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Chicago Fire Barbecue Rub

According to legend, in October 1871, a fire that started in the O Leary barn burned down most of Chicago. Because wildfires started at the same time around Lake Michigan, astronomers now believe the destruction was caused by the break-up of a comet. We packed all that heat into this tangy, complex barbecue rub that's truly ideal for ribs.

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The Spice House
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While barbecue may be a southern tradition, Chicago has its fair share of pitmasters and fanatics. This robust blend makes for exceptional smoked ribs, pork shoulder, and chicken. Use three tablespoons of this barbecue rub for every pound of meat. For best results, coat meat in yellow mustard before applying the spice rub. We can’t reveal the precise ingredients of this BBQ spice rub, but we can tell you that it has a good shake of paprika plus some garlic, onion, oregano, thyme, a few types of chile pepper and a pinch of salt. This blend was previously called 'Gary Wiviott's Barbecue Rub.'



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