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The best pork BBQ spice rub in a jar

Homemade BBQ Pork Spice Rub

The best homemade BBQ pork spice rub recipe for pulled pork, ribs, roast, or other cuts of meat. Simple and easy recipe that's great for gifts and stores well. Could be used for any meat including chicken. Includes brown sugar.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Main Course, Main Dish
Servings 23 tablespoons
Calories 38 kcal


  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 tablespoons black pepper freshly ground if possible
  • tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


To make the BBQ spice rub

  • Measure all ingredients and whisk to combine. Be sure to break up any clumps of brown sugar as you do this.
  • Optional - if you want a really fine textured rub, you can pulse it in a food processor or spice grinder before storing.
  • Pour into an airtight container and store in a cool, dark place. If using a resealable plastic bag, be sure to remove as much air as possible prior to sealing.

To use the BBQ spice rub

  • Pat meat dry with paper towels. Drizzle a tiny bit of oil onto the meat, rubbing it in to every surface. Liberally rub 1-4 tablespoons of spice rub per pound of meat into the surfaces of the meat, making sure to reach all the nooks and crannies and under the skin. Cook using any dry method, such as grilling or roasting. You can also cook the meat in the slow cooker, Instant Pot, or air fryer. If using the Instant Pot, use steam only - do not submerge the meat in liquid.


The white and brown sugar in this spice rub may cause it to harden over time. This is okay and will not affect the flavor. Simply crush it with a spoon or pulse a few times in a food processor or spice grinder. It will be as good as new.
Recipe as written makes approximately 1.5 cups of rub which is 24 tablespoons. Nutritional information is for 1 tablespoon, so you may need to adjust calories, etc according to how much you actually use.


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 38kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 609mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 39IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
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