A marinade and rub of the month club is the ideal way to try some new products from all over the country. Some subscriptions are for one or the other, but some are a combination of the two. Whether it is for yourself or a loved one, a rub and marinade subscription is the perfect way to celebrate the changing of the seasons.
First, before we get into the great debate of rubs versus marinades, it needs to be stated that the terms grilling and barbecuing are used interchangeably.
For hardcore backyard chefs, this may irritate you, but the reality is that for the majority of the world, they mean the same thing. However, the truth is there are three primary styles of backyard cooking:
- Grilling – A faster way of cooking using higher temps for foods such as steaks, burgers, and brats
- Barbecuing – A slow lower temp form of cooking meats such as pork shoulder or brisket
- Smoking – A slow low temp form of cooking using wood chips or pellets to infuse the meat with different flavors used for meat like brisket, ribs, and pork butt
Rubs are a method used to flavor the outside of the meat and aid in creating a nice bark when smoking the meat. A dry rub is a combination of dried herbs, spices, and sugars. A wet rub is a dry rub combined with a sauce or liquid.
A marinade is a liquid used to help tenderize and flavor the meat. Marinating is a process that is completed before cooking the meat and can take anywhere from 30 minutes to more than 12 hours.
There's nothing like the smell of the first steaks on the barbeque or brisket in the smoker to let you know spring is finally here. And grilling season means its time to get out our favorite rubs and marinades or try some new ones. So, why not check these clubs out?
Marinade and Rub of the Month Clubs
- BBQ Box
- BBQ Rub Club
- Grill Masters Club
- Armadillo Pepper
- Gourmet Food Clubs
- The Spice House
- Savory Spice
The BBQ Box is a straightforward monthly subscription. Each month you will receive a rub, a marinade, wood chip sample, snack (like jerky), and recipe card with one to three recipes for the rub and marinade that month.
The first box is the welcome box and will be a box from the previous month. After that, you will receive the standard monthly BBQ box.
Shipments go out on the 30th of each month, so most people receive their BBQ box the first week of the month. BBQ Box is available in a few different subscription options:
- Month-to-month (cancel anytime) for $26.99
- 3 Months for $77.88
- 6 Months for $149.88
- 12 Months for $275.88
The prices listed above do not include the cost of shipping. If you intend to give this as a gift, you can indicate this during check out.
Additionally, after signing up, you will have the option of purchasing the products contained in your box online à la carte at a discounted price.
BBQ Rub Club
BBQ Rub Club started when founder Brian Villanueva, saw that his wife enjoyed receiving her monthly subscription boxes. Since Brian was already an avid award-winning barbecuer, he decided to start a BBQ subscription box company.
Not only does Brian have rubs he's come up with, but he also enjoys trying new ones created by different pit-masters. Brian works with various BBQ companies looking to bring his customers only the very best in BBQ products.
Some of the brands you might find in your subscription box include Suckle Busters, Rubbin' Right, Meat Church, Killer Hogs, and KC Butt Spice.
When you sign up for their rub club, there are three different subscription options:
- Month-to-month (cancel anytime) for $27.00
- 3 Months for $69.95
- 6 Months for $115.95
Each box will contain a combination of rubs and marinades for a total of two each month. Sometimes it will be just rubs, just marinades, or one of each. You also get a BBQ Rub Club sticker and free 1-3 day shipping.
All of the boxes are based on a single brand, and if you enjoy a particular rub or marinade, they sell all of the brands on their website so you can buy more before you run out.
Grill Masters Club
Grill Masters Club, located in Jacksonville, Florida, brings backyard grill masters together with various delicious grilling products such as rubs, marinades, and grilling accessories.
Each box ships out the seventh of each month, and shipping is available to all fifty states, but international shipping is discouraged.
The boxes contain 4 to 5 different grilling products such as rubs, sauces, marinade, recipes, and grilling utensils.
Each box is unique, so you never have to worry that you will receive the same products twice. Additionally, all of their BBQ products have been tested by the Grill Master team to ensure it meets their high standards, before ever getting to your door.
The BBQ Box comes in a few different subscription choices:
- Month-to-month (cancel anytime) for $29.99
- 3 Months for $28.99/month
- 6 Months for $26.99/month
- 12 Months for $24.99/month
Plus, if you are ever stumped coming up with a good recipe or grilling idea, the Grill Master website has a blog full of recipes and tips, including unique ways to use your Grill Master products.
Armadillo Pepper, best known for their hot sauces, also offers an array of rubs, marinades, jerky, salsa, and other delicious choices. This southern-based company also sells a variety of gifts like baskets and subscriptions.
Shipping is a $5.99 flat fee unless expedited shipping is requested, or if your order exceeds $69, then shipping is free. Armadillo Pepper ships anywhere in the lower 48 states, and do their best to get the order shipped out the door within two business days of receiving your order.
Armadillo Pepper offers a range of different monthly clubs, including Jerky Box, Salsa, Hot Sauce or Super Hot Sauce, Exotic Jerky, 1lb or 2lb Jerky Box, BBQ Sauce and BBQ Rub, and BBQ Sauce.
The BBQ Sauce and Rub box comes in three different subscription plans:
- 3 Months for $79.95
- 6 Months for $159.95
- 12 Months for $309.95
Each month the recipient will receive a box containing a rub and a sauce. Some of the brands you may find your sauce and rub box include King Street Blues, Kettlewood, Ole Ray's, Big Bob Gibson, and CaJohns.
Gourmet Food Clubs
Gourmet Food Clubs is a leading online food and gift company located in Moorpark, California. Gourmet Food Clubs' goal is to bring family and friends together to enjoy delicious food.
The Gourmet Food Club company offers a few items for sale, but as their name indicates they specialize in monthly food subscriptions such as:
- Syrup and Pancake mix
- Pancake, Syrup, and Bacon
- Swine and Wine
And of course, they have a rub club. Their BBQ rub subscription comes in a three-month option for $39.99. Each month the recipient receives one 8-oz bottle of unique spice rub.
If you plan on giving this as a gift, you can include a gift message during checkout. The price of the club is for all three months and includes shipping.
The rubs included in the club are great to add to other culinary adventures such as sauces, meatloaf, or added to cheese bread, just a light sprinkle before toasting the bread.
The Spice House
The Spice House opened in 1957, by founders Bill Sr. and Ruth Penzey, searching the world over for the best spices, herbs, extracts, and blends. The store passed down to the next generation Patty and Tom. They later sold the company to Dave and Dan, who carry on the tradition of providing premium spices to their loyal customers.
Over the last sixty-plus years, The Spice House has provided premium spices to famous Michelin-star restaurants as well as home chefs, creating new culinary deliciousness. The Spice House creates their blends by grinding their spices and herbs weekly to ensure their customers receive the freshest products possible.
The Spice House offers an array of products from unique salts and salt blends to essentials such as ginger and horseradish powder. And if you are looking for the perfect gift for the chef in your life, they have three different BBQ sets ideal for any occasion.
- Barbecue Essentials Bundle
- Barbecue Collection
- Barbecue Deluxe Collection
The different gift sets include various spices and several rubs like:
- Brisket of Love Barbecue Rub
- Old Quebec Butcher's Rub
- Bronzeville Southern Rib Rub
- West Indies Salt-Free Barbecue Rub
Savory Spice opened in 2004 when founders Mike and Janet Johnston pursued their dream of bringing spices, blends, and recipes to friends, family, and beyond.
They first opened as a retail shop, but later added their online store so those not in the Denver area could enjoy their many products. Savory Spice's first store and online presence was such a success they opted to expand and opened another shop in Littleton, which was soon followed by stores in Boulder and East Denver.
In addition to their amazing spices and blends, they also have an array of fun recipes online, such as black sesame coconut ice cream and poppy corn cookies. And for those looking for the perfect grilling gift, they have the Low and Slow: Ultimate Pit Boss Spice Set for $44.95. The gift set includes:
- Memphis BBQ Rub
- TSM Kansas City BBQ Rub
- Salt & Pepper Tableside Seasoning
- Carolina High Country BBQ Rub
- Native Texan BBQ Rub
- Longs Peak Pork Chop Spice
- Platte River Rib Rub
- Georgia Boys All-Purpose BBQ Rub