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The 10 Best Spice Rubs You Can Buy

The 10 Best Spice Rubs You Can Buy: © Justin Paget / Corbis

© Justin Paget / Corbis

To steal a line from Robert Duvall in Days of Thunder: Rubbin’, son, is barbecuin’. But not just any seasoning mix will do. There’s an art to a good meat rub. (Hur hur, don’t be so sophomoric.)

“Sugar and salt should be on balance when it comes to rubs,” says chef Paul Kirk. Known as the “Kansas City Baron of Barbecue,” Kirk is a seven-time winner of the Barbecue World Championships, and will be inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame this October.

Kirk says balancing sugars and salts—the two primary ingredients in any rub—ensures your mixture is neither too sweet nor too salty. “That balance also brings out all the other flavors and helps them work together,” he says.

Here are some of Kirk’s favorite commercial seasonings, along with more rubs worth patting onto your meat or seafood this summer:


001 buttrub seasoning lineup

Photo courtesy of Butt Rub

BUTT RUB
buttrub.com
There’s no shortage of puns in the world of barbecue rubs. Butt Rub will, of course, work well with pork butt. It’ll also complement beef, chicken, eggs, or anything else that needs a flavor kick. Kirk calls it “a good one”—high praise from him.

002 Everglades

Photo courtesy of Everglades Seasoning

EVERGLADES SEASONING
evergladesseasoning.com
Its spare green-and-white packaging is an anomaly in the colorful world of spice rubs. But this all-purpose seasoning saves its pizazz for your taste buds. This created-in-Florida rub is good on everything from shrimp to pork and beef.

003 Wham

Photo courtesy of Willingham’s

WILLINGHAM’S “ORIGINAL W’HAM” SEASONING
willinghams.com
Kirk says now-deceased BBQ legend John Willingham knew what he was doing when it came to rubs. You can still buy his award-winning seasoning, which Kirk calls a “[BBQ-]circuit favorite.”

004 Bone Suckin

Photo courtesy of Bone Suckin’

BONE SUCKIN’ SAUCE
bonesuckin.com
Arguably the best rib rub you can buy in stores, this tangy medley combines just the right amounts of heat, sweetness, and salt.

005 Three-little-pigs

Photo courtesy of Three Little Pigs BBQ

THREE LITTLE PIGS BBQ RUB
three-little-pigs-bbq.com
Like most rubs, this award winner from Kansas City is good on almost any type of meat, seafood or egg dish.

006 Szeged

Photo courtesy of Amazon

PRIDE OF SZEGED CHICKEN RUB
amazon.com
Kirk says the best chicken rubs contain some of the more aromatic herbs, like basil and oregano. You’ll get plenty of those—and real Hungarian paprika—in this knockout chicken seasoning.

007 spiceologist

Photo courtesy of Spiceologist

SPICEOLOGIST SEASONINGS
spiceologist.com
A little spicy, a little smoky, a lot delicious. The whole variety of rubs from Washington-based chef Pete Taylor are excellent.

008 Harry Soos

Photo courtesy of Slap Yo Daddy BBQ

HARRY SOO’S “SLAP YO DADDY” RUB
slapyodaddybbq.com
You’ve got to appreciate a BBQ guru who puts the recipe for his award-winning rub right on his website. If you’re too lazy to make it yourself—or you just want to send a few bucks to such an altruistic dude—you can also buy the rub online.

009 Obie-Cue

Photo courtesy of Amazon

OBIE-CUE’S “STEAKMAKER”
amazon.com
A three-time “best rub on the planet” winner, Texas-based Obie-Cue makes a variety of seasonings and rubs. While this favorite is called “steakmaker”, it’ll go well with anything that needs a hit of flavor.

010 Cimarron Docs

Photo courtesy of The Kansas City BBQ Store

CIMARRON DOC’S SWEET RIB RUB
thekansascitybbqstore.com
Best on pork, but still excellent on chicken and other meats, this rub was created by an Oklahoma couple originally known for their award-winning chili. They’d go on to win a lot more recognition with this seasoning.

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