"This zesty rub will bring out the best in ribs and other meats. Try it on chicken!" — ALIKAT695
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packed dark brown sugar
monosodium glutamate (MSG)
ground black pepper
cayenne pepper, or to taste
WOW! I am so glad I tried this recipe. Typically when BBQing, I use a sauce but find that the sauce burns easily. I saw a program on Food Network that talked about using rubs on meat when BBQing...so I decided to try one. I had all the ingredients needed for this recipe along with a nice slab of pork ribs.
I mariniated the ribs for about 3 hours before grilling. I grilled the ribs approximately 1 1/2 hours. They were perfect. The meat fell off the bone and my family pratically licked the platter clean. The only change I made to the recipe is to NOT use MSG.
Three stars as written. I'm lucky enough to enjoy real Memphis rub (in Memphis!) about 3-4 times a year and, looking over the ingredients, I knew instantly this needed some tweaking. It just didn't seem to have the zest or the complexity of Memphis rubs I've become familiar with and love. First, if you've got a good blend of spices to begin with, the MSG isn't necessary - so I left it out. I also reduced the cayenne by half and used a sweet paprika. The ingredients listed were fine, it's just that it was clear there were also some seasonings glaringly missing. I don't profess to be a Memphis rub expert, but after I added (for a half recipe) 1-1/2 T. of chili powder, 1 tsp, cumin, and 1 tsp. each of dried oregano and thyme, this rub came alive. Hubby grilled our ribs with it, low and slow, then served them with BBQ sauce on the side. Delicious. Wish I would have made the full recipe!
I am from Memphis and I see many recipes claiming to be a "Memphis Rub". This is the real deal. Perfection!
I guess since I just made my second batch yesterday it's time for a review! This rub is fantastic. So far I've used it on grilled chicken breast, beef tenderloin, hamburgers, pork tenderloin, and salmon. I don't doubt that it's fabulous on ribs too. Like others, I omitted the MSG and used meat tenderizer instead. And you can always make it a bit peppier by increasing the cayenne and/or dry mustard. However, I have to disagree with one reviewer who said it was like the rub used by the Rendezvous restaurant in Memphis. If you like Rendezvous ribs then add a bunch of cumin and it'll be close. Thanks for a great recipe that also saves me a ton of money!
I omitted MSG (gives me migraines) and added meat tenderizer. The ribs were tender and everyone liked them!
I was just going to search for "rib rub" or similar, until my husband mentioned the best ribs he ever had were in Memphis, so I searched for "Memphis Rub" instead. I'm so glad only one recipe came up since I didn't have time to check out a bunch, read reviews, etc. This rub was fantastic! I didn't have the MSG & I'm not sure what it could have added to the flavor. I can't wait to try it on other meats! So all I can say is, "Thank you, thank you very much!" for a little taste of Memphis.
What a awesome rub! You're right it's great on a roasting chicken. I rub it on in the AM and cook it for dinner. The flavors sink into the meat and it always comes out juicy :o)
Excellente! If you live in a town where specialty rubs are not plentiful, try this...even if you do have rub availability. I rubbed my pork and wrapped it in wax paper, ziplocked it and kept it in the frig overnite then smoked it the next day. Perfect!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 12
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