Spice rub is any mixture of ground spices that is made for the purpose of being rubbed on raw food before the food is cooked. The spice rub forms a coat on the food. The food can be marinated in the spice rub for some time for the flavors to incorporate into the food or it can be cooked immediately after it is coated in the rub. The spices are usually coarsely ground. In addition to spices, salt and sugar may be added to the rub, the salt for flavor and the sugar for caramelization. The simplest rub is just coarsely ground black pepper as in Steak au poivre.
Spice rubs can also have ingredients such as herbs, crushed garlic or oil added to make a paste. The spice rub can be left on or partially removed before cooking.
Common foods that are rubbed 
Spice rubs are mainly used for preparing meats and fish. There are a large number of different recipes for rubs and most of them are targeted towards a specific kind of food. The exact combination of spices that makes a good rub for a particular kind of food varies from region to region and culture to culture.
Cooking methods 
Cooking with rubs is almost always done using the dry heat method of cooking where almost no water based liquid is used in cooking. The most popular cooking method for food prepared using a spice rub is grilling. Baking and pan roasting are other dry-heat methods. Sautéing is another method, especially if the spice rub includes flour or bread crumbs.
When water is used for cooking, it is usually after the food has already been partially cooked with the dry heat method.
Spice rubs and culture 
In some cultures, spice rubs are highly personal and sometimes a very secret recipe. Grill masters in the southern United States jealously guard their recipe secrets and they will usually have a secret ingredient that they will not reveal to anyone. In some cultures, the recipe for making a spice rub and how to cook with it are passed from mother to daughter and every family will have a slightly different recipe. Because of the lack of time to cook in most modern societies, spice rubs are now sold in grocery and gourmet stores with some brands enjoying a loyal following.
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See also 
Herbs and spices
- Aonori (ground seaweed)
- Ajwain (bishop's weed)
- Amchur (mango powder)
- Anise, star
- Cardamom, black
- Celery seed
- Coriander seed
- Dill and dill seed
- Fingerroot (krachai)
- Galangal, greater
- Galangal, lesser
- Ginger, aromatic (kencur)
- Grains of Paradise
- Grains of Selim
- Juniper berry
- Lime, black
- Litsea cubeba
- Mustard, black
- Mustard, brown
- Mustard, white
- Nigella (kalonji)
- Pepper, alligator
- Pepper, Brazilian
- Pepper, chili
- Pepper, long
- Pepper, Peruvian
- Pepper, East Asian
- Pepper, Tasmanian
- Peppercorn (black, green, and white)
- Pomegranate seed (anardana)
- Poppy seed
- Shiso (seeds, berries)
- Tonka bean
- Yuzu (zest)
The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com
Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:35:56 -0700
Q. Prepping for a family barbecue. I've mastered the burgers and dogs, but what's the best way to grill a steak? A. It's finally getting warm enough that the idea of firing up the grill is creeping into our minds. It's hard to go wrong with a grill, a ...
Iowa City Press Citizen
Wed, 29 May 2013 01:59:32 -0700
Michael Knock says that there no better way to infuse grilled meat with flavor than a nice, fragrant spice rub, such as this grilled chicken seen here Sunday. / David Scrivner / Iowa City Press-Citizen ...
Fri, 14 Jun 2013 05:53:37 -0700
Begin by making the spice rub, which is a simple blend of paprika, cumin, ground mustard, kosher salt and pepper. 2013-06-13-spicerub.jpg. Set that aside while you make the sauce. Start by chopping a medium shallot and a few garlic cloves. You don't ...
Longview Daily News
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 19:50:06 -0700
The recipe is simple and can be prepped in advance. Its bold and spicy flavor is thanks to a spice rub. The chicken gets a final brushing of spicy butter - which isn't necessary, but sure does taste good. You can adjust the spice rub to your own taste ...
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 06:50:39 -0700
Squeeze and rub 1 lemon half over each rack of ribs. Sprinkle the ribs liberally with the spice rub, then let them sit at room temperature for 15 minutes. Place the ribs, bone-side down, in the centre of the cooking grate, or in a rib holder or rack ...
Mon, 10 Jun 2013 05:34:40 -0700
Try this spice rub mixture on other of your favourite grilled foods: chicken breast, pork tenderloin, or even mixed into ground beef for burgers. Ingredients: 2 lbs (1 kg) chicken wings; ¼ cup (60 mL) sugar; 1 Tbsp (15 mL) coarse salt; 2 Tbsp (30 mL ...
Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:52:13 -0700
In this easy and elegant recipe, salmon fillets are generously dusted with a Southwestern spice rub, then broiled and glazed with maple syrup. The spices create a delicious top crust with a hint of heat and bitterness that balances out the sweetness of ...
Tue, 18 Jun 2013 13:59:00 -0700
With a serious spice rub and hickory flavor, they're tender, rich and flaky, with a thick sauce to match. This place has poultry power, too, serving Buffalo wings in a smooth sauce of fiery chipotle, sambal, molasses and a veritable spice market of ...
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