If you're looking for the perfect summertime grilling season gift for a friend or loved one, you can't go wrong with a set of tasty barbeque rubs. The unique flavors will allow the recipient to create restaurant-worthy grilled meats and even vegetables at home for a fraction of the cost.
Barbeque rubs are similar to marinades in that they infuse grilled foods with a variety of flavors, but they're dry instead of wet. Rather than allowing the cuts of meat to marinade in a liquid overnight in a refrigerator, you simply rub the spices in, which will give the food a more intense flavor in less time. You can also turn the dry rub into a marinade with the addition of a cooking liquid, such as balsamic vinegar and olive oil, or red wine.
The dry rubs are created using a wide range of spices, such as sea salt and black or cayenne peppers, oregano, smoked paprika, onion and garlic powders, cumin and sage. Some even feature finely ground brown sugar for a sweet taste. When you purchase the rubs in a set, the recipe can have fun experimenting on the grill. You can also purchase the rubs separately from on online gourmet food supplier and put your own set together.
Barbeque rubs make thoughtful presents for a variety of special occasions, including birthdays, holidays, housewarmings, weddings and anniversaries. Here are some gift set ideas to get you started:
1. Cookbook and Rub Set
Whether the recipient is a novice or advanced grilled, he'll appreciate a set of dry rubs and a cookbook filled with delicious recipe ideas. Look for a book that incorporates the rubs into the grilling techniques, and a then add a few of the spice blends to the gift box or basket.
If the celebrant is a vegetarian, pick a cookbook featuring all grilled vegetable ideas, and include complementing barbeque rubs.
2. Grilling Utensil and Rub Set
At the start of the summer grilling season, every outdoor cook could do with a new set of utensils and tools. Some options include a stainless steel spatula with a heat-resistant rubber handle, tongs, a rubber brush for applying marinades and sauces, and a wood board for preparing fish.
Create your own customized set of barbeque rubs, including a mix of sweet and spicy, mild, smoky Southwest-inspired and even Italian flavors. Include a bottle or two of sauces or marinades to round out the gift. Contact a barbeque rub supplier for more information.