Brining meats "soaks" the flavor in and depending on the meat determines the length of time in the brine. It can be any where from minutes to hours. Make sure to do some research on the length, some brines with vinegar can actually start to cook the meat.
Some brines can actually be used as an injectable to get the flavor all the way in. Both of these methods can help add moisture to the meat as well.
Rubbing meat this will bring the flavor and make the bark. Just like the brine we want to let the rub set in.
Sauces can vary as well, some are used while cooking others used as a side.
Check out below for my favorites and some best sellers on Amazon.
You probably won't find these rubs at the local store but they are a great choice and great variety. Matt Pittman's brand with the Gospel coming in at lucky #13 in the Top 15 best selling BBQ rubs on Amazon. These taste great and should be ranked higher.
You can pick these up at the local store. I love to put these on my steaks and burgers.
I've seen some in stores. This was surprisingly good.
This is Malcom Reeds brand this is ranked as the #8 best seller on Amazon.
Slap Yo Daddy
Harry Soo's brand
Kosmos comes in at #5 ranked best selling BBQ seasoning on Amazon. Packed full of flavor. I can't wait to try all varieties.
Jess Pryles Brand
Bad Byron's ranks #16 out of the top 20 best selling rubs on Amazon. I've picked up this at the local grocery store as well as Sam's Club.
Heath Riles Seasonings
He does have the #3 ranked best selling BBQ seasoning on Amazon
What is the #1 best selling BBQ seasoning or rub on Amazon? Traeger Grills SPC171 Pork and Poultry Rub with Apple and Honey
I'm really surprised on this one. I haven't tried it but Traeger is one of the best selling pellet smokers so the name carries a lot of weight.
Dukes Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce
If you live in the south Dukes is the undisputed #1 choice of mayonnaise. On a whim I was in a rush to grab a sauce and picked this up. It is my favorite store brand sauce. Give it a try. The other varieties are great as well but the Gold is the best. Give the Alabama White a try on chicken.
Bone Suckin' Sauce Original,"we're Talkin' Serious"
Just like the rub this was surprisingly good. This is a thicker sauce that is very savory. I've seen this in stores. Ranks #83 so if we are going top #100 best sellers this hits the list on Amazon.
Sweet Baby Rays
I would venture to say this is the most popular store brand BBQ Sauce. It's a little sweet for my tastes. Comes in at the #33 best seller so it officially ranks in the Top 50 Sauces on Amazon. If you are making some wings be sure to grab their Buffalo Wing Sauce
Stubbs BBQ Sauce
This is a variety you can buy in the store. It's not bad but for the price, I'd make my own or buy the Dukes.
Killer Hogs BBQ Sauce
This is a great tasting sweet and tangy BBQ sauce from Malcom Reed ranked just out side of the Top 25 BBQ sauces on Amazon.
Heath Riles BBQ Tangy Vinegar Barbecue Sauce
Another tangy BBQ sauce from another BBQ Pittmaster, Heath Riles. Can't go wrong with either one and its hard to choose. That's why I bought both. #73 ranked best seller on Amazon.
The #1 Ranked BBQ Sauce on Amazon? Bachan's Japanese BBQ Sauce
I've been seeing this one pop up more and more in some recipes and videos. This tastes very similar to an Eel sauce.
Dale's Steak Marinade
It's called Dales Steak Marinade but it's delicious on everything. This can be bought in stores. I love to marinade chicken in this. Head over to the blog for the King Wing Recipe.
Chiavetta's Buffalo's own BBQ marinade
Chiavetta's is regional to Western NY. If you live or have friends or family in the area you can find this in the grocery stores for much cheaper. Check out the blog for the write up.
Best Maid Dill Juice
Yup it's Pickle Juice the secret ingredient to great fried chicken. This will give you a similar taste to Chic-Fil-A
Kosmos Pork Soak
Kosmos makes some good blends. One bag will give you enough to brine and inject it. They do make specific brines and injections.
Oakridge Game Changer Brine
Oakridge like Kosmos makes a great variety and one bag will go a long way for a brine and injection.
South Chicago Packing Company Wagyu Beef Tallow
This is an absolute must for briskets and beef ribs. I also toss it in the cast iron for steaks, burgers, dogs and all things beef.
Cornhusker Duck Fat
Use this to kick things up a notch. Great to add to chicken and useful for various other recipes.