The Best BBQ Rub (Chicken, Pork, Beef + More)

The best BBQ Rub for all your smoked recipes! This all-purpose BBQ Dry Rub, along with our Prime Rib Rub, Creole Seasoning, Smoke Rub For Chicken, and Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, are all you need in your arsenal to tackle any protein you’re looking to season. We even throw some in our Instant Pot Kidney Beans and Instant Pot Pinto Beans recipe.

Use this Homemade Spice Mix recipe on smoked chicken thighs, 3-2-1 ribs, pork belly burnt ends, Instant Pot Ribs, Chicken Wing Recipes, Smoked Turkey Wings, Smoked Turkey, Air Fryer Cornish Hen and more!


Nothing beats grubbing down on BBQ that’s been rubbed down with an array of seasonings and slathered in homemade barbecue sauce. Whip up a huge batch of our easy barbecue rub and keep it on hand, in an airtight jar, to use as needed. 

How To Make A BBQ Dry Rub

Making your own custom BBQ Rub couldn’t be easier. Just make the basic BBQ dry rub, taste, and adjust to suite your preference. Our basic rub includes: brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, pepper, salt, mustard powder and cayenne pepper.

Individual spices needed to make BBQ Rub all spaced out in a white bowl next to a white cloth napkin.


Spicy – amp up the heat by doubling, or even tripling the cayenne! Throw in a few shakes of red pepper flakes for good measure. You can do the same with our Chicken Taco Seasoning.

Want A Hint of Smoke? Add in 1 Tablespoon of Smoked Paprika.

Like Garlic? This dry rub recipe can certainly handle a double hit of garlic powder. Go for it!

Prefer Less Sugar? We get it. Half it and take a test. The other flavors should shine with the reduction in sugar.

Ways To Use This Barbecue Rub

This rub covers the gamut. Checkout how we use this rub:

Brisket Rub
Turkey Rub
Smoked Meatloaf
Rib Recipes
Chicken Rub
Dry Rub For Chicken Wings
Pork Loin or Sous Vide Pork Tenderloin
Potato Recipes
+ More 

BBQ Dry Rub in a clear container. A large batch is in the background in a clear bowl.

The Best Basic BBQ Dry Rub

The Best BBQ Rub for all your smoked recipes and grilled recipes! This all purpose BBQ Dry Rub is perfect for all types of protein: chicken, beef, pork and more.
5 from 3 votes
Print Pin Share on Facebook
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 14 Tbsp
Calories: 35kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $2.50


  • ½ Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper
  • ½ tsp Mustard Powder
  • ¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper


  • Add all the ingredients to a medium size bowl and stir to combine. Use immediately or store in an airtight container.


Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 501mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 59IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg
Tried this recipe?Mention @foodieandwine or tag #foodieandwine!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating

© Copyright 2024. All rights reserved.