How to Make an Applewood Dry Rub for Meats

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Things You'll Need

  • Small bowl

  • 2 tbsp. sea salt

  • 1 tbsp. paprika

  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar (to taste)

  • 3/4 tsp. garlic or onion salt

  • 3/4 tsp. black pepper, cayenne, or white pepper (to taste)

  • 1 tsp. dry mustard

  • Pork, beef or fish

  • Applewood chips

  • Smoker or grill

Enjoy your very own applewood dry rub for all your summer barbeques.

Summer is the time for outdoor celebrations, barbecues and sharing delicious food with your family and friends. To make your next barbecue special, try making your very own applewood dry rub. Applewood chips leave a mildly smoky flavor with a hint of sweetness. This dry rub is an ideal addition to pork loin or pork ribs. You can also try using an applewood dry rub on other meats such as chicken, beef or fish.


Step 1

Mix sea salt and brown sugar together in a small bowl. According to Southern Living Magazine, a higher amount of salt works best for beef and fish, while more sugar is best suited for pork dishes. Be sure to taste test and adjust the amount of salt and sugar depending on your preferences.


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Step 2

Add heat to your spice rub by sprinkling in cayenne pepper, black pepper or white pepper. Add in your spices gradually, tasting as you go. This allows you to have control over the amount of heat in your dry rub.

Step 3

Sprinkle in your own unique blend of flavors by adding in chili powder, paprika and dry mustard. You can find different kinds of paprika such as smoked paprika.These spices add a hearty, homey flavor. For more flavor, add in garlic or onion salt if you'd like.


Step 4

Prepare your wood smoker and get it going at 225 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. For smoked applewood flavor, use soaked apple wood chunks. Applewood chunks and chips can be found prepackaged at grocery stores.

Step 5

Rinse your meat and pat dry with paper towels. The meat should be moist enough to sprinkle your unique dry blend generously over each side.

Step 6

Brush your meat with apple juice for sweetness and grill with your dry rub on the applewood chips until done.


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