This Kansas City rub is the most ecumenical of barbecue seasonings. Sweet rather than salty, flavorful rather than fiery, it contains mustard in the style of a Memphis rub and chili powder in the style of Texas.
Here’s a way to infuse the evocative spice and smoke flavors of true barbecue into a conventional fast-cooking burger. It uses a smoke-scented barbecue rub. Steven Raichlen calls it The Barbecue Burger; you might call it smoky nirvana.
Eating these ribs can be almost a religious experience, especially when coupled with Sweet-and-Smoky Barbecue Sauce.
Bacon and bourbon—two flavorings with deep roots in American barbecue. They come together in this smoky tangy barbecue sauce created by Project Smoke smoke wrangler and frequent Barbecue Board contributor, Rob Baas.
Ask most Americans to describe the perfect barbecue sauce and they’ll invoke a thick sweet red ketchup-based sauce with a zing of vinegar and a whiff of liquid smoke. In short, the sort of sauce Kansas City barbecue buffs have slathered on ribs and briskets for decades.