Dry Rubs

Ultimate Wild Game Rub

Time: 10 minutes; Difficulty: Easy

¼ cup kosher salt

¼ cup ground black pepper

¼ cup sweet paprika

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon granulated sugar

2 tablespoons dried thyme

2 tablespoons garlic powder

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon juniper berries, crushed and minced

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. For best results, use your fingers to fully distribute the juniper oils. This makes 1¼ cups, enough for 8 to 10 pounds of meat. Kept away from heat and light, it will last up to six months.


Beef Ribs Dry Rub


  • 1 tablespoon cumin

  • 1 tablespoon paprika

  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic

  • 1 tablespoon granulated onion

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon white pepper

Directions: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Store in an airtight container. Pack on the dry rub onto your next rack of ribs.


Chicken Dry Rub


  • 2 tablespoons non-iodized salt

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground thyme

  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 2 whole chickens, skin removed and separated into white and dark meat parts.


Mix dry ingredients together in a small bowl and rub into the chicken, making sure to get the rub into the nooks and crannies. Let rub sit on the chicken for up to 12 hours in the refrigerator.

Preheat a grill to medium heat.

Place dark meat on the grill first because it has a longer cooking time than white meat. Grill until the internal temperature of the chicken is 180 degrees F for all parts except the breasts and is 165 degrees F for the breasts when measured with an instant-read thermometer. When chicken is almost finished grilling, baste it with a generous amount of barbecue sauce all over the meat. Save any leftover sauce for dipping.

Stonewall Barbecue Sauce:

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1/2 cup ketchup

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon hot sauce

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and slowly bring to a boil over medium-high heat; then reduce the heat and simmer until the sauce begins to thicken. Base chicken, barbeque, and enjoy.

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