All-Around Spice Rub Recipe -
All-Around Spice Rub Recipe
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All-Around Spice Rub

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"This rub adds flavor to any meat cooked with any method! You can use just black pepper instead of the blend if you wish."

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Original recipe makes 1 3/4 cups Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins

    5 mins


  1. Stir the paprika, pepper, brown sugar, chili powder, onion powder, sea salt, and cayenne pepper together in a container with a lid. Store in a cool, dark place between uses.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 01, 2010

I cut this down to one serving to give it a try and WOW - great stuff! It definitely is a nice combination of sweet and heat. Next time I might cut down on the paprika or use smoked paprika for a sweet 'n' smokey version. Although this is meant as a rub I think next time I'll add this to burger meat to punch up regular old burgers - adding about 1 Tbsp. of this for every 1lb. of burger meat. Thanks for the great recipe FTFF! UPDATE: I just couldn't resist trying this with hamburgers so my husband and I made some for lunch and OMG this stuff works wonders! I used a Tbsp. and a half for a little over a pound of ground beef. The burgers came out sensational - moist, juicy with just the right amount of spiciness. We had them on toasted rolls and they really didn't even need anything more than that. These are definitely going on our list of things to make for our annual July 4th bash!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 08, 2011

Flavor is so subtle it is pointless.


18 Ratings

May 05, 2010

There is nothing better than the combination of sweet and spicy. This rub had both in just the perfect proportions. Made and used with steaks on the grill. Got 5 stars from both the boyfriend AND the father. Needless to say, thanks for such a wonderful concoction!

May 27, 2010

My husband had made a similar rub before that he loved but was never able to find the recipe for again - he said this had to have been it! He loves it and loves grilling with it...which makes me a happy woman!

Jun 02, 2010

This worked out really well. I cut this recipe in half and it still made a ton. I didn't have fresh-ground pepper mix so I used just fresh ground pepper. I used only 1 tbsp. of New Mexico chili powder and I cut the cayenne pepper down to 1 tsp. because I was feeding small kids as well as grownups. Three tbsp. of this mix was perfect for a whole family package of chicken legs. My husband BBQ'ed them and they turned out great. I know I altered it a bit but I had to for my kids. Still, good stuff!

Apr 30, 2010

A little sweet, a little heat, a lot of flavor.

Jun 10, 2010

We loved this! It was delicious on chicken so we tried sprinkling it over burgers on the grill. That was fantastic, too. I can't wait to try it on ribs.

Nov 02, 2010

This is really good on fish, but I did not like it on my chicken or red meat.


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  • Calories
  • 56 kcal
  • 3%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 12.5 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 1.3 g
  • 2%
  • Fiber
  • 3.9 g
  • 15%
  • Protein
  • 1.8 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 459 mg
  • 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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