This sweet and spicy BBQ Dry Rub recipe is easy to make and can go on everything from ribs, to pulled pork, to potato chips!

how to make BBQ Dry Rub

My parents were born and raised in Memphis, TN, and once we moved away it’s where I went every summer to visit grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. It wouldn’t be a trip home to Memphis without some amazing BBQ. Memphis is famous for their dry rub and, while some people may love a thick, sweet sauce, I’ve always loved a rack of ribs coated in a good BBQ Dry Rub.

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ingredients for homemade BBQ Dry Rub

Even when I’m making ribs with a homemade BBQ sauce I still start them off with my BBQ dry rub mixture. It is a little sweet, a little spicy, and perfectly flavors a rack of ribs, or a shoulder of pork, every time. I even used this BBQ dry rub recipe on the Jackfruit Sliders I made for Father’s Day.

How do you make a dry rub?

The thing about a BBQ dry rub is that there really is no “right” way to do it. It’s all about the flavors you like. My BBQ Dry Rub recipe uses the ingredients you usually find in a Memphis dry rub, a little chili powder, mustard powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, brown sugar, and some cayenne for a bit of a kick. You can play with the ratios of these spices to make it just the way you like. Sometimes I skip the brown sugar to make it low carb, and sometimes I add a little smoked paprika or use chipotle chili powder for a smokier flavor. If you start with the basics and play with it from there you can’t go wrong.

easy homemade BBQ Dry Rub


How do you apply a dry rub to meat?

You can use a dry rub on any meat you like, beef, chicken, pork. If you are applying it to ribs you’ll want to remove the silverskin first (I show you how to do it here) then just rub the BBQ Dry Rub mixture into the meat. If you’re making a whole chicken you can leave the skin on and rub it directly onto the skin. For other pork, beef, and skinless chicken breasts or thighs you just rub it directly into the meat.

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Servings: 10
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

BBQ Dry Rub

This sweet and spicy BBQ Dry Rub recipe is easy to make and can go on everything from ribs, to pulled pork, to potato chips!
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  • Add all ingredients to a small bowl and mix together. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 months.


Serving: 1tablespoon, Calories: 32kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 565mg, Potassium: 156mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 1773IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 36mg, Iron: 2mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Course: Main
Cuisine: American