Is this the best BBQ dry rub recipe ever?

This is my tried and tested go-to BBQ dry rub recipe. I don’t think there is a cut of meat I haven’t used it on so it may well be a biased opinion but I think it’s the best BBQ dry rub recipe ever but I’ll let you decide.

I tend to make most of my own dry rubs and store them in small jars so I always have these stocked ready but nothing beats freshly made rubs. When stored for a long time rubs tend to lose a small amount of their flavor. If you’re grilling a lot it’s fine to keep it stored ready but if you’re breaking this out once every few months I suggest making it fresh every time.

Why don’t I just buy premade rubs?

Nothing wrong with doing just that, I also buy premade rubs that are delicious. When making your own rubs you can adjust the quantities of any ingredients to suit your own taste you can also add any ingredient you want. For example, with this BBQ dry rub recipe it may not be to your liking and you could add an extra tsp of dry chili powder to get more heat into it.

What does this BBQ rub go best with?

This goes well with anything but I have found it elevates chicken to a new level. Smoked whole chicken or grilled chicken breasts. To be fair it works well on any part of a chicken. If you are in a rush it rustles up well on some flattened chicken breast between 2 buns with a slice of cheese.

My favorite is to rub this BBQ dry rub into chicken thighs then grill directly over high heat and shred once crispy, sprinkle over nachos with some cheese and BBQ sauce. I then return to the BBQ with the lid closed for a few mins to let the cheese melt, I’m drooling now just think about it!

It works well on beef however I find with beef I tend to use a coffee rub or just good old-fashioned SPG, I don’t very often use a BBQ rub on beef.

For pork it’s great rubbed on thick to a pork shoulder when smoking for pulled pork or a rack of ribs. I’ve also used this a handful of times on pork belly burnt ends.

What Vegetables does this compliment?

If you’ve never had BBQ corn on the cob, this is exactly what this rub was designed for. Rubbed straight into the corn and grilled directly, it is a perfect BBQ side dish.

If your having a BBQ and have some vegan/vegetarian friends over this is a great rub to bringvegetablese alive.

How much rub to apply?

Do not be scared to pile this rub on, you want a nice even coating that covers the whole surface of the meat. That’s the best way to achieve maximum flavor from this rub.

BBQ Rub Recipe


  • 1/3 (80g) cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Black pepper
  • 1 tbsp Cayenne pepper
  • 2 1/2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder 

Put all of the ingredients into a bowl and give it a really good mix.


This is by far my favorite BBQ dry rub recipe it has just the right amount of sweetness and a good little kick of heat. I always find any recipe involving brown sugar needs an extra good mix, sometimes with a spoon just to break all the brown sugar up. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy this one as much as I do.