Let me tell you about the only BBQ rub you'll ever need.
It's sweet, but not too sweet. It has brown sugar, which contains molasses, so it's sweetness is also earthy and complex. It's spicy, with cayenne pepper, but not too spicy, so it's great for spice-a-phobics and kids alike. And it's got this tang from ground mustard, so it pairs well with any type of barbecue sauce you throw at it.
Oof, can't you just smell the smoke coming off the grill? Is it summer yet!?!?
I adapted this rub from a recipe I found on The Food Network yearsssss ago. After a few tweaks, it's been my go-to ever since. Here's the original rub recipe, as part of a larger recipe for Kansas City BBQ Ribs (which are also fantastic).
This rub is SO GOOD, you'll want to make a hundred jars of them and give them out as favors at your wedding! Well, at least I did. And if you're interested in how I did that, or how to scale up a recipe for a large crowd, stay tuned, new post in progress!
Sweet & Spicy BBQ Rub
Makes about 2 cups
1 cup brown sugar packed (either light or dark brown sugar is fine. I like to use half and half)
1/2 cup ground mustard seed
1 Tbsp cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp smoked paprika (regular paprika can be used, but you'll miss out on that smoky flavor)
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp onion powder
1 Tbsp salt
2 tsp ground black pepper
Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. Store in an airtight container.