Spicy, Smoky BBQ Rubs & Sauces

A complex ingredient-packed rub or perfectly simmered sauce makes all the difference in turning out great barbecue meals.

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AB's Chili Powder

Once you try Alton's homemade chili powder, you'll scoff at the store-bought variety. Roasting the dried chiles and cumin seeds before grinding releases their essential oils, intensifying their flavor and aroma. 

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Chuck's BBQ Sauce

Chuck laces his sweet, rich BBQ sauce with a full cup of espresso. Let the onions caramelize until golden brown to add extra depth.

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Rib Dry Rub

This complex dry rub possesses sweet, salty, peppery and fiery ingredients — perfect for prepping any meat.

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Smoky BBQ Sauce

Both the bacon and chipotle pepper contribute to the smoky flavor of this sauce. The bacon provides salty and meaty flavors, while the chipotle packs some heat.

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Juniper Mop Sauce

Slather this tangy gin-laced, juniper-coriander mop on your next chicken dinner for a meal with a kick.

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Apple Rub

The fruity apple and warm spice flavors in this rub are light and pleasing. Sprinkle it on pork tenderloin, chicken or turkey breasts.

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Barbeque Baked Beans

Baked beans are typically very sweet. These have sugar in them but are balanced by the beer's bitterness, the vinegar's tang and the heat from the peppers.

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Black Pepper Vinegar BBQ Mop Sauce

When using this peppery mop, make sure to scoop up the bits at the bottom to get the full punch in every bite.

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Korean BBQ Sauce

This fragrant and spicy sauce is best used on flanken-cut beef ribs or pork ribs, applied toward the end of their cooking.

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Cuban Mojo-Inspired BBQ Sauce

This Cuban-inspired sauce gets its mojo from mustard powder, cayenne pepper and chili powder (to name a few). Start brushing the sauce when halfway through cooking chicken or fish, or serve as a sauce on the side.

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Green Chile Tomatillo BBQ Sauce

Adding fresh herbs after cooking gives this sauce bright flavor, while tequila lends a final potent note. It's amazing brushed on bone-in chicken breasts or pork tenderloin when they are nearly done cooking.

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South Carolina-Style BBQ sauce

This sharp, bright yellow and super-punchy barbecue sauce goes equally well with chicken, fish or pork. Cook your meat at least halfway before adding the sauce to prevent burning.

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Sweet and Sour BBQ Sauce

This tangy and savory barbecue sauce with a sweet side is delicious on chicken wings or fish alike. Brush it on three quarters of the way through the cooking time.

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Apple Cider BBQ Mop and Sauce

This recipe makes different sauces depending on how long you cook it. When thin, it can be used as a mop sauce applied at the start of cooking and throughout. Thickened on the stovetop, it becomes a barbecue sauce that you apply much closer to the end of cooking. It's great on pork cuts of any kind.

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BBQ Shrimp Cocktail

The combination of horseradish, lemon and various peppers adds a bright, spicy flavor to the shrimp.

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Corn on the Cob with Butter Rub

This smoky, spicy, onion-y butter adds dimension to sweet grilled corn.

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All-Purpose Beef BBQ Rub

This all-purpose rub is a little sweet with a little heat, and features some sharper notes of rosemary and onion. Generously sprinkle it on beef steaks or ribs about 30 minutes to an hour before cooking.

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