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Barrel Smoking Chunks for Grilling Season

June 1st is just a couple days away, which means summer is unofficially here and it’s time to fire up the grill! There’s something about the smell of barbecue wafting through a neighborhood that makes you just want to breathe deeper and appreciate life. Back in November, I posted about smoking a turkey for Thanksgiving using our barrel smoking chunks, so I think it’s time to revisit the awesomeness of barrel chunks but this time, I’m giving you a dry rub BBQ recipe that is perfect for ribs, pork chops, or chicken.

Now, you might think that flavorful smoking chunks are just for use with a smoker, but that would be false. Big fat no. Sure, you absolutely can use them with a smoker and they will be amazing, but if you have a good ol’ fashioned regular grill, no worries. You don’t even need a fancy smoking basket. Just take some heavy duty aluminum foil, fold it into a little basket, pour in some barrel chunks, and set it right on your gas grill grates to heat alongside your food. Using a charcoal grill? Pour those smoking chunks directly onto the charcoal – no foil basket needed.

With that sweet aroma of charred oak and bourbon, don’t be surprised when your neighbors start peering over your fence! Prefer a little infusion of tequila or rum? We got you covered. When you order barrel chunks, you can choose the barrel they come from – bourbon, tequila, or rum. Each has a unique flavor profile that will transfer to your food in the form of smokey goodness. It’s 10am and I’m now dreaming of what’s for dinner tonight...I also just realized it’s Friday...welp, this workday is looking shorter and shorter by the minute! Have a great weekend and go fire up your grill!

Lip Smackin’ Dry Rub

¼ cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons black pepper

2 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon ground mustard

½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ teaspoon celery salt

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Mix everything in a bowl, using a fork to break up clumps. Store in an airtight container for up to a month.

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