what makes them so good is not the BBQ sauce that is used, but the prep that goes on them before any sauce hits the meat. You see — I am a dry rub and wet rub kind of girl. YES– I use both and I truly believe that is what sets my BBQ ribs apart from everyone else’s. I can’t take credit for the dry rub though. I use the Neely’s version that I found on Food Network. It is SO good. Here is the recipe for Neely’s Dry Rub.
- 1½ cups of paprika
- ¾ cup sugar
- 3¾ tablespoon of onion powder
- Mix all ingredients together and store in an air tight container
You can also use this rub on chicken, pork, beef, nachos — the possibilities are endless. The Neely’s use it in everything and it is really a great seasoning for basically anything.
I have even taken some of the dry rub and mixed it with mayo to create a BBQ mayo and that is definitely delicious with some french fries or piled high on a burger (think BBQ burger with thick dill pickles and bbq mayo –yum).
So what would you put this rub on?
If you love dry rubs for your food, then you will absolutely love my Ultimate Steak Rub.
For the longest time in my home when we fix steak, we have always used just lemon and pepper and garlic salt. While this is super delicious in and of itself, this steak rub is absolutely — hands down — the best rub ever!
Here’s the recipe. All the ingredients are straight from your pantry so you shouldn’t have to buy anything!
- 1 tablespoon meat tenderizer
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon of black pepper
- Mix all ingredients together and sprinkle on steak before cooking.
What will be their first steak meal that you use it on?
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I love making homemade seasoning mixes! It never dawned on me until a couple of years ago that it is so much cheaper and simpler just to make them from scratch at home! One of my favorite “go to” seasonings is Paula Deen House Seasoning.
To make this all you need is:
1 cup of kosher salt
1/4 cup garlic powder
1/4 cup black pepper
Just mix all these items together and sprinkle on whatever you want! I have used it on my meats, potatoes, popcorn, nachos, salsa–everything tastes good using this seasoning!
I have tried different homemade versions of taco seasoning mix, but none of them tasted “just right”. I couldn’t figure out what it was that was making them taste so bland. But no worries! I found one the other day that is the perfect blend of seasonings. It works great for chicken, beef, pork–whatever you are trying to spice up for Mexican night!
Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix
1 tablespoon of chili powder
2 teaspoons of onion powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of paprika
1 teaspoon of oregano
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
1 tsp cornstarch
3/4 cup water
Mix all the dry ingredients together and use with your taco meat. Pour the water in the pan and cook just like you would for tacos. The amount above is the same amount that is in one packet of taco seasoning mix at the store.