“I took some Smoky Barrel Jerky with me during an expedition to climb Mount Everest. It was a delicious addition to my expedition snacks and helped to keep me fuelled all the way to the summit and back” Scott Webster – WMCI Mountain Guide and IPGA polar guide

All about our rubs...

Our rubs and seasonings are the results of years of carefully blending and balancing a variety of herbs and spices and when mixed with Worcestershire Sauce are the foundation of our award winning beef jerky and other dishes here at the Smoky barrel.

Rubs and seasonings can be used in any situation: Making planned meals at home, professional kitchens, BBQ events, street food catering or just to experiment with in any dishes. A real flavour enhancer, we wanted to create something that could be used day to day on foods of your choice, not just for barbecuing or special occasions.

We only use the best ingredients: high-quality herbs & spices, brown sugar and just the right amount of salt to perfectly balance each rub and seasonings flavour profile. We don’t add anything artificial - No MSG nitrites or sulphates Sugar is a great ingredient because it enhances flavour, it helps form the crust and the browning of the meat. for general health purposes, we use brown sugar instead of regular, white sugar.
Rubs and seasoning should be an essential part of indoor or outdoor cooking (in our humble opinion!) whether grilling, roasting, frying or smoking. It is a hands on yet simple way of creating an intense flavour with whatever you are cooking, transforming meals into instant favourites- be it meat, fish, chicken or veg.

                                What is a rub and how do I use it?
A rub is a combination of dry spices, sugar, and seasonings. All of these are mixed and then rubbed into meat or vegetables before cooking. As opposed to marinades, dry rubs work because they stick to the natural moisture of the meat. Mixing the rub with some vegetable or olive oil in a bowl helps you achieve an even coating by hand or with a food brush

To use, you grab your rub of choice and take the cut of meat then rub the mixture in by hand before cooking. This is where the spice mixtures get their name from. Sprinkle the spices over and rub them into the meat with your hands - it is just that simple. Using a rub allows the flavour of the spices penetrate into the meat and also creates an even taste. If you rub a nice cut of meat, the spices bring out even more flavours.

The best thing is not to miss a spot and rub every nook and cranny of the meat. If, for example, you have some chicken with skin on, you should rub the mixture under the skin, too. Get in there and don't be shy!
Now, as with marinades, you can leave the rub on the meat for hours or even overnight, but you don’t have to, especially if everyone around you is hungry. Cooking time depends on the weight and

Our rubs are also ideal as a seasoning to many dishes, add a pinch to your liking to pasta, pizzas, stews soups, sauces, vegetables, egg or salads to bring out the flavour, the list is endless, we love Tex-mex seasoning mixed in with baked beans...

Experiment to you hearts content with our rubs and seasonings!
Check out our rub and seasonings guide and recipes here: Recipes