Introduction: Dry Rub

This dry rub is a bit of a mix between the dry rub I put on my ribs and my blackened seasoning. It's absolutely delicious on pork! I'm convinced it's just the right balance of salty and sweet, too.

Step 1: Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
This is exactly what I put in mine. :D I made this up today as I needed to put a ton of run on some pork butt I bought that I'll be cooking tomorrow. 

I bet a bit of onion powder would be nice too, or more cayenne. But I like the balance so much I decided not to fiddle with it anymore.

Step 2: Mix and Taste

Mix everything together in a big bowl or jar. You'll need to use a spoon or fork to break up the brown sugar clumps - that'll take a minute or so. :D

Once it's all mixed, taste a little bit. At this point you can play with it and try to improve it to better suit your tastes. Add additional spices little by little, though - no more than 1/2 teaspoon at a time. This will keep you from overloading it with any particular flavor.

Step 3: Rubbing!

This makes enough rub to cover a ton of meat! I used it on roughly 9-10 pounds of pork butt. I might even make extra and double layer it. :D

The rub works best if you'll able to let it sit on the meat for a few hours before cooking (I'm letting mine hang out overnight!), but it's great right away on steaks or chicken thighs. 


bakunin made it! (author)2017-04-10

I had a tiny goat roast so I just winged it... Brown sugar, white pepper, black pepper, salt, thyme, coriander, curry powder, turmeric, chipotle, & paprika.

That brown sugar makes it stick very well!

ghenesy made it! (author)2016-09-27

I've tweaked this a couple ways here and there, but this recipe is so sound it's like you can't mess it up if you stick to his base. Bravo! I've done many projects on, but rarely pay attention to food. This is probably the best thing I've done. AWESOME!

ptmcg1 made it! (author)2016-02-06

Try adding smoked paprika instead of regular.

author made it! (author)2015-08-07

I added onion powder and doucled the cayenne.

jef400dread made it! (author)2014-08-26

I used this rub in conjunction with her Pulled Pork recipe in my oven and was rewarded with the best pork I've ever had. Ever. The only way I think this could be improved is when I get to add it to my No-Weld Double-Barrel smoker (by Javin007) once it's completed.

This is my favorite website on the internet. It's Pintrist with clear instructions, and realistic expectations. I made it, but don't see the need to post pic of a bowl of spices.

Darthorso made it! (author)2014-06-10

Great recipe my friend!

I've made a dry rub recipe following my Italian's tradition. Let me know what you think of that :D

propbuilder made it! (author)2013-07-15

dry rub

jspence09 made it! (author)2013-06-23

used it for burgers today and added a little ranch to the meat for a bbq. absolutely amazing

dtownmaker made it! (author)2013-06-18

Good mix - always like to see cumin in BBQ rubs! What salt are you using? Kosher, pickling, table, etc.? Could make a big difference in the salt content!

jessyratfink made it! (author)jessyratfink2013-06-23

I typically use table salt or fine sea salt. :) That's a good point, too!

periodthree made it! (author)2013-06-22

Wow. The whole house smells of spices. Hope it tastes as good. :-)

Jaxoat made it! (author)2013-06-21

A metal whisk would work real well in breaking up the clumps.

Will be trying out your rub on a pork shoulder tomorrow. It sounds delicious.

Barqz2 made it! (author)2013-06-18

I use all of the same ingredients with a slight added flavor boost with...smoked cumin, smoked garlic and smoked paprika.....and it's dangerously addictive!! ........dry rub variation

SpringRobin made it! (author)2013-06-14

I'll have to try your recipe. I find that perhaps 'less is more' might apply to rubs. Too much and it can overpower the taste of the meat. What do you think?

dtownmaker made it! (author)dtownmaker2013-06-18

Depends on the cut. Pork shoulder (boston butt or the picnic shank) as well as brisket are large cuts and we usually cover them in at least 1/2 - 3/4 cup of our rub.

Ribs get a bit less due to their thinner cross-section, but also they have additional basting, etc. involved which add flavor above the standard rub in our technique.

Chicken we rub via a large shaker can - usually about 3 cups to a tray (case) of thighs/breasts.

jessyratfink made it! (author)jessyratfink2013-06-14

I go the exact opposite way most of the time, ha! But I mostly use rubs on pretty large (4+ pound) pieces of meat. :D Smaller pieces, though, they can definitely get overwhelmed!

Since the middle bits of the meat will be so unseasoned, I really like getting a nice thick crust on there to build flavor.

solusetal made it! (author)2013-06-18

Sounds yummy. I leave out the sugar but add some "sweet" seasonings such as tarragon, rosemary etc.

M.C. Langer made it! (author)2013-06-12

Thanks to you, now I want some pork! :-)

jessyratfink made it! (author)jessyratfink2013-06-12

It will be in the office Friday! :D

M.C. Langer made it! (author)M.C. Langer2013-06-12

I'm in heaven... :-)

Do you want to marry me? If not, do you (and your boyfriend) want to adopt me? I will be a good boy if I have your delicious recipes everytime!

jessyratfink made it! (author)jessyratfink2013-06-13

Haha, is it still adoption if you live somewhere else? My house is too small and too full of furry children already. ;)

M.C. Langer made it! (author)M.C. Langer2013-06-13

It could work! just say Dad I'll be all nights for dinner! LOL! :-)

anatroccolo made it! (author)2013-06-13

I'll make some of this rub for the next bbq, I'm sure I'll love it!
Thanks for sharing. :)

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