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BBQ Rubs -- Too Much Sugar?

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Created July 01, 2013 at 7:32 PM

I'm a huge fan of BBQing, particularly in the summer. Generally, it's a very Paleo-friendly way to cook. There are a bunch of rubs that I really love--and a bunch more I'd love to try--but many of them contain sugar. Do you think the amount of sugar you get eating a piece of rubbed meat is negligible enough not to worry about? Or would you worry about it and avoid the rubs altogether?

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on July 02, 2013
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KC BBQ is on the sticky side, but it's where I had burnt ends. I use straight wood smoke on unseasoned meat most of the time (Andy's drum corps smoker, with a burn basket in the bottom - it holds wood fire for 2-3 hours) at about 300F for a slow roast. I generally do all the seasoning after, though I have used Dijon mustard as a wet rub.

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on July 02, 2013
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Word. I'm in Kansas City area so trying to find bbq without a pound of sugar is a challenge.

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on July 02, 2013
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I hate Flay but I love Leonard's dry rub. Eating those ribs on a buffet in Memphis....my oh my oh my....

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on July 01, 2013
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Not enough to worry about. Sugar itself is not not paleo, excess sugar is not paleo.

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on July 02, 2013
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Memphis style rubs seem to have less sugar. Bobby Flay's is pretty solid http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bbq-with-bobby-flay/rib-dry-rub-recipe/index.html

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on July 02, 2013
at 12:16 PM

KC BBQ is on the sticky side, but it's where I had burnt ends. I use straight wood smoke on unseasoned meat most of the time (Andy's drum corps smoker, with a burn basket in the bottom - it holds wood fire for 2-3 hours) at about 300F for a slow roast. I generally do all the seasoning after, though I have used Dijon mustard as a wet rub.

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on July 02, 2013
at 01:43 AM

I hate Flay but I love Leonard's dry rub. Eating those ribs on a buffet in Memphis....my oh my oh my....

4610451431ec7155c87a5698be682a95

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on July 02, 2013
at 02:41 AM

Word. I'm in Kansas City area so trying to find bbq without a pound of sugar is a challenge.

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on July 02, 2013
at 01:00 AM

The amount that you eat from a rub should be negligible, and personally I think barbeque is definitely worth a few grams of carbs!

If you're worried, though, you could try a few first that don't use sugar- here's a few I just pulled off google.

http://thedomesticman.com/2012/04/10/homemade-sugar-free-barbecue-rub/

http://thedomesticman.com/2011/03/07/easy-bbq-ribs/

Search for barbeque on Chowstalker: http://chowstalker.com/?bwbps_extnav_gal=29&bwbps_q=barbeque

http://playingwithfireandsmoke.blogspot.jp/1998/03/rubs.html - many sugar-free recipes!

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