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Rub 1 Out spices enhance meals in Colorado’s Grand Valley

Brittany Markert

Summer is in full swing and barbecues are a common scene. Enhance your summer meals with spices from Rub 1 Out.

Jim Wagner, owner and founder of Rub 1 Out, has created three blends of rubs for beer, pork and poultry. While the rubs can be used for the three meats, it's not limited to it, Wagner explained.

"They can be used for dry rubs for meat flavors, but they go way beyond that," he said.

Rub 1 Out came to fruition this past April and has since sold thousands of bottles across Colorado at farmers markets, local produce stands and more.

A 10.5 ounce bottle sells for $15.99 and a 3.5 ounce bottle sells for $9.99. Variety packs are available as well.

Wagner has a booth set up each week at downtown Grand Junction's farmers market, which is every Thursday, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

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"We really consider ourselves a food-flavoring enhancement company," Wagner said. "The rubs are so diverse. It's not just for meat enhancement."

Wagner, who was born and raised in Grand Junction, came into the spice business young. His father owned Marks Corkin' Embers, which operated from 1948 to 1973 in Grand Junction. He has considered himself a foodie, but chose not to open a restaurant. Instead he began bottling his rubs.

In the coming year, he plans to expand his business with sauces and chutneys as well.

According to Wagner, his spices are low in sodium, contain no MSG and offers raw and natural ingredients. It is bottled in Denver.

Rub 1 Out spices are also available at a variety of produce stands and businesses throughout Colorado's Grand Valley including Roan Creek Ranch (119 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita), Trailhead Coffee (413 Monument Road, Grand Junction), and Herman Produce (753 Elberta Ave., Palisade).

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WHAT: Downtown Grand Junction Farmers Market

WHEN: Thursdays, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Third through Seventh streets along Main Street, Downtown Grand Junction

COST: Free to attend