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BBQ Rubs For Your BBQ Style

bbq rubs

Here's the Rub On BBQ Rubs

If you are not yet familiar with the dry rub, it is a classic seasoning blend of spices. Dry BBQ rubs are most commonly used on ribs, but are very good when used on briskets, pork chops, chicken, and more.

What happens when cooking with a rub applied to meat is this: The rub forms kind of a crust that seals in the meat's juices during cooking.

You can also add a small amount of liquid, such as worcestershire sauce or olive oil to form a paste. A paste is very easy to apply to meat because it clings to the meat well. You can apply this to the meat for anywhere up to 24 hours before cooking, for best flavor.

The bbq rubs recipes below are great, but you should try and experiment with your favorite spices and herbs to create your own rub. Combine various Mexican flavors such as cumin, chili powder, dried onion, and dried oregano to rub onto beef skirt steaks for fajitas. Or try blending together minced fresh herbs like chives, rosemary, and parsley to rub on lamb or chicken. This will give a Middle-Eastern flavor to those meats.

Once you start to experiment with the various combinations of herbs and spices for your bbq rubs, you will begin to appreciate the possibilities rubs offer.

Basic Barbecue Rub


  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sea or kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup paprika
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon dry Creole seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

mix together all ingredients in a bowl. Store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to use. Rub on pork or chicken when ready to grill. This recipe yields about 3 cups of rub.

Wet Jamaican Jerk Rub

The fresh ingredients of this wet rub give this particular Jamaican version of bbq its fresh and bold flavor.


  • 4 cups coarse-chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-ground coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon fresh-ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh-ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh-ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 2 habanero peppers, cut in half and seeded

Add all ingredients in a food process, and process until smooth. Use this wet rub to brush or massage into chicken or fish before grilling. This bbq recipe yields 1 1/2 cups of rub.

Chipotle Ribs Rub

Be careful with the heat in this one. Use less of the chipotle peppers if needed.