Homemade BBQ Dry Rub Recipe

BBQ Dry Rub

I don’t know about you all but at our house, summer time means its grilling time! One of my favorite ways to fix meat in the summer is BBQ it on the grill. I’m actually not a big fan of BBQ sauce just slapped on meat – it has to be done just right. Otherwise you end up with no blended flavors, it’s just sauce on top of meat with none of the great flavor you can get out of grilling. Who wants that?! A homemade BBQ dry rub is a fantastic way to infuse BBQ flavor throughout your meat when cooking it on the grill. By rubbing it in and letting it marinate on the meat for a few hours, you really allow the flavor to penetrate the meat and it just amps up the entire grilling experience. And when I say rub, I mean RUB – like that steak hired you for a full body massage!

Summer time? Grilling time? Check out this homemade BBQ dry rub that is sure to take your meat to the next level. Make a bunch and store it in the pantry!

Of course this homemade BBQ dry rub is also fantastic in the oven or stovetop – and oh my, oh my, tell me how it turns out if you have a smoker! I do sometimes pair this with BBQ sauce, but I usually only put sauce on after the meat is totally done. Think of BBQ sauce as a garnish, not a gloppy addition. Using a rub is a super quick way to change up regular old chicken breasts or pork chops into a flavor-packed dish!

Need a fool-proof BBQ chicken recipe? I wrote a post all about the secret to the best BBQ grilled chicken. Check it out!

BBQ Dry Rub Recipe

5 minPrep Time

5 minTotal Time

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  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves


  1. Mix all ingredients together until well combined. Taste adjust to your liking. For more spice, increase the amount of cayenne pepper. For less spice, decrease the amount of chili powder and/or cayenne pepper.
  2. Store in an airtight container. I usually make a lot at once and keep it in a couple mason jars.
  3. To use, rub into meat you want to season. Let sit for a couple hours or overnight. Cook as usual. Pairs great with any BBQ sauce!

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    The Secret for the Best Grilled BBQ Chicken • Longbourn Farm
    July 8, 2016 at 9:17 AM […] one of those things that can either be fantastic, or dry and disgusting. As I’ve said before, I’m not a big fan of cooking meat and then slathering it in BBQ sauce. It just isn’t right! This recipe takes the ease of grilled BBQ chicken but changes up the […]
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