BBQ Dry Rub

Make your own BBQ dry rub!

Do you use rubs with your BBQ cooking? Rubs can add an incredible flavor to barbecue, and they can be used with pork, beef, chicken, turkey, venison, and other meats, poultry, and game. The rub ingredients are combined and rubbed on the flesh before cooking begins. In fact, many cooks prefer wrapping the rubbed meat in plastic cling wrap and leaving it the refrigerator for several hours or overnight for the seasonings to penetrate the meat.

A BBQ dry rub is dry, obviously. No wet ingredients are used. You can purchase a ready-to-use BBQ dry rub, but making your own is easy. Just decide what flavors you want your meat to have and which seasonings are your favorites. By adjusting the amounts of the different ingredients, you can have a base that’s sweet, hot, or savory. Actually, I prefer a combination of all three!

Some ingredients you might consider for your BBQ dry rub:

  • Sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • White pepper
  • Cayenne
  • Mustard powder
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Chili powder
  • Chipotle powder
  • Dried oregano
  • Dried thyme
  • Dried basil
  • Cinnamon
  • Lemon pepper
  • Onion powder
  • Garlic powder
  • Garlic salt
  • Celery salt