Homemade Pork Rub

close up of a variety of herbs and spices with a focus on the pepper, garlic granules, and cayenne powder.

This simple BBQ pork rub is used for the low and slow style of smoking. It is perfect for ribs, pork shoulder, pork neck, and other similar cuts. If you want to use it for grilling then the sugar needs to be removed as it burns at high grilling temperatures.

Note that the chili powder is the blend that is used to make chili con carne or similar dishes, not the pure ground chili that has the same name in some places around the world.

Making the rub at home allows you to adjust it to your personal taste, especially salt and sugar levels. These can sometimes be used at high levels to make a commercial rub viable as they are cheaper than the expensive herbs and spices.

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Close up of the brown sugar in a white tray of various herbs and spices.
The brown sugar is a bit moist but fine if using straight away, not good for storage.
A set of measuring spoons sitting in front of a square plate of herbs and spices.
Measure the herbs and spice but feel free to experiment with amounts to personal tastes.
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The ingredient volumes may be adjusted as long as the ratios remain the same.
close up of a variety of herbs and spices with a focus on the pepper, garlic granules, and cayenne powder.
Adjust the heat to your preverence by varying the black pepper and cayenne.

Homemade Pork Rub Recipe

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close up of a variety of herbs and spices with a focus on the pepper, garlic granules, and cayenne powder.
This simple BBQ Pork Rub is used for low and slow smoking. It is perfect for ribs, pork shoulder, pork neck, and other similar cuts.
Preparation 15 minutes
Ready in 15 minutes
Servings 1 Servings
CourseCondiment
InfluenceGlobal
DifficultyBeginner
MethodNo Cook

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic granules
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

  • Measure out the brown sugar, salt, chili powder, cumin, mustard, garlic granules, cayenne, and black pepper.
  • Combine well until one homogeneous color.
  • Store in a clean jar in a cool, dark place.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 253kcalCarbohydrates: 55gProtein: 6gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 14365mgPotassium: 708mgFiber: 10gSugar: 37gVitamin A: 7985IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 158mgIron: 7mg

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