BBQ Rub Recipes

Basic Rib Rub

Rib Rub

Rib Rub

This BBQ dry rub is a basic recipe for BBQ and smoking a great set of ribs.  This rub will add a lot of flavor without detracting from the natural flavor of the meat.

 

Basic Rib Rub Recipe
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Recipe type: BBQ Rub
Cuisine: BBQ
 

Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup paprika
  • 3 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 3 tablespoons onion powder
  • 3 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground basil
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Optional to make the rub sweeter: 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients. Store in an airtight container. When applying to ribs, coat heavily and massage into the meat.

 

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Pulled Pork Rub

Pulled Pork

Pulled Pork

This traditional pulled pork dry rub recipe will give you a great batch of Carolina Style Pulled Pork.

 

Pulled Pork Rub Recipe
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Recipe type: BBQ Rub
Cuisine: BBQ
 

Ingredients
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup paprika
  • 3 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard

Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients.
  2. Work mixture into meat about and hour before it goes on the smoker.
  3. This rub can be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place for several months.

 

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Beef Rib Rub

Beef Ribs

Beef Ribs

This rub combines the flavors of sweet and heat. You can adjust the heat by using mild or medium chili powder and if you really want to make spice it up, then add an extra tablespoon of cayenne. This is a perfect BBQ dry rub recipe for great BBQ Beef Ribs.

 

Beef Rib Rub Recipe
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Recipe type: BBQ Rub
Cuisine: BBQ
 

Ingredients
  • ¼ cup paprika
  • ¼ cup mild or medium chili powder
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Apply about 2 tablespoons of rub to each side of the rack.

 

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Chicken Dry Rub

Chicken BBQ Dry Rub

Chicken BBQ Dry Rub

Here’s a great BBQ Chicken Dry Rub recipe.  It’s a great combination of herbs that really adds a nice taste to BBQ chicken.

 

Chicken Dry Rub Recipe
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Recipe type: BBQ Rub
Cuisine: BBQ
 

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons whole mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon sage
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions
  1. Combine the ingredients and rub into the chicken, all over, inside and out. For bolder flavor put the seasoning under the skin.

 

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Basic Fish Rub

Fish Rub

Fish Rub

Basic Fish (BBQ Rub) – This is a rub to use on fish prior to grilling or smoking. Recipe from Steven Raichlen’s How to Grill cookbook. He says you can add any additional herb or spice you may fancy.

 

Basic Fish Rub Recipe
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Recipe type: BBQ Rub
Cuisine: BBQ
 

Ingredients
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried dill
  • 1 tablespoon mustard powder

Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl with your fingers.
  2. If using as a seasoning, just sprinkle on the fish before grilling.
  3. If using as a true rub (which will season and start to cure the fish), sprinkle on the fish and rub with your fingers. Let sit for 2 hours up to a day in advance prior to grilling.

 

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Top 10 Dry Rubs

Welcome to our list of the Top 10 BBQ Dry Rubs around!

 

We have endeavored to capture the most common BBQ dry rub recipes.  By no means would this be an exhaustive list.  But it does represent the most common recipes around the country.  We also tried to get all the different meat types listed as well, including our 10th one for Fish.

1. Kansas City Rib Rub 6. Basic Rib Rub
2. Memphis Style Rib Rub 7. Pulled Pork Rub
3. Carolina BBQ Rub 8. Beef Rib Rub
4. Basic Pork Rub 9. Chicken Dry Rub
5. Texas Brisket Rub 10. Basic Fish BBQ Rub
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Texas Brisket Rub

Brisket Dry Rub

Brisket Dry Rub

Since everything is supposed to be bigger in Texas, choose a big beef brisket for this dry rub recipe.  To prepare the brisket, trim any fat deposits down to about one-quarter inch thick. Next, score the fatty side with a sharp knife. This allows the dry rub to reach the meat.

 

Texas Brisket Rub Recipe
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Recipe type: BBQ Rub
Cuisine: BBQ
 

Ingredients
  • ½ cup paprika
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoon oregano
  • 2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander seeds

Instructions
  1. Combine all of the spices and seasonings well. Store in an airtight container and keep it in a cool, dry location. This recipe makes enough rub for two or three briskets.
  2. To season your brisket, rub a generous amount of the dry rub seasoning onto all sides. Wrap the brisket in plastic wrap and leave it in the fridge for at least 12 hours, and up to two days. The flavors will absorb into the meat during this time.

 

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Memphis Style Rib Rub

Memphis Style Rib Rub

Memphis Style Rib Rub

In Memphis, ribs are traditionally served up dry.  I can attest to that fact when I went to Memphis for the first time and ate at the famous Rendezvous restaurant in downtown Memphis.  This doesn’t mean that the meat is tough and dried out, there just isn’t a barbecue sauce.  This traditional Memphis barbecue rub recipe is the base for great pork ribs.

 

Memphis Style Rib Rub Recipe
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Recipe type: BBQ Rub
Cuisine: BBQ
 

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne

Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients together and transfer to an air tight container.

 

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Kansas City Rib Rub

Rib Rub Spices

Rib Rub Spices

Now for the most famous BBQ dry rub recipe around, the Kansas City Rib Rub.  In Kansas City they know BBQ ribs.  This is the barbecue rub recipe for the traditional Kansas City-Style Ribs. Finish these ribs off with one of our barbecue sauce recipes and have a wonderful rib dinner!

 

Kansas City Rib Rub Recipe
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Recipe type: BBQ Rub
Cuisine: BBQ
 

Ingredients
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup paprika
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne

Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients together and transfer to an air tight container. Can be stored up to six months.

 

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Carolina Rib Rub

Carolina Rib Dry Rub Spices

Carolina Rib Dry Rub Spices

This is a great classic rub for the Carolina Pulled Pork, ribs, brisket, poultry, lamb or pork.  Where it originally comes from I’m not sure but this is a great BBQ dry rub recipe.

 

Carolina Rib Rub
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Recipe type: BBQ Rub
Cuisine: BBQ
 

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup paprika

Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients together.

 

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