Every “pit master” has their own BBQ rub. Some will fight to the death with their award winning recipes. I’m not that anal retentive with my love of smoked meats. I don’t don’t compete with my BBQ, so in this post I share my very versatile BBQ rub.
This rub goes with just about every kind of meat you can toss on your grill or smoker: pork shoulder, ribs, chicken and even brisket. I know, I hear some of you yelling over the computer screen about putting a rub like this on a brisket. I know brisket is typically rubbed with only salt and pepper, especially in Texas, but I can promise you this BBQ rub is fricken awesome on the fatty bits of a brisket. Plus, I like to do things my own way.
Simple Versatile BBQ Rub
This super simple and versatile BBQ rub works great on anything you put on your smoker or grill. Goes great on pork shoulder, brisket, ribs, and chicken.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 Minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 2 cups
- Category: Condiment
- Cuisine: BBQ
- 10 oz. Brown Sugar
- 3 oz. Salt
- 1 oz. Chili Powder
- 1 oz. Garlic Powder
- 1 oz. Onion Powder
- 0.75 oz. Black Pepper (Freshly Ground)
- 0.5 oz. Smoke Paprika
- 0.1 oz. Cayenne Powder
- Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl
- Mix until the rub looks well mixed
- Apply to your favorite meats
- Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
- Calories: 89
Be pretty liberal with this rub. I like to put a thin coat of yellow mustard on my meat and then sprinkle my rub on top of the mustard. The mustard gives the BBQ rub something better to stick to. Sometimes I’ll even sprinkle a little more on my pork shoulders halfway through the cooking process.
If you are cooking over direct heat, say with chicken, you do need to be a little careful. There’s enough sugar in this recipe to make your meat look like it fell from orbit if you aren’t careful.
Also, don’t be afraid to make substitutions. Want more heat? Well add my cayenne pepper. Want more pepper? Want to use Demarara sugar? Knock yourself out. This recipe is super versatile and fun to play with.
Ideas for sides for your next BBQ