BBQ Spice Rub

BBQ Spice Rub

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Brenda McGrath 0

"This rub is so simple! It's made with the everyday spices you have in your cupboard. I rub it on everything from chicken to pork to burgers to steak. I keep it in a Ziploc® bag in the freezer. It's always ready to go! Double or triple your ingredients so you always have it on hand."
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5 m servings 66 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 66 kcal
  • 3%
  • Fat:
  • 1.1 g
  • 2%
  • Carbs:
  • 15.3g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 1.5 g
  • 3%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 888 mg
  • 36%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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Nutritional Information

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Amount Per Serving
  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
  • (-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.


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  1. Mix brown sugar, paprika, black pepper, salt, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne pepper in a bowl. Store in an air-tight container or keep in the freezer in a sealable plastic bag.


  1. 40 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

This recipe turned out excellent. I made multiple batches, and substituted cayenne for chipotle in one of them. This tasted amazing on a pork roast. Everyone loved it.

Most helpful critical review

It was good yet there are so many better recipes out there :-)

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This recipe turned out excellent. I made multiple batches, and substituted cayenne for chipotle in one of them. This tasted amazing on a pork roast. Everyone loved it.

Fabulous! Love the combo of smoky paprika and brown sugar!

Marinated a pork roast rubbed in this overnight wrapped in plastic wrap. Cooked on low for about 10 hours in my crockpot. Shredded and added our fave BBQ sauce a(Sweet Baby Rays)and served with ...

I substituted coconut sugar for the brown sugar to make it paleo friendly and I left out the cayenne pepper because my husband and kids can't take spicy, but this is probably the best bbq rub we...

OMG! I love this recipe. It is my go to for pork and chicken. There have been times I have forgotten to rub it on and let sit in fridge for a few hours which in turn caused me to do some last mi...

Very good! This recipe will definitely be used again! I rubbed it on chicken leg quarters and let it sit in the fridge all day, then my hubby grilled it to absolute perfection! YUM!!!

Great, classic and simple rub recipe! I usually do a rub just like this, but I add just a tad of cumin. A little cumin goes a long way in adding that little bit of extra flavor.

Absolutely fantastic and exactly what I was looking for. This recipe is a little sweet, and then bang spicy! I wouldn't change a thing. Thank you for sharing. We have a new family favorite and I...

I wanted to try this with popcorn, so I scaled it down to 1 serving and still had a little leftover. I popped my corn in coconut oil and also melted some to drizzle over the popped corn before s...

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