This Applewood Chipotle Rub is destined to become one of our most popular blends. We've used this on everything from chicken to salmon to ribs. Any great rub for the grill or smoker tends to have three things to form the foundation - sugar, salt and paprika.
If you've ever tasted truly great barbecue, it is most likely that a dry rub was used. Dry rubs give meats (especially chicken, fish or pork) a memorable flavor. If you’re not familiar with a dry rub it is a seasoning blend of dry spices, herbs and sometimes salt. The seasoning is shaken onto the meat and then rubbed (or more likely patted) evenly on all sides before cooking. This helps to form a tasty crust that contains tremendous flavor.
We love to experiment with seasoning rubs and I always have something working in our test que. Sometimes it may take 4 or 5 versions to get it just right and some blends just never make it out of the testing phase (I consider these "untweakable". After just 3 tries on this Applewood Chipotle Rub I was hooked.
So for this Applewood Chipotle blend I wanted to follow the basics of a good rub (sugar, salt and paprika) but of course I also had to give it a unique flavor personality.
For the sugar (to provide the sweetness) I decided against the most popular sugars used in competition rubs - brown sugar, white sugar or turbinado sugar. Instead I opted for granulated honey. It gives a different flavor profile and provides a wonderful caramelizing effect (a.k.a forms the signature crust) on the chicken, fish or pork to help lock the juices in.
Next up - which salt to choose? In my test kitchen I didn't reach for a plain sea salt or a Kosher salt instead I again wanted to be a bit outside the box and went with a Smoked Applewood Salt. Barbecuers love using lots of different woods when they smoke their ribs, pork shoulders, pork butts or chicken and applewood is one of the most popular. This smoky salt gives you hints of the mild fruity flavor of applewood without spending hours smoking.
Stage 3 - for the paprika instead of going with something exotic like a smoked sweet paprika, smoked hot paprika or a Hungarian paprika I went with a sweet California paprika.
Time to create the true essence of the blend - there was already enough flavor in the rub that I didn't want the smoked paprika competing with the smoked salt. For the blend's soul and personality I used one of my favorite chiles - chipotle. I used both the ground version as well as the chipotle flakes (to provide additional texture and some nice periodic blasts of smokiness and heat).
The flavor profile of this blend gives just the right amount of sweetness and you'll certainly pick up a delightful balance of heat from the chipotle and the black pepper. The heat is not overpowering at all.
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Ingredients: Granulated honey, smoked apple wood sea salt, paprika, garlic, onion, chipotle powder, black pepper and chipotle flakes.
Origin: United States
Shelf Life: 2 Years
Qualities: All Natural, Gluten-Free, Kosher Parve, Non-GMO
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