Barbecue Rubs, Marinades and Sauces – Oh My!

Written by Diana - June 26, 2009 8 Comments

barbecue grill The other day my friend and I were discussing barbecue and she was troubled because she had rubs but never used them because she didn’t know how.  I’m learning a little bit about barbecue, and I’m willing to share my information with you.  Add to the conversation and share what you know too. 


Here’s the fun part, you can do a marinade, and then put on the rub or use the rub before a sauce, or use a marinade, then a rub then a sauce and a finishing sauce. Using one of these preparations doesn’t preclude you from using another, but also it isn’t required to use all for one meal. For my chicken breasts I like the rub taste to be on the chicken itself.  So I put the rub on the chicken, then use some barbecue sauce as a marinade and let the chicken sit in it – either in a bag or bowl for a half hour.  We put it on the grill and towards the end will slather on some more sauce.  I like my sauce to be all cooked down into it, so I don’t put any finishing on it. 

For my fish, I use a marinade with the rub in it.  Use some more while I’m grilling and then make a dijonaise-dill sauce for table side.

For steak I like it mostly plain with a little oil, salt and pepper.  I’ve been reading though that some cuts take to this more than others, so I’m experimenting to see how I like it best. 


What’s your favorite way to prepare your favorite cut of meat?  Do you have any suggestions?

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8 Outstanding Responses to "Barbecue Rubs, Marinades and Sauces – Oh My!"

    Sophie on June 26, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    These are lovely tips! Thanks so much!

    Angie (Losing It and Loving It) on June 26, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Love me some good bbq sauces and rubs. When I was in direct sales, I actually was a rep for a company that had bbq sauces and rubs and they got a lot of rewards for their products. In the end, the direct sales company closed but they opened a restaurant in FL and I believe still enter BBQ competitions.

    Anyway, I love steaks grilled and hubby uses steak rub on them. But I love BBQ sauce on meats too. Yum!

    Sweta on June 27, 2009 at 1:48 am

    Hey this is such cool info-thanks for sharing!!I honestly had no clue about it(like the friend of yours):)

    Robyns Online World on June 28, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Hubby is the main griller in our house. I do the prep work on a lot of it before he gets home from work and then he relaxes while he grills.

    If you are trying to stay on a tight budget you can buy tougher cuts of beef and marinate them longer. This will tenderize them and infuse lots of flavor and you will think it’s something much more expensive. I use a fork to poke LOTS of holes in the beef that we will be doing a long marinade on – makes it even better.

    Hubby’s best thing is BBQ porksteaks. He seasons them with s&p and garlic powder and grills them. Then does a couple of coats of his special BBQ sauce on them while they are on the grill. Then he transfers to a pan on the grill that has more sauce in them and moves to a cooler area of the grill to continue cooking for at least 30 minutes or so. They are super tender and super flavorful!

    Diana on June 28, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    Last year, my sister in law very generously brought a big hunk of meat that she cut into steaks for us. I asked her if she was going to tenderize or marinade in order to make it more tender, but she thought it would be fine. However, it was a little tough and I think we will remember to tenderize or marinade them the next time.

    Angie, you must be our sauce afficiando then. Do you have lowfat suggestions?

    So Robyn,I hope you will post your recipe soon for your husband’s secret sauce. Share the wealth.

    Julia on April 12, 2010 at 1:49 am

    Thanks for these tips!

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