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Published January 26, 2023. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.
This BBQ rub seasoning recipe has notes of smoky, sweet, and a hint of spice, making it the perfect flavor for your smoked BBQ meats. You will love how amazing this tastes.
Using dry spices is a great way to taste your food over the top. It’s a simple procedure that will pay dividends in the flavor department. Try my Blackening Seasoning or my Lebanese 7 Spice; if you love using spices and seasoning blends,
BBQ rub combines dry spices and sugar that can be used on any proteins or vegetables before smoking or grilling. This can also be used as a dry brine on beef, chicken, pork, or poultry for 12 to 72 hours to help enhance the flavor. You can purchase several pre-made rubs to use, but most of the spices in this recipe can most likely be found in your cupboard.
This is very easy to prepare at home and will last if your dry spices do. I add salt to my recipe, so there is no need to add further seasoning to whatever you add. Try this BBQ rub on my Smoked Pork Shoulder or Smoked Chicken wings.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Salt – I always use sea salt in my cooking and baking.
- Pepper – freshly ground or pre-ground black pepper
- Sugar – I like to use light brown sugar for sweetness in this rub.
- Cumin – This will add some lovely earthy tones to this recipe.
- Onion – I prefer to use granules as opposed to powder.
- Garlic – Granules work better than powder.
- Paprika – Some smoked paprika will add smoky flavors to the rub.
- Cayenne – This will add some spice to the recipe.
- Mustard – Ground mustard adds great flavors to it.
How to Make a BBQ Rub
Add all the dry spices to a medium-sized bowl.
Using a fork, spoon, or whisk, mix everything until combined. Use, or cover and store.
Make-Ahead and Storage
Make-Ahead: You can make this homemade BBQ spice rub several days or weeks before you’re ready to use it.
How to Store: Put in an airtight container and store in a cool dark place for up to 6 months.
Chef Notes + Tips
- You can add other dry spices: red pepper flakes, sugar, chili powder, cinnamon, or celery seed.
- You can also store this in glass jars with an air-tight lid.
More Seasoning Rub Recipes
BBQ Rub Seasoning Recipe
- 3 tablespoons sea salt
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 ½ tablespoons onion granules
- 1 ½ tablespoons garlic granules
- 1 ½ tablespoons smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon ground mustard
- Add all the dry spices to a medium-sized bowl.
- Using a fork, spoon, or whisk, mix everything until combined. Use, or cover and store.