A dry rub is a mixture used to season and marinate meat before it's cooked (typically, but not always, barbequed). To barbeque aficionados, a man's dry rub recipe is a closely guarded secret to be shared only with the closest of family, if at all.

A good, basic dry rub can be made with a simple "8/3/1+1" recipe:

The "other stuff" can be just about whatever you want it to be. Some things you might try include some mixture of:

or whatever spice you happen to love. It's good to experiment.

Typically a dry rub is generously applied to the meat and is allowed to marinate anywhere from an hour to overnight. Then it's stuck over a fire. Yum!

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