Want to know a secret? I make things up a lot when I am grilling. Very few things in cooking and especially grilling are an exact science. It is all about a starting point, knowing certain ingredients and how they go together to create a nice backdrop to add more flavor. A lot of people ask me at cookouts “what’s in this rub?”. Usually my response starts with “kosher salt, garlic powder, and…uh…whatever else was in the cupboard”. You see, cooking and grilling is supposed to be fun and you are encouraged to get creative. Use your tastebuds, they will hardly ever let you down (unless you have a cold). So without further adieu, I give you my “go-to” rub for chicken. I encourage you to use this as your starting point and experiment from there. Throw in some dried herbs, taste and repeat until you get something you like. Label it your secret rub. I won’t tell them you are just making it up as you go along, I promise, our secret!
1.5 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon sage
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon sugar
- Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl.
- Taste your new rub.
- Add something sweet if it tastes too salty. Add more herbs to accent a certain taste, etc.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you like it.
- Rinse and pat dry your chicken.
- If you are cooking chicken with skin still attached, gently loosen the skin and rub some of the rub in between the skin and meat.
- Rub the remaining rub all over the outside of the chicken.
- Tell everyone you are going to market with your secret rub.