Best Dry Rub Recipe – this is the ultimate bbq dry rub that is great for ribs, chicken, pork and even turkey! Make a big batch to have in your pantry for anytime you want to grill!
I first learned what a dry rub was a few years ago. I had seen it on recipes before, but never realized how important it actually was. My Smoked Tri-Tip has a super simple rub on it, and it gives the meat so much flavor and makes it extra tasty.
Lately we always have this sweet and smoky bbq rub in our pantry to put on baby back ribs, or chicken or even that grilled turkey tenderloin I made last month.
This is pretty much the only dry rub recipe you are going to need. It is slightly sweet a little smoky and works on just about any meat. Seriously we rub it on Barbecue Ribs and them let them smoke all day. It creates the best bark and the meat is so flavorful. I also rub it on chicken throw it on the grill and then brush with barbecue sauce. So good!
This barbecue rub is super easy to make. It does call for a lot of ingredients, but it also makes a big batch. So you just store in an air tight container and use it for a few months and then you make another batch. It is pretty much and endless cycle it is so good.
I love that this dry rub is multipurpose. It is great on pork and chicken and also works when you have something like chicken, ribs, or even tri-tip. It is all in the flavor you want to add to the meat. And sweet and smoky works with everything!
The base of this rub is sugar. You are using both granulated sugar and brown sugar. These help to give a little caramelization to the meat and really brings out the sweetness of your meat. Then you get the smokiness from the smoked paprika and the chipotle powder. Plus chili powder, cumin, garlic and onion really give you the depth of flavor. And everything is better with a little kick, so just a tiny bit of cayenne makes the cut. Feel free to bump this up if you like things spicy.
When you are using a rub, you do not need to add any other salt or pepper to your meat. With most rubs, this one included, you will see salt and pepper in the ingredients. So dry rubs are really a one stop shop with what you need to do when cooking the meat.
And as the name implies, you actually want to use your hands and rub this spice mixture into the meat. Don’t just sprinkle it on and call it done, you want to gently massage the spices in. This is what really gives the meat flavor.
I created a fun group on Facebook, and I would love for you to join us! It’s a place where you can share YOUR favorite recipes, ask questions, and see what’s new at Dinners, Dishes and Desserts (so that you never miss a new recipe)! If you’d like to check it out, you can request to join HERE.
Be sure to follow me on Instagram and tag #dinnersdishes so I can see all the wonderful DINNERS, DISHES, AND DESSERTS recipes YOU make!
Connect with Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts!
Be sure to follow me on my social media, so you never miss a post!
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 Tbls chili powder
- 2 Tbls kosher salt
- 1 Tbls black pepper
- 1 Tbls smoked paprika
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp black peppercorns
- 1 tsp chipotle powder
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- In a small bowl mix everything together until well blended.
- Store in an air tight container in the pantry until ready to use.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Amount Per ServingCalories 43 Total Fat 0g Saturated Fat 0g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 134mg Carbohydrates 11g Fiber 1g Sugar 10g Protein 0g