BBQ RESCUES! Smoking Recipes for Homemade BBQ Rubs

By Chef Mick Brown

Rubbed Roast

For many people, the difference between Grilling and Barbecue comes down to one simple thing- Wood Smoking. Though Chefs can now do it indoors using Smoke Guns, many Home Grillers have yet to introduce the technique into their cooking. Especially those who use Gas Grills. I was recently hired to come to the aid of a wife, who purchased 2 Grilling Lessons as Father’s Day Gifts for her husband. It seems that a brand new Built-in Gas Grill that she gave him for his Birthday, had sat unused for over 9 months.

She put me in touch with her husband, who we will call Josh, by email. He informed me that he planned to invite “a few friends” over after our Lesson, to try out his food from the new Grill. No Pressure. We agreed that he would get most of the meats in advance, so we could do an abbreviated shopping trip before getting started. We did Recipes for Grilled Vegetables, Shrimp, Steak and Chicken Breasts. Feel free to use your own Rub or any you may already have in the Pantry. If you have none, here are a couple of Home BBQ Rubs Recipes.



This Simple Rub is set in Tablespoons, but feel free to multiply portions or use 1/4 and 1/2 Cup measuring cups.

2 Tbsp Granulated Garlic

2 Tbsp Granulated Paprika or Smoked Paprika

2 Tbsp Granulated or Powdered Onion

1 Tbsp Ground Allspice

1 Tbsp Ground Fennel


1 Tbsp Brown Sugar

1/2 Tbsp Salt

1/3 Tbsp Fresh Ground Pepper


It is no secret that my favorite is a No Salt/Sugar Rub called HEROIC! that I developed for California Gold BBQ Rubs. It contains Garlic, Smoked Paprika, Red Bell Pepper, Onion, Turmeric, Cumin, Cinnamon, Thyme, Fennel, Allspice and Nutmeg.

If you happen to have any of the above Ingredients, which are commonly known as “Superfoods”, feel free to experiment adding 1(whole), 1/2 or 1/3 Tbsp to your BASIC RUB at Home.

Also look for my description of SMOKING USING WOOD CHIPS AND CHUNKS and Recipes for Grilled Vegetables, Shrimp, Steak and Chicken Breasts from this Session.

Bonus  Video- The HEROIC! Super BBQ Popcorn Taste Challenge

California Gold BBQ Rubs Website-


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