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Creating a Dry Rub

Updated: Mar 26, 2023

Creating a dry rub for BBQ is a great way to add flavor to your meats without using a lot of additional sauces. Here's a basic recipe for a dry rub that you can customize to your taste preferences:


  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup paprika

  • 2 tablespoons salt

  • 2 tablespoons black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)


  1. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl.

  2. Apply a binder to the meat. This can be anything liquid but is typically: mustard, water, apple juice, vinegar or any combination of these.

  3. Rub the mixture onto your meat, covering it completely and patting, not rubbing, to get it to stick.

  4. Let the meat sit for at least 30 minutes (or up to 24 hours) in the fridge to allow the flavors to meld together.

  5. Cook the meat using your preferred method (grilling, smoking, etc.).


  • You can adjust the amount of cayenne pepper to make the rub more or less spicy.

  • You can also add other spices or herbs to the rub, such as thyme, oregano, or smoked paprika.

  • Store any unused rub in an airtight container for future use.

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