The Ultimate Summer BBQ Guide: The Rub

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BBQ season is well and truly upon us, and we know that a spot of sunshine can see the inner caveman emerge from even the most reluctant of cooks. To help shake any rustiness you may have with your spatula, we've produced our very own Summer BBQ guide to cover the essentials. Kicking things off, we spoke to World of Zing owner Pritesh Mody about the best rubs to get flavour out of your meat.

Check out part two of our Summer BBQ guide here.

Prairie Fire BBQ Sauce

Following years of making BBQ sauce and spice rub for his own pleasure, Michael Gratz decided to quit his job and bring his Kansas City flavours to the rest of London with his awesome street-food stall. Seriously, his brisket is just the most tender and delicious piece of cow you are ever likely to put in your mouth. His mouth-watering flavours are now available for us to enjoy at home with the availability of his BBQ sauce and rub.

How do I use it?

Cook your joint of pork or beef on the lowest heat for the longest time possible. Slather the meat with this sauce for the last 30 minutes or so and revel in the simple genius of your cooking!

Whitey's Bad Boy Jerk Rub

With their glorious weather and laid-back lifestyle, our Jamaican friends know a thing or two about eating in the sun. And with its incredible aroma and punchy flavour nothing provides a taste of the Caribbean like a good jerk marinade. Whitey’s Bad Boy Jerk is made in small batches for maximum freshness using delicious ingredients such as scotch bonnet chillies, thyme, allspice and a generous dose of rum.

How do I use it?

Simply slather over your meat and griddle, grill or BBQ for a full complement of flavours including hot, sweet, smoky and spiced. Alternatively, use as a condiment for your grilled meats and fish.

Berbere Spice Blend

Berbere is an Ethiopian mixture that is gaining popularity with the rising interest in North African cuisine. Containing ingredients such as allspice berries, fenugreek seeds, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and chillies, it’s no surprise that Berbere will give your dishes an incredible aroma with fiery and complex flavours.

How do I use it?

Berbere is traditionally used in meat or lentil stews, but it’s robust flavours make it ideal as a meat rub for your BBQ. Just add a drop of olive oil, a pinch of sea salt and leave to marinade for a short while before getting your meat on the BBQ!

Peppercorn Blend

If you’ve invested in some top-notch meat or fish, then you probably want to keep the seasoning subtle yet delicious. Peppercorn blend is a mixture of aromatic black, white and green peppercorns along with fruitier pink peppercorns and fragrant, allspice berries. There are few better blends to bring out the best of great ingredients.

How do I use it?

It really doesn’t get much easier – just grind over your meat or fish, add a pinch of sea salt and a drop of olive oil, then cook away!

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Edited by George Cheley

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