June 01, 2022

The History of BBQ Spice Rubs

By Ndah Mbawa
The History of BBQ Spice Rubs

Let's talk about the basics...

A BBQ rub (also known as a dry rub, spice rub, seasoning rub, dry marinade, BBQ rub or wet rub/paste when wet) is any mixture of ground spices made for the purpose of being rubbed on meat prior to cooking. A quick and easy alternative to a marinade, a dry spice rub is applied to meat, fish or veggies before grilling to add a punch of flavour. Whether it's pork shoulder or a fresh salmon fillet, there's a versatile, one-sep spice rub out there that will pump up the volume on your protein of choice.

Spices were known to not only have been ued in cooking but also religious offerings up to 6 million years ago, all over the world spices were used BC. However the concept of a spice rub is not overtly known, there is evidence of BBQ in the Carribean (as seen in another of our blog posts) but if they were using dry rubs is not known until 19th/20th century America.

For those of you BBQ loving folks, you'll have rapidly rising company in this camp. Global BBQ sauces andrubs market size is estimated to be worth a WOPPING USD 8737.6 million inn 2022 and is forcast to USD  11980 million by 2028.