One of my culinary discoveries has been the positive effect BBQ rubs can have on enhancing flavour. A real-deal meal time game changer. I’ve blogged about cooking with rubs in our Big Green Egg, simply because it’s what I normally use.
Recently rain stopped play on a planned al fresco roast chicken. A lot of rain, and high winds. So I used the oven indoors. Turns out that BBQ rubs work with everyday kitchen cooking.
Why Use A BBQ Rub?
A BBQ rub is a flavour enhancer, designed to augment taste sensations and compliment the main ingredients of a meal. Nothing more complicated than that.
Enhancing The Humble Roast Chicken
A roast chicken is one of my go-to meals during the week. Simple, cost-effective and nutritious. And it can get same-y, as can pork chops. So I tried some rubs.
Brush the skin with a little olive oil, sprinkle over Dizzy Pig Tsunami Spin or Happy Nancy rub and roast as normal in an oven. The same can be done with roast duck using the Dizzy Pig Game On rub.
For a pork chop, lightly coat with some Raging River and pan fry or cook in an oven.
Chilli Con Carne and Spaghetti Bolognese
Take a standard chilli con carne recipe and add in 1-2tbsp of Dizzy Pig Jamaican Firewalk. This will give it a kick of heat and spice.
Same goes for spaghetti bolognese. Add 1 tbsp of Coarse Dizzy Dust per onion when frying the aromatics, and another 1 tbsp per 500g of mince when simmering, adjusting to personal taste. It gives an underlying heat and spice flavour, along with a hint of sweetness. It paired really well with a lovely bottle of Le Soula from Domaine Gauby.
Scotch Eggs on Steroids
Not everyday cooking, but I adore scotch eggs, and blogged about how to make them. I tried adding some rubs to the meat (picture below). This made scotch eggs on flavour steroids.
I tried a few combinations of Dizzy Pig rubs:
- Standard pork sausage meat:
- Pineapple Head – great match, sweetness and subtle heat worked well.
- Shakin’ the Tree – more subtle than the Pineapple Head, still a good match.
- Cumberland sausage meat:
- Red Eye Express – perfect match, the coffee flavours worked wonderfully.
- Swamp Venom – if you’re looking for heat and spice, this is it!
I’m Interested … Where Can I Get Them From?
Most supermarkets and farm shops sell marinades (Nandos make a wide range), a few sell rubs. It depends on what you’re looking for, and finding something that matches what you’re cooking. Check out the rub packaging to see what it goes with.
Lastly, BBQ enthusiasts and specialist shops sell rubs, mainly because they know their hobby and passion really well. One of the best rubs we have had is Cascade Chicken rub from Idaho Gourmet Grills, outstanding flavours.
It’s a fun world waiting to be explored … so go get a BBQ rub, read the packet to see what it works with, and give it a shot! And turn your everyday roast chicken into something special.