Sweet and Smokey Chipotle Rub

I was talking to a friend yesterday as we were waiting to pick up our kids from school. During the conversation, she said to me that she couldn’t believe I used to be a vegetarian. I said that considering my grill, smoker and total love for meat it is hard to believe that during some of my time at university I did not eat meat. While I totally respect people who have made dietary choices for themselves like refraining from eating meat, I just couldn’t do it. Anyone who knows me now, and those who follow my blogging, are typically not surprised. My love for meat it quite obvious.

That is why I am so pumped about Rub Week. Yesterday, we got off to a great start with the Island Spice Rub. A jerk inspired rub that is great on chicken and seafood.

Today’s rub is called Sweet and Smokey Chipotle Rub. This rub, is one I always have in a mason jar on my spice shelf.  I usually quadruple this batch so that I have it on hand any time I need it. The smokey flavour comes from the chipotle powder and smoked paprika. Cumin and coriander give the rub a southwest or tex-mex essence and the dark brown sugar caramelize the rub on the meat as it grills. It truly is a classic rub and it goes great on chicken or any cut of pork (ribs, chops, tenderloin and more!).

Below are pictures of pork medallions rubbed with the Sweet and Smokey Chipotle spice rub. To make them, take a pork tenderloin and remove the silver skin if there is any on the meat. Slice into 1 inch medallions and toss in the sweet and smokey chipotle rub making sure a generous amount of the spice is all over the meat. Rub the spice into the meat and shake off any excess. Grill in a hot oven, using direct heat. Cook for 3-5 minutes per side. Let the meat rest for a couple minutes before serving.

Course: Spice Rub
Author: Steve Cylka


  • 2 tbsp chipotle powder
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp coriander
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp dark brown sugar


  1. Mix ingredients together and store in an airtight container like a mason jar.
  2. Use on shrimp, chicken, pork or other meats.



  1. like the rub. takes a smoker to appreciate it. i also like the pic with the jar on its side.

  2. Mmmm, you know I love anything chipotle! 🙂 Looks like a fantastic, versatile rub to have at hand.

  3. I’m totally in love with this run, especially because I’m a huge chipotle fan. I can’t wait to slather this all over some ribs!

  4. This rub looks fabulous! I cant wait to try it on some ribs or a steak. So awesome 🙂

  5. Love this smoky ensemble 🙂

  6. I also used to be a vegetarian, but I still don’t eat all that much meat. But there is no way I could refuse these, they look excellent. I LOVE chipotle. I put it in almost everything 😉

  7. I love your rub recipe posts. This is also a fantastic recipe…you could sell these rubs!

  8. We just smoked a pork loin and use your dry rub. It’s lip smacking good!

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