This is the only BBQ Dry Rub recipe you will ever need! This rub is an all-purpose blend of sweet, savory and spicy barbecue seasonings. It's so simple to make and perfect for all your grilling and barbecue needs!Recipe can be scaled up or down by using the slider if you hover your mouse over the number of Servings.
Gather and measure spices: Collect all of the spice ingredients needed to prepare rub. Measure each ingredient into a medium-sized bowl. (Or, if you are a little clumsy, measure each spice into a small prep bowl before adding it to a larger bowl – this helps if you measure something incorrectly!!
Mix: Combine all the ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. Stir well to fully combine. Use a fork, spoon or your fingers to make sure all of the brown sugar is completely broken up and no large clumps remain.
Optional - For a fine textured rub: Combine all the ingredients together in a food processor and process until combined. (SEE NOTE)
Store: Transfer mixture to an airtight container or resealable bag. Store in a cool, dark place for up to 3 months.
To use: Generously sprinkle the seasoning onto meats, pork, chicken, shrimp, etc. Use your hands to rub the mixture into the meat just before grilling or cooking.
Sugar is essential for sweetness and caramelization. If you prefer a sweeter BBQ rub, use 3 tablespoons of sugar. You can use light or dark brown sugar depending on your preference. Use dark brown sugar if you want a more intense molasses flavor. Or, you can play around with granulated or turbinado sugar if desired!
Salt is an absolute necessity as it enhances the flavor of food! Make sure you use kosher salt for the best flavor!
Food Processor: The brown sugar in the spice rub has a tendency to clump together when stored. I find that running the rub through the food processor not only gives the rub a better, finer texture, it also helps prevent the brown sugar from clumping.
Recipe yields approximately 10 tablespoons.Nutritional information is an approximation based upon 10 servings. Exact information will depend upon the brands of ingredients and precise measurements used.