Steve’s Basic BBQ Rub

A classic rub that is great for grilled and smoked meat. Perfect rub recipe for smoking or grilling and great on pork, chicken and seafood.

I believe that almost anything grilled or smoked tastes better with a rub. I have many different rubs for different meats and flavours, but this is my go-to rub.

I usually make triple this recipe and keep it in a massive mason jar and it lasts me a month or two. It is awesome on ribs and chicken. It also tastes great on pork chops.

A classic rub that is great for grilled and smoked meat. Perfect rub recipe for smoking or grilling and great on pork, chicken and seafood.

There are so many different recipes that I usually use this as my base rub. It is especially great used during smoking and here are a few recipes that this rub gets used:

Update: Some people have commented that this rub is quite hot. I like very spicy food, so this has been the way I make it. But, I adjusted the recipe and reduced the cayenne pepper to 1 tablespoon to tame down the level of heat. If you like your food spicy, you may want to increase it to 2 or even 3 tablespoons.

A classic rub that is great for grilled and smoked meat. Perfect rub recipe for smoking or grilling and great on pork, chicken and seafood.

Steve's Basic BBQ Rub

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A classic rub that is great for grilled and smoked meat. Perfect rub recipe for smoking or grilling and great on pork, chicken and seafood.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 3 cups

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup paprika
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp thyme
  • 2 tbsp dry mustard
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp cayenne pepper or more if you want it spicier
  • 1 tbsp sage

Instructions

  • Mix all the ingredients together well and keep in an air tight container in the same place that you keep your spices.
  • To use: rub into the meat and let sit in the fridge for 1 or 2 hours before grilling/smoking

Notes

If you like a spicier rub, add a little more cayenne.

 

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A classic rub that is great for grilled and smoked meat. Perfect rub recipe for smoking or grilling and great on pork, chicken and seafood.

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46 comments

  • 5 stars
    Love the basic rub. It’s even great on prokchops when grilling.

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  • 5 stars
    I have been looking for a rub that would satisfy all. This rub did all of that. I added a pinch less of cayenne pepper and the rub was spicy but not over the top. I didn’t have sage and I substituted Bell’s seasoning and it was awesome. I have used it on smoked ribs (using Steve’s 3-2-1 method) and on rotisserie chicken (with no added bbq sauce) and it has 5 stars from the 3 adults in this household!

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  • Darrell here good job Steve
    My comment I find heating cumin on stove intensifies its flavor.

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    • Thanks for the tip!

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  • 5 stars
    I’ve been using this rub for a couple years now and I think it’s great on chicken and pork. Thanks for sharing

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    • So glad you enjoy the rub. This is my ‘go-to’ rub for pork and chicken.

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  • 5 stars
    Dang good rub

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    • Thanks! Glad you like it! It is definitely my ‘go to’ rub.

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  • 4 stars
    Fantastic rub. My kids have a low tolerance for fire, so I left out anything spicey. I also like to crush up coriander for the nice flakey look all over the meat and the almost-minty taste.

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