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Searching for pre-made BBQ rubs...

Hello all! For years, I've used Tulocay's Made In Napa Valley rubs - beef & burger, poultry, Asian, Moroccan, etc. - when grilling meat, poultry, and fish. I love them - they're quick (just mix with olive oil and apply 15-30 minutes before grilling) and absolutely delicious. Unfortunately, the company periodically runs out of stock, and I'm now entirely out...but preparing grilled chicken for a group next week. I've combed the web, but it seems the Tucolay's rubs are out of stock everywhere.

Can anyone recommend another good, commercially-available rub or other BBQ seasoning for chicken?

Many thanks!

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  1. Penzeys has a good selection of various premixed spice rubs.
    Their spices are very fresh. Most commercial rubs I've tried seem
    stale and dead in comparison.


    BBQ 3000

    Arizona Dreaming

    Barbecue of the Americas

    Bicentennial Rub Seasoning

    Galena Street Rib and Chicken Rub

    Northwoods Seasoning

    Old World Seasoning

    Ozark Seasoning

    Southwest Seasoning

    Tuscan Sunset

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    1. re: Antilope

      I second Penzey's. Although I usually make my own rub for bbq, I've used several of the blends listed above and they are great. As Ant mentioned, very fresh.

      1. re: DMW

        What do you think of the Barbecue 3000 rub? I made a rib rub over the weekend based off some of the ingredients I saw in their recipe.

      2. re: Antilope

        Thanks for the great suggestions! The ingredients in these sound terrific. I've ordered several and am looking forward to trying them out!

      3. I would make my own and you can find lots of recipes, but if you want to purchase a mix, try Tom Douglas' Rubs of Love.

          1. Turn this problem into an opportunity, and make your own rub. My complaint with most commercial rubs and pastes is that they use way too much salt.

            1. I second the previous comment, it's so fun to mix up your own dry rubs! You can be super creative with it too. I make a coffee rub - http://sizzlegrove.blogspot.com/2010/... - which I love to use for smoked roast beef.

              1. we really love an all purpose rub called Grub Rub

                  1. If you don't want to make your own Blues Hog makes one of the best:

                    Bad Byron's makes a solid rub that I can find in the grocery store:

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                    1. re: CDouglas

                      I didn't know Blues Hog made rub. I do know they make a heckuva good sauce.

                      I make my own rub but Smokin' Guns out of KC makes a fine pre-made rub.

                    2. The only commercial rub I've found worth any of my $$ is this:

                      I usually only make my own, but I would not hesitate to buy this product. Warning, it has a kick! The heat mellows throughout the smoke time.

                      1. I know this shocks many foodies, but I find Old Bay Seasoning a splendid rub for meat AND fish. It is not just for seafood, and you can add other spices to expand the flavor.

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                        1. re: OldTimer

                          Nothing wrong with Old Bay. They even sell an Old Bay rub.