Homemade Dry BBQ Rub

Homemade Dry BBQ Rub — it’s better than store-bought!

This recipe is delicious on pork (ribs or roasts), beef brisket, and chicken.  Whether you’re smoking or grilling, you won’t go wrong with this one.

This recipe makes enough rub mix for about a slab of ribs, or a 6-pound pork shoulder or beef brisket, and about 2 1/2 pounds of chicken pieces. 

Give my recipe a try. I think you’ll like it. 🙂


Homemade Dry BBQ Rub

spice blend


  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar


  1.  Mix all the ingredients together and place in a resealable plastic bag (i.e. Ziplock bag).
  2.  Add the meat to the bag (use a bag large enough to hold the meat).  “Massage” the rub all over the meat, ensuring that the meat is evenly coated.  Place in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.  Grill as desired (I like to smoke then grill the meat).
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  1. Del says:

    Annie, how long will this mix last in a plastic container? I want to make several batches and refrigerate for future use. Can’t wait to try it.

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