The difference between the rubs and the seasoning on the grocery store shelves.
What are Rubs?
- Blend of ground spices used to add flavor and surface texture to meats.
- Rubs form a crusty layer or coating on the outside of food which locks juices inside, called a bark.
- Rub spices are usually coarsely ground and applied more liberally than seasonings.
- In addition to spices, salt and sugar may be added to the rub, the salt for flavor and the sugar for caramelization.
- Rubs typically contain higher amounts of salt, herbs, crushed garlic or onion added for flavor impact. When used in a marinade, this is most beneficial.
Common foods that are rubbed
Rubs are mainly used to quickly and easily add flavor to meats, poultry, fish/seafood.
Also great when sprinkled on vegetables prior to grilling.
There are a large number of recipes where rubs are used to season a dish, e.g., soups, stews, chilis, pasta dishes, dips, spreads/dressings, etc.
Rubs are usually applied just before the cooking of the food.
Rubs are most often applied to grilled meats.
Cooking with rubs is almost always done using a dry heat method of cooking where almost no water is used in cooking:
What are Seasoning Mixes?
- Blend of dried herbs and spices (and salt) used to enhance and/or add flavor to a dish.
- The timing of when seasonings are added will affect the food being cooked.
- Most beneficial when moisture/liquid is present in the recipe, e.g., water, broth, sauce, etc. in order to bring out the flavors of the individual components of the blend.
- Seasonings typically contain higher amounts of dried, leafy herbs such as parsley, cilantro, basil, oregano, etc. that benefit from hydration.
- Seasonings may have ingredients like crushed garlic or onion added to increase the flavor impact.
Common foods that are seasoned
Seasonings are used to impart flavor to any dish that otherwise would be considered bland or boring without it.
There are a large number of recipes where seasoning mixes are used to season a dish, e.g., soups, stews, chilis, pasta dishes, dips, spreads/dressings, sauces, etc.
Seasoning Mixes are usually added at the beginning of cooking.
Seasoning Mixes can be used in just about any application and are most commonly used where a moist heat (or sometimes dry heat*) method is used:
Has anyone had a good experience with rubs or seasoning that you wouldn’t mind sharing? I don’t mind checking them out. If you have any ideas, questions or thoughts, please let me know.