It’s winter season and you know what that means - creamy tomato soup, freshly baked garlic bread, and a nice beef roast to complete your Sunday dinner!
Want to make the perfectly seasoned and succulent beef roast? You need to use a foolproof rub for the ultimate flavor.
What Is A Rub?
Rubs are basically a blend of different spices used to enhance the flavor of the main protein. These can either be dry, or be combined with a wet ingredient like olive oil, lemon juice or vinegar to make a paste. Once made, these are then directly applied to the meat for marinating.
How Do You Make & Apply A Rub?
The process is extremely simple. All you need to do is gather your ingredients, mix them in a bowl, and then rub them all over the beef. Make sure you coat each side thoroughly so that even the deeper cuts get that aromatic flavor. While there aren’t any set rules for how much you should apply, it’s recommended to use about two tablespoons of the seasoning for every pound of beef. Having applied the rub, leave the beef to marinate in the refrigerator so that the spices get absorbed fully (especially if you’re using a wet rub).
The Different Types of Spice Rubs
The best part about spice rubs is that you can easily make them by yourself. All you need is a combination of different spices, and you’ll have a brand new seasoning for your beef roast in no time!
The Dalmatian Classic: This simple spice rub only requires two ingredients; salt and pepper. A bit of sea salt and freshly ground black peppercorns will tenderize the meat, and give it just the slight kick of taste it needs.
The Five Spice Roast Dry Rub: For this rub, combine 2 Tbsp of sea salt, 3 Tbsp garlic powder, 2 Tbsp ground pepper, 1 Tbsp Ancho Chile powder, and 1 Tbsp cumin. This blend of five different spices will add tanginess to your beef roast.
The Sweet and Sour Rub: You can use almost any ingredient from your pantry for this rub. Take 8 Tbsp of light brown sugar and add to it 4 Tbsp of salt. Follow these with 1 Tbsp of cayenne pepper, 1 Tbsp chili powder, 2 Tbsp black pepper and 1/2 tsp onion powder. Throw in a teaspoon of your favorite herb, and voila! You’re good to go!
The Classic Wet Rub: Take 2 cups of Dijon mustard and add 1 cup of finely chopped parsley to it. Add a pinch of salt, 3 Tbsp of black pepper, 1 tsp chili powder, and a dash of rosemary leaves. Further add 2 Tbsp of lemon juice and your wet rub is ready for application.
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