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10 BBQ Dry Rubs You Can Make at Home


Store bought rubs are fine for emergencies or when your pantry is bare.

But if you have a fully stocked pantry nothing beats a good homemade dry rub.

Whether it is pulled pork, smoked chicken or beef brisket you have a hankering for, we’ve got a recipe for you. You would be surprised at the the impressive range of barbecue rubs you can whip up from the ingredients you have sitting around on your shelves at home.

So read on and we promise you’ll find the perfect dry rub you can make at home for the next time you barbecue.

1) Sweet & Spicy Barbecue Pork Rub

This wonderfully balanced pork rub has just the right mix of sweet, spice and salt.

We designed it for pork, but you could just as easily use it on chicken.

But what we really like about this rub is that it gives you room to ‘customize’. Adjust the quantities to create a rub with just the combination of flavors you like.


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup smoked paprika sweet is also fine
  • 2 tbsp coarse salt
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 tbsp mustard powder
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Check out the pork rub recipe.

2. Classic bbq turkey and chicken rub


We originally came up with this rub to use on smoked turkey but after much testing, we can confirm it works brilliantly on chicken too.

The blend of smoked paprika, brown sugar, cumin, mustard and onion powders and salt and black pepper and all classic bbq flavors.

This rub has been perfectly balanced to keep everyone happy. There isn’t too much spice so you can safely serve this to kids (or fussy eaters).

If you like a little more kick just add a little cayenne pepper.

See the full rub and suggestions for how to customize it here.

3. Coffee Dry Rub (Amazing on beef, surprisingly great on chicken and pork)

This coffee rub goes perfectly on beef thanks to its big bold flavors. The coffee helps to tenderize the meat, enhances the savory flavors, and also helps you get a great bark on the outside of your meat.

For best results grind your own coffee fresh, but the actual type of coffee isn’t super important.

Check out the full recipe.

4. Classic Sweet Rub (Great for Pork and Chicken and… well most things really!)


While this rub just screams pork and chicken, there isn’t anything this classic sweet rub won’t improve.

With a nice hit of paprika, this rub will also deliver a spicy kick if thats what your into. Just use sweet paprika for a less spicy rub, or reach for the hot paprika if you like a bit of heat.

Seeing it is so versatile you might find making a big batch is a good idea, so it is on hand ready to go when you decide you want to get out the barbecue.


  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon coarse sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons cracked black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika (hot or mild, whichever you prefer)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Click here for the recipe.

5. ‘Sweet with Heat’ Texas Style BBQ Rub


Great for grilled and smoked meats alike, this authentic style Texas rub starts off sweet and ends with a spicy kick at the end.

This rub comes in highly recommended for smoked pulled chicken. But it will accompany any smoked or grilled meat just fine. Brown sugar and chilli powder give this rub tell tale barbecue flavor characteristics.

If you are a fan of Texas style barbecue, why not raid your pantry and whip up a batch of this tasty rub.


  • 1/3 cup chili powder
  • 1/3 cup golden brown sugar packed
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp ground mustard
  • 2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper

You will find the recipe here.

6. Meathead Goldwyn’s Memphis Dust Rub (Formulated for Ultimate Flavor, Color and Crust Formation)


Grilled and smoked meats engage all the senses, not just our taste buds. The sight of the dark, glistening surface and the texture as you bite through that perfectly formed bark are all part of the experience.

This rub has been formulated to guarantee the formation of a bark that not only tastes great, but looks amazing and has a great texture to boot.

This rub was originally created for ribs, but has proved to be a hit on pork butt as well.

This rub doesn’t have salt included, but you can read more about why, and when to add it to your meat.


  • 3/4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup American paprika
  • 1/4 cup garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons ground ginger powder
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons rosemary powder

Grab the full recipe here.

7. Rib Rub (This one has scored some awards too!)


I’m sure we have all heard someone claim they have the ‘best rib rub recipe’. But this recipe has won it’s creator awards – so you can take his word for it.

While this is called a ‘rib rub’, you can actually use it on fish, pork and even veggies! There are no hard and fast rules as to how this rub can be used as it is so well balanced.


  • 3/4c Paprika
  • 1/2c White Sugar
  • 1/4c Granulated Garlic
  • 1/8c Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Chili Powder
  • 2 tbsp. Salt
  • 1 tbsp. Cayenne
  • 1 tbsp. Cumin
  • 1 tbsp. Black Pepper
  • 2 tsp. Oregano
  • 2 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp. Thyme

Have a look for yourself by following this link.

8. Memphis Style Baby Back Ribs Rub


If easy to eat, dry rubbed Memphis style ribs are your thing, then this is the rub you are after.

There is so much flavor packed into this rub that there is no need for sauce. However, a vinegar wash and an extra sprinkling of rub can be added if you want to turbo charge your ribs.

This rub creates a great savory crust on the meat.


  • 1/3 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon herbes de Provence

Make up a good batch to have at the ready using this recipe, and enjoy chowing down on some Memphis style ribs on balmy summer evenings.


9. Beef Rub (With a healthy dose of pepper)


Beef tastes best when paired with pepper. So slapping a pork rub on your beef isn’t going to yield optimum results. You really need a dedicated beef rub.

Many barbecue houses will use a basic salt and pepper rub. While this tastes great, sometimes you want a little more.

This rub is made specifically to complement beef, and offers a little more than classic salt and pepper.


  • 3 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon granulated white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons American chili or ancho powder
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle or cayenne powder

Check out the recipe here.

10. Steven Raichlen’s Memphis Style Rub for Ribs


This recipe includes the the ingredients needed for a rub and a mopping sauce.

With great step by instructions that you can follow whether using a gas grill, charcoal grill, mopping sauce or the rub alone, tap into Stevens years of grilling experience to create some great Memphis style ribs.


  • 1/4 cups sweet paprika
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoons celery salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin

Get the recipe and all the instructions here.

Wrapping it up

Next time the mood strikes you to whip up some ribs, there is no need to trawl the supermarket aisles for a tasty rub. Everything you need is most likely sitting there in your pantry.

Why not raid your cupboards now and see what you have in stock, and start making plans with your family and friends.

We hope you enjoyed this round up of barbecue rubs you can make at home. Let us know what you think of the list in the comments section below. If you found this list helpful, please share.

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