Barbecue, barbeque, bar-b-q, and BBQ all refer to a cooking method, an outdoor party with foods cooked in this method, and often to any food cooked outdoors. In its purest form, barbecue uses indirect heat and a long, slow process breaking down tough cuts of meat into mouth-watering tender morsels. Different types of barbecue use different meats, spiced sauces and flavorings (added at various times during cooking), smokes, equipment and fuel, and total cooking time. These all affect the final flavor and tenderness of whatever meat is barbecued. Barbecue techniques have been used worldwide, probably since humans first struck two rocks together and beheld the awesome power of fire. We have two dry spice rubs specifically for barbecue. One is a sweet Northern seasoning variety. The other has the spark and kick of slightly spicy West Indian cooking—also available in a salt-free version. They can be added to tomato sauce or ketchup for barbecue sauce. Several of our other blends are also staff favorites for barbecue. Of course, we’ve also put together several gift sets for outdoor grilling enthusiasts. Stop by any of our three stores, or call us, for personal recommendations from The Spice House crew. Everyone’s got their favorite flavors! Any one of our barbecue rub seasonings will work wonders for your bbq rib or bbq chicken recipes. Order one to try at the next backyard barbecue, and wow your friends with your Chicago-style bbq cooking! We've also got a great collection of BBQ recipes.