Definition: A Rub is a spice and/or herb mixture that is added to foods before cooking. Rubs can be completely dry or incorporate some liquids in which case it is called a wet rub or past. Rubs are most often used in barbecue and grilling because of their ability to stick to meats when grilled or smoked. Generally rubs start with paprika and/or chili powder to add color and mild flavor.
Also Known As: Dry Rub, Wet Rub, Spice Rub, Paste (when wet), Seasoning, Seasoning Rub, Dry marinade, BBQ Rub