BBQ rubs can also be wet. Wet BBQ rubs are dry seasonings combined with some sort of liquid. Sometimes more than one type of liquid is used. For example, with a very lean cut of pork, I might use vinegar and oil with my seasonings. The oil adds some fat to the meat and helps to keep it moist and juicy throughout the grilling or smoking process.
In wet BBQ rubs, the liquid is often called the “vehicle.” That’s an apt term because the liquid helps carry the seasonings into the fat and muscle. This is especially the case if you use a liquid that’s high in acid, like vinegar, for example. Sometimes I use a combination of vinegar, fruit juices, and oil. Other wet ingredients you might like to try in your wet BBQ rubs recipes include wine, bourbon, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, or Dale’s sauce.
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