For those of you who don’t know, Kool-Aid was developed right here in our own state in Hastings, Nebraska. This internationally known soft drink mix, now owned by Kraft Foods, actually started out as a liquid concentrate called Fruit Smack, invented by Edwin Perkins. If you really want, the next time you drive through our state stop by the Hastings Museum and check out the “Kool-Aid: Discover the Dream” exhibit. But we won’t bore you with any more of that.

Today, August 8, is National Kool-Aid Day, so in celebration we found a Kool-Aid BBQ Rub. That’s right, apparently it’s a big thing. Why don’t you try it out this weekend and let us know what you think, and feel free to send us pictures on your favorite social media @JBsFatBoy (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+ or Flickr). Thanks to Southtown Star for the great recipe and the dude or dudette at lifealittlebrighter.com for the image.

Black Cherry Kool-Aid Rub

(This rub can be used on any kind of pork or chicken)

1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup paprika
1/8 cup salt
2 Tbsp. onion powder
3 Tbsp. garlic powder
2 Tbsp. black pepper
2 tsp. cayenne
2 tsp. ground mustard
1 tsp. cumin
4 tsp. black cherry Kool-Aid

Mix all ingredients together and generously apply rub to meat, then wrap meat in foil or plastic wrap and let sit for at least 24 hours.