Easy BBQ Spice Rub


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This all-purpose, easy BBQ spice rub recipe is a staple at our house, and it is a favorite of ours on pork, beef, chicken, or even veggies. In the grilling & smoking season, we always have a jar mixed up. There’s no reason to pay for pre-blended spices. This mix is so simple, and it contains no preservatives, no MSG, and is less expensive to make. What’s more, it allows you to control levels and flavors to suit your exact preference! Once you’ve made it a few times you’ll find yourself tweaking quantities, and that’s great!

It’s not an exact science!

I know, I know – sometimes you just want someone to TELL you how to do something. Specific steps, amounts, and processes. I get it. But this recipe is a perfect example of something it’s nearly impossible to mess up if you just listen to your palate!

There’s just no need to buy pre-made spice blends! This easy BBQ spice rub recipe gives me the flavors I want without the price tag or mystery chemicals.

Could not be simpler!

It turns out that you can get a fantastic BBQ spice rub blend with some extremely common ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.

The process is just so simple and easy! Combine all the ingredients in a bowl or jar, and stir or shake to combine. That’s it!

Keep it airtight!

Your spice blend will last a good long time if you keep it in an airtight container on a dark shelf somewhere. If you go through it as fast as we do, a shaker is helpful – but not airtight. If you won’t be using the seasoning all the time, I recommend sealing it up tight in a jar!

Prefer a finer texture?

If you like a finer, more powdery texture to your seasoning, simply pop it in a spice grinder (I have an inexpensive coffee grinder that I only use to grind spices)

This step is completely up to you – it can be useful if you are dissolving the seasoning in liquid, or want to get really good ‘adherence’ to whatever you’re seasoning.


Easy BBQ Spice Rub

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Sweet & savory with a hint of smokiness. This easy BBQ spice rub recipe will be your new go-to spice rub for grilling and smoking!


  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp mustard powder
  • 1 ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 ½ tsp onion powder
  • 2 Tbsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • ½  tsp dried thyme
  • ½  tsp dried basil
  • ½  tsp dried sage
  • ¼  tsp cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsp cocoa powder
  •   tsp ground clove


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl or jar, and stir/shake to combine!

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