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

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

The best BBQ Rub for all your smoked recipes and grilled recipes! This all-purpose BBQ Dry Rub and our Prime Rib Rub is 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 dry Rub recipe on Instant Pot Ribs, Chicken Wing Recipes, Smoked Turkey Wings, Smoked Turkey 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.

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
Rib Rub
Chicken Rub
Dry Rub For Chicken Wings
Pork Loin or Tenderloin
Potato Recipes
+ More 

## I’d love to hear from you! Use hashtag #foodieandwine when you’ve used this rub recipe and post to social media! Leave a comment below, after you’ve made it, to let me know your thoughts!

BBQ Dry Rub in a clear container. A large batch is in the background in a clear bowl.
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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.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Rub
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Barbecue, BBQ, BBQ Rubs, Dry Rub Recipes
Servings: 14 Tbsp
Calories: 35kcal
Author: Darcey Olson
Cost: $2.50


  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Paprika
  • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 1 tbsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tbsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tbsp Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Powder
  • 1/4 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


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