With the first official
day of summer last week, it's time to bust out the grill! There's so many reasons I love to grill - it keeps the kitchen cool, there's not a whole lot of dishes to clean, and of course, the meat always turns out so juicy & flavorful.
One popular way to prepare meat for the grill is to marinate it in some sort of liquid for a few hours before grilling. Sometimes, though, I'm not much of a planner, and I don't remember to marinate the meat until right
before we want to eat. It doesn't really make sense to marinate it for just a few minutes.
Then I was introduced to the spice rub, a quick way to tenderize and flavor meat that only takes a few minutes. A spice rub is typically made up of a variety of spices, salt, and sugar, and is rubbed into the meat just a few minutes before grilling. Perfect!
This BBQ Pork Chop Rub
is a combination of brown sugar (to caramelize the meat), salt, and smoky spices to add a kick of BBQ flavor. I love to use it on pork chops, but it would be fabulous on any cut of pork or chicken.
First, you want to make the rub. It's super easy. Combine some brown sugar, salt, onion salt, garlic salt, cayenne pepper, and cumin. That's it!
[caption id="attachment_700" align="aligncenter" width="512" caption="The spices"]
[caption id="attachment_701" align="aligncenter" width="438" caption="Mix it all up!"]
Once your rub is mixed up, sprinkle about a tablespoon on each pork chop, and rub it in. That's it! Let it sit about 5 minutes before grilling as usual.
You will have leftover rub, and that's a good thing. Store it in a jar or tupperware, and you'll be ready to grill anytime!
I served up the chops on some fresh-baked onion & poppyseed buns from the Rays bakery. Topped with just a bit of BBQ sauce, the pork chops were so juicy and tender.
Perfect for summer!
BBQ Pork Chop Rub
about 1 cup rub
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon onion salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin
Mix brown sugar and spices together. Rub over pork chops or meat of your choice; let sit 5-10 minutes. Grill meat and enjoy!