Let’s start with preparing the rub. Many BBQ cooks keep their rub recipes a secret. That’s just plain silly in my opinion unless of course you’re competing in a competition or running your own restaurant. If you don’t share, the rest of us can’t get better at the craft.
Rub – Stage 1
2 tsp whole black peppercorns
2 tsp whole mustard seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp celery seeds
Take the spices above and toast them in a small dry skillet over medium heat. You’ll know when it’s done when you get this amazing waft of spice filling your kitchen. It takes about 3-4 minutes in all. Remove the spices and let them cool a bit before transferring to a spice grinder.
Rub – Stage 2
Now add the following to the spice grinder and pulverise it to a nice fine grit.
3 tbsp paprika (smoked would be awesome too!)
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp pure sea salt
1.5 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
Grind it all up and set it aside… your ultimate rib rub is now done.
Let’s move to the sauce next. In a large saucepan add the following ingredients:
1 can of high octane Coca-Cola (the regular stuff in the red can)
1 cup Heinz ketchup
1/4 cup Apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp molasses
2 tbsp pure Canadian maple syrop
2 tbsp ultimate rib rub (yes, the stuff you just made!)
Bring the sauce to a boil and then reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer (uncovered) for about 25 minutes. It’ll thicken up bef