Super Simple Versatile BBQ Rub Recipe is so easy to make that it literally takes 5 minutes.
Every “pit master” has their own secret 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 compete with my BBQ, so in this post, I share my very versatile recipe.
This 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 something like this on a brisket. I know brisket is typically rubbed with only salt and pepper, especially in Texas, but I can promise you it’s awesome on the fatty bits of a brisket. Plus, I like to do things my own way.
Be pretty liberal with it. 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 it 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.
Don’t be afraid to make substitutions. Want more heat? Well, add more cayenne pepper. Want more pepper? Want to use Demerara sugar? Knock yourself out. This recipe is super versatile and fun to play with. Mainly, just get in the kitchen and cook!
Suggested Side Dishes for BBQ
Super Simple Versatile BBQ Rub
- Combine all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl
- Mix until the rub looks well mixed
- Apply to your favorite meats