Have you discovered rubs yet? Although I’ve been marinating meat for years, rubs are something I really discovered last year. I started buying my pork and my beef directly from local farmers, and as a result I have been exposed to many new-to-me cuts of meat. Some of those cuts require a slow cook at low temperatures and rubs are more effective than marinades for that.
A rub is a way to infuse a lot of flavour into your meat. By coating your meat in the rub and letting it sit in the refrigerator for several hours (anywhere from 2 to 24 hours), the flavour is able to penetrate beyond just the surface.
One key ingredient in any rub is salt. The salt helps to draw the flavours into the meat. I use coarse salt. If you use table salt, reduce to about ¾ teaspoon. The grains are smaller, so volume isn’t the same between different types of salt.
When using a rub, make sure that you coat every surface of your cut of meat, including any ends. I usually start with the bottom side of the meat, then any ends, and finally spread the rub on the top. The moisture of the meat will help the rub stick to it and melt in a little as the meat sits in the fridge.
When I developed this pork rub recipe, I was looking for bold flavour, without too much heat, as my family doesn’t like very spicy food. This rub has some brown sugar to provide a bit of sweetness. It also includes some chili powder, for just a bit of heat, but not very much. It’s really a very family friendly pork rub recipe.
This brown sugar pork rub is very flavourful and is great on various cuts of pork, from ribs to chops to roasts. It’s been a big hit with my family. They rave about it every time I make it.
I have ribs in the oven right now, coated in this rub to give them great flavour. Today I am sharing the recipe for the brown sugar pork rub. Later this week I’ll share the technique for making these tender, oh so flavourful ribs.
Recipe: Brown Sugar Pork Rub
This makes enough for about 2 pounds (1 kg) of ribs or chops, or a 3 pound (1.4 kg) roast.
- 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 1 ½ tablespoon paprika
- ¾ tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- Add all ingredients to small bowl and mix thoroughly.
- Place pork on a plate. Coat all sides of the pork with the rub, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 to 24 hours.
- Cook pork according to your recipe.