Barbecue dry rub

A rub is a combination of spices, herbs and other flavorings added to meat before cooking. It is to both add flavor to the finished product as well as create a crust called “bark” on the meat to help seal in juices. The basic ingredients commonly used are salt, brown sugar, paprika and chili powder. This is a recipe for a generic pork rub, and should be tweaked for both the meat as well as the intended diners. For example, many people expect ribs to be spicier than pulled pork or brisket.

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup paprika
  • 2 TBS garlic powder
  • 2 TBS onion powder
  • 2 TBS chili powder
  • 1 TBS salt
  • 1 TBS cayenne
  • 1 TBS mustard powder
  • 1 TBS cumin
  • 1 TBS white pepper
  • 1 TBS black pepper
rub spices
Clockwise from 12 o' clock: garlic powder, cumin, onion powder, black pepper, paprika, mustard powder, chili powder, white pepper. Brown sugar is peeking out of the center, and is underneath all of the others.

Mix well and rub all over your choice of meat before putting in the oven/smoker/grill. Some people like to coat the meat with yellow mustard first to help the rub stick, but I haven’t found any difference in flavor, and seems like a waste of mustard to me.