Who doesn't love the smokey taste of BBQ chicken? This make-ahead mixture will season several chicken dishes!
This chicken BBQ rub recipe couldn't be easier to put together. It's so easy, in fact, that you'll stick to making your own rubs in the future - not only are they a lot cheaper than the store-bought variety, but you can also fine-tune the ingredients to get the flavor just the way you want it.
How to use this chicken BBQ rub
This BBQ rub uses a mixture of very basic spices that you probably already have at home. To give your chicken loads of extra flavor, make sure you apply the rub well ahead of your cooking time. Whilst it's fine to leave it for just 30 minutes or so, letting the chicken sit with the dry bub on it for a few hours really helps deepen the flavor. Better still, why not leave it overnight?
Before applying the rub, make sure your chicken is completely thawed, then pat it all over with a paper towel to dry it. You can then apply the dry rub straight to the skin, or rub the chicken all over with a little olive oil first. This helps the spices stick to the skin a lot better. Don't go too crazy with the olive oil, though, or your carefully prepared dry rub will run right off!
When you apply the rub, be very careful not to put the hand with which you touch the raw chicken back into the container. This will contaminate the rest of the rub and you will have to throw it out.
Make sure you apply the spices evenly, all over the bird and in every nook and cranny! If the chicken has skin, lift it up and apply some of the dry rub underneath, so that the flavor doesn't all disappear the minute the skin is removed!
Finally, set your chicken aside until you are ready to use it. Keep it in the refrigerator, in an airtight container with a lid. You probably want to avoid storing it in food-safe bags or plastic wrap, as you may find that these will rub off some of the spices.
Should you wash chicken before applying a dry rub?
No, you shouldn't.
In fact, health experts say you should never wash raw chicken. Although it may seem like a safe thing to do, washing chicken actually increases your risk of illness caused by food-borne bacteria. This is because placing raw meat under running water could cause bacteria to splash all over and around your sink, potentially causing it to come into contact with your dishes or cutlery.
As long as you cook chicken properly, there is no need to wash it.
How to store your chicken BBQ rub
Store your dry rub in an airtight container or jar in a dark, cool place. If you live in a humid climate, keep it in the refrigerator. The flavor will be at its best for up to 6 months after preparation. Since this recipe is so quick and easy to prepare, it's best to make smaller quantities that you store for less time, as this will ensure the flavor is always bright and fresh.